So you think you know Gin? You might think of yourself as a bit of a Gin-fanatic; know your Old Tom from your London Dry, your Martini from your Martinez, or perhaps you have a very respectable Gin collection at home? But if you really want to impress with your Gin knowledge, then keep on reading.
We’ve rounded up the best glassware for all of your favourite Gin drinks, because let’s be honest, presentation is almost as important as the drink itself – why do you think there are so many #cocktails on Instagram?
First up, there’s no wrong way to drink Gin, but there’s definitely the best way, and that means using the right glassware. As well as looking fancy, the right glass is designed to make your drink even better; from stemmed glasses which mean the heat from your hand won’t warm the drink, to the shape of the rim to contain the drink’s aromas.
Let’s Start with the Classic - Highball GlassBest used for long drinks, the highball usually holds 12 fl. oz., so it’s perfect for mixed drinks such as a Tom Collins, or a G&T. You could use a highball for a punch too, although many bars will serve a punch in a dedicated cup with handle.
To make your G&Ts a bit more special, consider using copa glasses. There are often called balloon glasses, due to their shape, but the name ‘copa’ comes from the Spanish word for ‘glass’ and it was in fact the Spanish who started the trend of serving a Gin and Tonic in this way.
Want to Impress with Your G&Ts? Use a Copa Glass!
The copa glass has a long stem, and the large, rounded shape means it can hold lots of ice, as well as a big garnish. It narrows towards the top, so the aromas of the Gin and garnishes stay contained within the glass, and when you take a sip, you get the full hit of the juniper smell.
Load up your copa with ice – and don’t be shy here. You want it almost full with cubed ice, as anything less will just melt and water down your drink. Next, add your Gin of choice (for a truly authentic taste of Spain, try Gin Mare), along with your garnish (citrus peels, sprigs of rosemary, juniper berries) and top with your favourite tonic. Relax, and imagine you’re on the Spanish coast.
Prefer Your Gin Neat? No Problem with a Tumbler!Get yourself a tumbler and serve it near, or on the rocks. Tumblers should be short and fairly wide glasses, but the term’s often used to describe any heavy-bottomed glass. You may also hear a tumbler referred to as a rocks glass. The likelihood is, if you’re drinking neat Gin, you won’t be drinking more than a measure or two at a time, so a big glass isn’t necessary.
Iconic Martini Glass for a Special ExperienceWant something more specialist? You got it. Let’s start with the iconic Martini glass, which is technically called a cocktail glass, but the two are often used interchangeably. In actual fact, the cocktail glass is usually slightly smaller. The Martini glass was formally introduced in 1925 as a modern take on the Champagne coupe glass (or Champagne bowl, as it’s often called).
The wide brim of the glass allows the Gin – the main ingredient in a Martini – to release more of its aroma due to the larger surface area. These days, you’ll find most variations of a Martini served in this glass, and they’re named after the glass itself because most have very little in common with a traditional Martini, which is simply Gin and Dry Vermouth.