Contrary to popular belief a cocktail mix glass does not have to be made from glass. There are actually two camps that each present a compelling case. The loyalists and old-school romantics make up Team Glass. They prefer the twinkling sound ice makes against glass walls. Then, there’s team metal, whose appreciation for extreme durability supersedes any disdain for the cold scrape of a bar spoon against metal.
Paul Morrison is the lead bartender at L.A. Jackson, Nashville’s lead bartender, explains why metal mixing vessels are better than glass. [Secondly], metal chills drink faster and dilute ice slower than glass does,” he tells us.
Morrison believes that while these features are great for high-volume bars like Morrison’s, he still prefers glass. “I have found that metal ones tend to tip over when stirred. However, stirring in a glass mix glass is just as sexy.
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What to look for in a cocktail mixing glass
The main purpose of the glass will determine which one is best. A metal vessel is a better choice if you work in a bar that serves high volumes of drinks. It can be more durable and will chill drinks faster than glass. Glass vessels look more elegant, traditional, and nostalgic. Glass vessels are also more classic and nostalgic. They often have a weighted bottom that prevents them from tipping over. These vessels work well in high-volume cocktail bars. However, the risk of breaking (no mater how thick the glass) is higher than with a metal stirring vessel. This means that more money is needed to replace them. Home bartenders, though, can get away with either style–it just comes down to personal preference.
Cocktail mixing glasses tend to be cylindrical. Older styles, however, are more round and have a rounded bowl on top of a stemmed pedestal. This is a beautiful way to stirred drinks, and blends well into decor. However, the more common cylinder shape is more practical for everyday use.
In general, mixing vessels are relatively straightforward–there’s not a whole lot of room for frills, so when it comes to features, there are only a few main things to consider. What is the material used to make mixing vessels and how durable are they? Are the designs etched on it or are they minimalist? Is it metal? If so, are the walls double-walled? Is it safe to put in the dishwasher? It might help to ask these questions before you shop.
Is it possible to mix ingredients in a cocktail glass?
Technically, yes–however not many stirred drinks call for any ingredients to be muddled (don’t let the ’80s fool you). There is one exception, however: the Wisconsin Old Fashioned, although this cocktail can easily be made directly in your glass.
Mixing glasses can be used to heat liquids
It all depends on the material. There are no obvious situations in which hot liquids could be used to mix drinks. The main purpose of mixing a cocktail is to chill it and then dilute it. If you’re interested in making, say, a Hot Toddy, you can do so directly in the mug you’ll be sipping it from. Or, if you really want to get fancy, go ahead and dust off that old slow cooker.
How can I clean a cocktail glass best?
Be sure to verify that the vessel is dishwasher safe before you buy it. This will determine whether it can be washed by hand or placed in the dishwasher. It’s a good idea to put your mixing vessel on the top rack if it is dishwasher safe.