With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to dust off your best glassware and get ready to pour some drinks. Here’s a quick guide to getting the best use out of your glasses so you’ll be sure to impress your guests every time.
Wine Glasses: They’re Not All Glass Anymore!
If you love to share a glass of wine with your friends, then you probably know the much-less-fun task of hand washing every glass at the end of the night. With plastic wine glasses you can choose to wash each cup or dispose of them when you’re done. That way, your memories will be of sipping bubbly, not sinks full of bubbles.
Barware: Shaken or Stirred?
Whether you want to shake up a martini, or you like your drinks old-fashioned—and doubled—you’ll need to know which glass to reach for in each case. Stick with shorter, wider glasses for your guests that take their drinks straight—these glasses provide plenty of room for ice, and aren’t so tall that they overpower single drinks. Pub glasses are the go-to barware for beers and can make almost any beer look like a craft-brewed masterpiece. And don’t forget to have a few classic martini glasses on hand for guests that like to have their drinks prepared in the style of a certain British spy.
The Moscow Mule: Too Special for Regular Cups
Some drinks need a glass that’s specially designed to suit their needs. Coffee has mugs. Champagne has flutes. The Moscow Mule has the copper mug. This vodka-based drink started its life as the brainchild of three businessmen who needed to increase their revenue. One made vodka, one made ginger beer, and the other made copper mugs. Together they created the Moscow Mule—a vodka and ginger beer drink perfectly designed to be served cold in a frosty copper mug—and we’ve been drinking it that way ever since. If the Moscow Mule isn’t your idea of a tasty treat, the mugs work perfectly for other cold drinks
Now, if the Moscow Mule sounds like a great idea to you, here’s a recipe for you to try. In the meantime, keep an eye out for great glasses that will keep your guests sipping pretty all season long.
Moscow Mule Recipe
1 tbsp. Lime Juice
½-cup Ginger Beer
- Chill your copper mug in the freezer before mixing for the optimal serving temperature.
- Fill your mug with ice and add the vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer.
- Stir. Add lime wedge for extra flavor and garnish as desired.
- Sip and enjoy!