Regardless what type of food service operation you have, most likely glassware is a part of your mix.
Some important things to note about glassware in general:
- Some are available in rim tempered and fully tempered. What this means is that the piece is hardened after the initial manufacturing creating a much more durable product that is less likely to shatter and chip.
- Allow recently washed glasses time to reach room temperature. Using it soon after washing can result in thermal shock.
- Do not stack glasses. Stacking glasses is a poor way to transport/store glasses as it leads to chipping.
- Never scoop ice with a glass, use a scoop. Of course this can result in glasses chipping or breaking, but moreover, it could lead to the glass leaving shards amongst your ice!
Your business type and types of beverages being served will determine what all you will need because each style of glass is made for a particular purpose and there are a ton. For example, bar drinks alone have over half a dozen styles of glasses. Below we have outlined many of the styles of glasses and detail what their applications are.
|Type of Glass||Image||Description|
|Water Glasses||These glasses can be used for any purpose, but you can choose to use smaller glasses for water than you use for other beverages because a lot of guests use water to supplement their beverages, not act as their primary beverage. These glasses range from 5-14 oz.|
|Beverage Glasses||These all-purpose glasses can be used to hold any beverage you wish. They come in various sizes, shapes, and capacities to fit your dining room needs. These glasses are typically 12 oz.|
|Juice Glasses||These small glasses are usually about 4 to 6 oz. and are designed to hold small portions of juice.|
|Coffee Glasses||These glass mugs can be used to hold any type of warm or iced beverage such as coffee, tea, or cider. In a bar setting, they are often used to serve Irish coffee because the glass mug keeps the beverage warm while adding a decorative touch to the drink.|
|Coffee Mugs||When serving coffee, you can choose between coffee glasses, porcelain, and ceramic mugs. When purchasing dinnerware, see if your China pattern has a coffee mug that matches.|
|Beer Mugs & Steins||These heavy, thick mugs are designed to hold beer without breakage. They have sturdy handles for easier lifting. Beer steins are a special kind of beer mug that originated in Germany. A stein is much like a beer mug but includes a thumb rest or a lid.|
|Beer Glasses||Some glasses are specifically designed to hold pints of beer or pilsner and lager beers. Pilsner glasses are flared with the top being wider than the bottom. Pint glasses are perfect for holding water, soda, or beers and ciders from the tap.|
|Hurricane Glasses||These glasses are shaped like the old-fashioned hurricane lamps and are designed to hold fruity cocktails and other mixed drinks.|
|Margarita Glasses||Margarita glasses are usually large with a bowl shape and sometimes have a smaller bowl below the large below as a decorative touch. The glass is wide so that the rim can be coated in salt or sugar to accent the drink,.|
|Martini & Cocktail Glasses||For serving martinis or any other cocktail, use a martini glass or cocktail glass. The triangular bowl shape holds martinis, cosmopolitans, Manhattans, and other variations of the cocktail.|
|Rock Glasses||These small tumblers are used to serve mixed drinks on the rocks and liqueur drinks.|
|Highball Glasses||These tall glasses are perfect for holding larger cocktails and mixed drinks such as whiskey and soda, Long Island iced tea, a mojito, or a Bloody Mary. They also can be used as an all-purpose beverage glass.|
|Old Fashioned Glasses||These glasses are also known as lowball glasses and can work as rocks glasses. They are great for holding small mixed drinks like their namesake, the Old Fashioned, or any type of liquor served on the rocks.|
|Collins Glasses||These glasses are designed to hold a Tom Collins mixed drink but they can be used to hold any number of mixed drinks. They resemble highball glasses but are taller and more slender.|
|Shot, Shooter, and Whiskey Glasses||For measuring or serving shots, use a shot, shooter, or whiskey glass. These glasses can be used to hold single liquors or liquor concoctions. Shooter glasses are usually slightly taller than shot glasses, while whiskey glasses are wide enough to fit ice. The bottoms of the glasses are extra thick so that they absorb the shock of being slammed on a surface.|
|Brandy Snifters||These glasses have a shorter stem than wine glasses and are designed to hold brandy, a spirit that is made from distilled wine and often served after dinner. The glasses are capable of holding much more liquid than should be poured. Fill the glass about a third of the way up so that the brandy can breathe in the glass.|
|Red Wine Glasses||Red wine glasses are designed to have a larger rim so that the person drinking the wine can smell the aroma while sipping the wine. Stemless wine glasses can also be used for red wines because the wine is served at room temperature and will not quickly grow warm in the guest's hand.|
|White Wine Glasses||White wine glasses have a smaller rim than the red. The stemmed glasses keep chilled wines cooler longer as the person drinking the wine can hold the stem instead of holding the glass, warming its contents.|
|Dessert Wine Glasses||Smaller than most wine glasses with a more rounded bowl. The small size and a special angled rim help to direct the wine to the back of your mouth which is ideal for sweet, unfortified wines like Muscat or Icewine.|
|Port Glasses||Port glasses resemble red wine glasses, only they are smaller with a tall, narrow bowl. They are made to hold fortified wines like port or wines with a strong aroma. They can also be used for sherry.|
|Glass Goblets||Goblets have a shorter stem than wine glasses but can still be used to hold wine or sherry. They can also be used to hold water or other beverages.|
|Champagne Glasses||These glasses are usually fluted with a tall and narrow bowl for holding champagne. The small opening helps keep the carbonation inside of the glass longer so that it keeps the drink from going flat. These glasses are great for holding mimosas and other cocktails as well as champagne.|
|Mixing Glasses||Mixing glasses are essential for bartenders. When used in tandem with a shaker, it allows awesome cocktails to be made.|
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