When it comes to stemware and fine china dinnerware, the options are as endless as your menu selections. Sure using the “right” glasses can seem a little trivial, but if you’re trying to plan a dinner or cocktail party to impress, using the right glassware is crucial. For instance, you wouldn’t want to serve your boss, who graciously came over to your cocktail party, wine in a champagne flute. It’s just tacky! If you’re a little in the dark about which glasses coordinate to which drink, here’s the rundown:
-Highball/Cocktail glass: I always used these as juice glasses until I realized that they were specifically for mixed drinks. It’s straight sided and about 12 to 14 oz.
-Old Fashioned Glass: Also knows as a rocks glass, these are short with rounded sides and are typically 8 to oz. If you’re serving liquor with no mixers, or just a splash of a mixer, it should go in one of these. They are also used for specific types of cocktails like Black Russians, Brown cows, and Old Fashions.
-Wine Glass: This might seem like a no brainer, but a lot of people don’t realize that there are two types of wine glasses—one for reds and one for whites. Red wine glasses are a little larger with a bigger bowl that sort of gradually tapers in at the top. White wine glasses are taller and have a thinner stem.
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