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Drinkware and tableware used to set a table for a meal are on the list of glassware, as are general glass items like vases and glasses used in the catering business.
It's important to use the right glasses for display and to give your guests a better experience. You can choose from a wide range of home bar glasses to make sure that your guests are served right. You might also like our range of cutlery, as well as mug sets and other kitchenware for sale.
Glassware can be classified according to its composition or use.
Soda-lime glass is the most common type of glass (it makes up 90% of all glass) and the least expensive but it has low resistance to high temperatures and sudden temperature changes. It usually contains 60-75% silica, 12-18% soda, and 5-12% lime.
Lead glass is mostly made of lead oxide, which makes up at least 20% of all glass. It is fairly soft, and its index of refraction gives it a shine that is enhanced by cutting. It is more expensive than soda-lime glass.
The reason why it is important to use the proper glass when serving certain drinks lies in enhanced aromas and correct temperature. These two factors are important in improving your drinking experience; therefore, the following classification:
Shot glasses are a great addition to your glassware collection, whether you're entertaining guests at home or playing a game of vodka shots. Shot glasses are used for drinks that are meant to be drunk all at once.
High-quality spirits are served "on the rocks" or "neat" in single rock glasses. Unlike a shot, these glasses hold liquids that take the most time to drink and need to be done so slowly.
The Martini glass or coupe glass has a big, round bowl with a wide edge that can be topped with coatings. The wide bowl enables the user to inhale the drink’s aromatics while tasting the salt or sugar-coated rim.
A margarita glass is a stem glass with a smaller bottom portion that gradually grows bigger. It's similar to martini glass or coupe glass, but it has a distinct ridge, creating a curved shape that makes it easy to cup your hand around the base.
Flutes are some of the most well-known and popular types of stemware in history. The delicate feel of these glasses makes them perfect for drinks with a strong scent. You may use these for carbonated drinks.
A pilsner glass is often used to serve light beers like pale lager and Pilsen. Different things, like serving cocktails and mocktails, can be done with these kinds of glasses.
The stem of the snifter glass is small so that it can be held in one hand. Drinkers may experience a more unmistakable scent as they sip from a bowl with a high volume and a narrower mouth, which retains the smells. Dark distilled drinks like brandy and whisky are served in this type of glass.
The tall, straight highball glass is used to serve cocktails and other mixed drinks, like those with a lot of non-alcoholic mixers. This type of glassware is perfect for cocktails served on the rocks because its shape keeps the drink cool and keeps the carbonation.
Lowball glasses are short and have a solid base. They can hold 6 to 8 ounces of spirits and are used to mix drinks. Because these glasses aren't too tall, they can also be used to serve a neat pour of alcohol.
A Hurricane glass is a kind of glass fashioned like a vase or a hurricane lamp but is often higher and broader than a highball glass in size and form. The flared lip lets the fruity aromatics take centre stage.
Pitcher glasses can hold anything from beer to plain water. It's a good idea to have these bar essentials in your home bar glass collection if you like to have parties and beer nights.
Red wine glasses have a wider, rounder bowl, which makes it easier to swirl the wine and get air into it. The long stem for these types of glassware will keep your hand away from the drink, which will help keep it cool.
Choose white wine glasses with narrow mouths if you don't want your wine to go bad too quickly. This is done to keep the lighter and more delicate flavours of white wine.
Taking care of your glasses the right way will make them last longer and make sure that your drinks look their best.
If you don't wash and dry your glasses properly, they can retain smells and chemicals that will make your drinks taste bad. Also, grease and water spots on glasses will make them look dull.
This is especially important when judging whisky and wine based on their colour and how clear they are.
Prevent mechanical shock – that is when a glass gets hit by something else, usually another glass or piece of tableware. All glasses can take a certain amount of mechanical shock, but repeated hits will weaken any piece of glassware.
Prevent temperature jumps or thermal shock - when the temperature of a piece of glassware changes quickly. Glass is a dense material, so when it gets hot or cold, it expands and contracts quickly.
All glassware has a certain level of resistance to thermal shock but being exposed to sudden temperature changes over and over again can break glassware.
Style, durability and functionality are three key characteristics to consider when choosing the best glassware.
Choose your glassware according to these five indicators: thickness, clarity, refraction, cut, sound and weight.
The bottom line is to always buy your special glassware from a reputable brand which guarantees the highest quality.
MHC World stocks several brands of quality glassware, including Jenna Clifford, Maxwell & Williams, Mason Cash, and Carrol Boyes.