There’s one simple décor rule that I absolutely live by, and that is: when in doubt, add glass.
Without trying too hard, glass always manages to give a table a sense of elegance. You can add glass with your table’s centrepiece, placemats and even place card holders. When planning your table layout, the simplest place to start is by choosing the drinking glasses you will have on your tables.
Traditionally, we are accustomed to having a wine glass or two on the table, but if you won’t be serving any wine, make sure to replace these with other glasses.
Whether you are planning the table setting for a dinner party, or stocking your bar, here is a breakdown of all the different types of glasses and their specific purposes.
Red wine glass
A red wine glass should have a large, round bowl. This allows you to easily swirl the wine, allowing for more aroma to be released. A long stem also keeps your hand away from your drink, thus preventing it from becoming warm.
White wine glass
White wine glasses should have a smaller mouth area, and a smaller surface area to aerate. This ensures that the wine does not oxidize too fast.
The flute is designed specifically for “bubbly” drinks like Champagne or sparkling wine. The shape of the flute is designed to visually highlight the rising bubbles.
According to some experts, the martini glass’ cone shape prevents the ingredients in the cocktail from separating. James Bond would say it just looks cool – very cool.
Between the 17th century and 1960s, the coupe glass was all the rage. The only thing you did not drink from a coupe, was your coffee. While originally designed for Champagne, it later became popular among cocktail enthusiasts. While you won’t use the coupe for sparkling drinks today, it’s still a must-have for famous cocktails like the Side Car and the daiquiri.
If you are having anything that is carbonated, it is best to have it in a tall glass. Perfect for drinks that have a carbonated soda mix – but just as perfect for your Oros.
Lowball / short tumbler
The lowball is a shorter glass with a solid base. It is ideal for drinks taken neat or on the rocks, like whiskey or brandy.
The Glencairn Whisky Glass
This speciality glass was developed by Glencairn Crystal Ltd in Scotland, specifically for drinking whisky.
It is no longer required to serve the margarita cocktail in a specific glass. Nowadays, you can find margaritas in all shapes and forms. Nonetheless, a cocktail this good deserves a glass of its own.
Beer mugs and steins
You don’t have to be in Germany to enjoy your beer like a German. Large beer mugs are best for beers like red ales, lagers, porters or stouts.
Beer glasses like the Pilsner glass are designed to keep the carbonation for as long as possible, while allowing a foamy head to form on top.