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Maintaining Glassware

Posted on January 11 2019

Glassware is an important design element and should reflect the overall theme of a foodservice or hospitality establishment. There are many options to consider before making a purchase.

Glassware typically consists of a bowl, stem and foot, though some glasses are stemless. The design of these features varies depending on the type of beverage served. Standard glassware is shaped by a mold. Higher-end products are crafted from hand blown techniques.

Before finalizing a glassware purchase, it is important to consider these three key components:

Size. Determine which glasses will be in proportion to the tabletop and will work with your preexisting flatware or dinnerware. Glassware should enhance the overall tabletop, not distract from it.

Style. Consider which glassware will reflect the décor and type of establishment. Fine dining, casual fare and hospitality each have different functions, and the glassware should meet those needs.

Design. Make a statement with a colored stem or accented rim, adding a spark to any glass for a stand out effect. A strategic bubble or paneling can create a memorable experience for the customer.

No matter the type of glassware, it is important to always purchase Glass Racks in order to prevent breakage and make transport easy.


Barware: Rocks (Single or Double Old Fashioned, Neat, On the Rocks)

A short tumbler for alcohol served over ice, such as whisky or its namesake The Old Fashioned.

Highball (Tumbler, Long Drink): Tall tumbler used for mixed drinks. Looks similar to a Collins glass, but Collins glasses are slightly taller and narrower.

Martini: A Y-shaped glass, which can be used for many different drinks and even desserts. This popular design is sometimes simply called a cocktail glass. A cosmopolitan glass is a martini glass without the stem.

Margarita: A bell-shaped glass, which is thicker than a martini glass and used for blended and fruity drinks.

Shot glass (Jigger): This glass can be used to measure out alcohol or served straight to the customer. They are generally 1-3 oz. in capacity. A larger version is called a shooter.

Snifter: Distinguished by its short stem and large curved bowl with narrow top, it is best for capturing the aromas of brandy, cognac and liqueurs. This glass can also be used for beer.

Specialty Cocktail Glasses: A Hurricane (or Cyclone) is a curvy glass typically used to serve frozen or blended drinks. A Poco Grande is very similar and is used for festive cocktails, such as pina coladas.

Stemware: White Wine: Slender shapes flatter an array of fruity varietals. Smaller, narrow bowls and tall stems keep white wines chilled and away from the warming effects of hand contact.

Red Wine: Tulip-shaped stemware enhance the bold flavors of red wine. Wide bowls encourage aromas to concentrate at the rim, accentuating the tasting experience.

All Purpose Wine: Versatile tear-drop shape lends to suitability for red and white wines alike. A stylish choice for serving water, juice and other non-spirited drinks in casual settings.

Stemless Wine: Casual wine glassware that fits in the palm of the hand. Bowl shapes reflect traditional styles, such as flutes, goblets and martinis. The absence of a stem makes this glassware dishwasher safe.

Champagne Flute: Tall, slender glassware designed to animate bubble formation. Bowl may be trumpet-shaped or straight-sided and sits atop an elongated, pulled stem. Serve champagne and other sparkling beverages.

Cordial: Petite-size glassware shaped similarly to wine glasses. Serve small portions of specialty cocktails, sophisticated liqueurs, after-dinner spirits, and trendy desserts.


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