Know The Right Glasses To Serve Alcohol Before Setting Up Your Own Bar


Have you noticed that different alcohols are served in new glasses, every time you visit a restaurant or anywhere similar? Have you ever wondered why there are different glasses for separate alcohols? 

If you have, then in this article, we are going to help you figure it out. 

Also, if you are setting up a home bar, you have to know these small essential things, like when a wine is served in crystal wine glasses, they taste better in the mouth.

Your Guide To Know Which Glass Is Used For Drinking Which Alcohol

  1. Glasses for Red Wine – Glasses for red wine need to have a large, rounder bowl so that one can swirl the wine and aerate it. The presence of a long stem prevents your drink from warming up. Crystal wine glasses, namely Burgundy, Large Bordeaux, Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir, are used for serving red wine.
  2. Glasses for White Wine – The structure of these glasses are slightly different in the mouth area. They have a smaller mouth area which allows aerating the drink but prevents it from oxidizing in atmospheric air to preserve the delicate notes that white wines have. These glasses are also different forms of crystal wine glasses but are made with the same material as Viognier, Chardonnay, Tulip, and others. 
  3. Glasses for sparkling wine – These glasses have an even smaller mouth and surface area to prevent bubbles from escaping and keep them intact. Flute glasses are slender and thin with a small mouth area. Examples include Champagne, Prosecco, and Asti. In contrast, Fizio glasses and Coupe are also for sparkling wine and cold cocktails.
  4. Glasses for Beer – When it comes to beer, the glass pattern matters for speed, smell, and of course, appearance. The width of the rim of the glasses changes the experience of having a beer. For example, American Pint, which is used for most beers, Weizen Glass or Wheat Beer glass, Tulip for foamy Belgian alleles, Thistle for Scottish alleles, Goblet for dark Belgian alleles, and also a Beer mug for any beer. 
  5. Glasses for spirits – Spirits are of various types, and each one of them has a different glass for it. In the case of spirits, they are usually measured and served.
    For example, Cordial glasses are small stemmed and can hold only a bit of your favorite cordial or liqueur. We all know about shot glasses which we used to have raw whiskeys, vodkas, or tequila.
    Further, there are also shooters for double shots of vodka, strong cocktails, and Single rocks and Wobble glass for straight whiskey. This glassware is also made from the same material as crystal wine glasses.
  6. Glasses for cocktails – There’s no definite shape for glasses for cocktails. They are of very different shapes and vary with each drink like Lowball, Highball, Collins, Martini, Cosmopolitan, Sling, Margarita, Irish Coffee mugs, and others. 


Crystal wine glasses enhance the drinking experience based on their shape. Now that you know about the different types of glasses to serve alcoholic beverages, we hope you serve them correctly the next time!