Catering equipment suppliers, Stephensons publish a beginner’s guide to cocktail glasses.

There’s no doubt that cocktail culture has soared during the past few years. There are now more cocktail bars and bartenders than at any other time in history and fuelled by the growing list of cocktails are inspiring new ways to serve them – most recently a levitating cocktail machine, don’t you know.

Whilst the latter is yet to be produced beyond a science professor’s garden shed, you’re certainly spoilt for cocktail presentation ideas here at Stephensons.

With your customers now demanding more than just fruity cocktail with an alcoholic punch, cocktail presentation is more important than ever before.

The perfect serve goes beyond enhancing the taste, flavour and aroma, it’s also important from a psychological perspective too.

Customers that see something impressive, something that they can’t recreate at home, are more likely to be prepared to pay premium for something that bit different – it’s a great way to showcase your cocktail menu and, with the rise in online picture sharing, your venue too.

So, to make that perfect serve you’re going to need to know much more than just your martini glass from your margarita glass, although it is rather a good place to start.

Martini Glasses

Martini glasses typically hold between five and ten ounces, although there is the Grande Martini glass which holds 50oz!

These classic cocktail glasses were made famous by the world renowned secret agent who likes his martini’s shaken, not stirred.

Designed to be held at the stem rather than the bowl, the classic martini class ensures that the cocktail remains cool and refreshing.

We’d always recommend that busy cocktail bars to opt for toughened martini glasses which offer greater value in use.

The iconic martini glass design makes them particularly fragile around the rim should it fall over – toughened rims are designed withstand such impacts, saving you replacement costs.

Margarita Glasses

Traditionally featuring a low, wide and large bowl, margarita glasses are slightly larger than Martini glasses, holding between 10 and 15oz.

The wide rim bowl is usually coated with lime and salt, and other cocktail decorations.

Margarita glasses are also ideal for serving frozen cocktails like a daiquiri and can even be used to serve desserts.

Once again, toughened margarita glasses can offer better long term value, reducing breakage costs.

Pina Colada Glasses

Pina colada cocktail glasses are goblet-shaped and are designed to perfectly showcase tropical fruity cocktails at their best.

These goblet-shaped vessels are designed for the perfect mix of pineapple, coconut and rum – enough to make anyone break out into Rupert Holmes’s Pina Colada song!

Recently, we’ve seen a trend of stemmed glassware used to serve a wide variety of cocktails – trying something new and exciting is a sure-fire way of enticing extra custom.

Sharing Cocktail Glasses

Cocktail sharing glasses, punch bowls and fish bowls are a favourite among groups wanting to share the cocktail experience.

From traditional bowls to novelty fish bowls and oversized stemware, here at Stephensons we really do have it all!

If you’re going for something that bit different how about serving cocktails with Falcon enamelware, including beverage pots and cups – if enamel isn’t your thing there are plenty of ceramic and metal alternatives!

Tiki Glasses

The Tiki scene is buzzing at the moment, a revival of what was all the rage back in the 1940’s and 50’s.

From glaring glass skulls to hula tiki girls and volcano tiki bowls, our tiki cocktail range offers a fantastic opportunity for truly impressive, exotic cocktail presentation.

Choose from a growing selection of tiki glasses, mugs and bowls for a slice of Mediterranean fun.

Don’t forget to really set-off that tiki party, you’ll need plenty of lavish cocktail decoration!

Cocktail Mugs

Cocktail mugs of all shapes and sizes are increasingly served at the bar for hearty helpings of fruity infusion.

Be it a glass beer tankard, squashed tin can or a battered old enamel mug, mugs (and beverage pots) offer a unique way of serving cocktails, they’re extremely popular too!

Copper mugs are currently trending and are being used to serve more than the traditional Moscow Mule cocktail.

Go for something metal for that thirst-quenching, cool condensation appearance that will have your customers queuing at the bar.

Coffee Glasses

Cocktails are big and coffee’s big – why shouldn’t they go hand in hand?

Coffee cocktails originated in Soho, London and have since become popular across the country, giving guests a cool caffeinated kick before or after dinner.

To showcase your chilled coffee glasses, indulge in sparkling range of crystal clear glasses.

Double walled coffee glasses seem to be a favourite in venues at the moment as well as the more elegant, traditional coffee glasses.

Beer Glasses

Beer is another unusual cocktail ingredient that has taken hold recently – and we’re not talking about shandy.

Also known as cockt-ales, beer cocktails are increasingly popular and are, of course, best served in beer glasses.

The rise is likely as a result of the craft beer boom which is now seeing a whole host of additional ingredients including fruit, sprits and wood used during the brewing process.

We’ve picked out a selection in our beer cocktail range that will show off your beer based cocktails in the best possible light.

Drinking Jars

That famous Kilner glass jar is still around and is as popular as ever.

Having made the front cover of the Stephensons catalogue in 2013, the Kilner glass jar has given rise to a new era of drinking jars – you can even get drinks dispensers to match now!

Take a look through our latest selection of cocktail drinking jars which is set out tom impress.

Cocktail Glasses

As you can see, we have a vast and varied range of cocktail glasses here at Stephensons, which also includes an expanding range of plastic glasses which are ideal for those Christmas parties that you have planned!

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