Let us shed some light on the subject if you’re wondering which glass to use regarding rum cocktails.
The first question we would address is, why are there different types of glassware for rum cocktail drinking?
Glassware has evolved to make different rum cocktails look and taste better. The function of the glass is dual, first to enhance the aromas and second to improve the temperature. These are two critical aspects of an enjoyable drinking experience. Therefore different-shaped glasses bring out various parts of the drink.
The second question we would address is, which is the correct glassware for your rum cocktail drink?
Below we'd like to offer a list to help you serve your cocktails with the right type of glassware.
The classic, traditional cocktail glass is an inverted cone bowl, which can come in various sizes, usually around 3 to 6 ounces. It is used to serve cocktails without ice, and the large mouth allows the nose of the drinker to get close to the drink’s surface and fully enjoy its scent and taste.
Examples: Rum punch, Mai Tai
A highball glass is a tumbler used to serve tall cocktails and other mixed drinks that contain a large proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer and are poured over ice.
Examples: Dark ‘N’ Stormy, Tropical rum tiki cocktail
The lowball glass or rocks glass are names used for a short tumbler with a solid base that holds around 6 to 8 ounces of liquid. The solid base aids with drinks that require muddling, a technique used in beverages to gently mash herbs or fruit to release their juices. These low glasses can also be used for serving a neat pour of liquor.
Examples: Rum Old Fashioned, Mojito
The Hurricane cocktail was developed in New Orleans in the 1940s and was first poured into a hurricane lamp-shaped glass, hence the name. Butthis glassware is widely used for delicious Piña Coladas too.
Example: Hurricane cocktail, Piña Colada
Martini glasses differ from the traditional cocktail glass by having a larger bowl and being fully conical at the bottom.
Example: Expresso Rumtini, Mango Rumtini
Another specialty drink with unique glassware is the Margarita, served in a margarita glass, a stepped-diameter variant of a cocktail glass. These are rarely seen in general bars and homes, as it has become the norm to serve margaritas in other glass vessels.
Example: Rum Margarita, Mojito
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