At elements we put a lot of thought into our cocktails. Just as a chef would choose the appropriate plate for each dish, our bartenders also choose the proper vessel for your beverage.
Fortunately, the collaboration between technology and old world craftsmanship is allowing bartenders everywhere to create and serve with more confidence knowing their drink will be well received in the suitable glass.
This post is going to provide you with a crash course on our glassware so that the next time you are at elements you can see a little deeper into your drink.
First there is the Collins glass – tall with a heavy base and a familiar shape. Classically used for single mixers (i.e. gin & tonic), we also love it for our non-alcoholic beverages. I believe the Collins glass is one of the most unappreciated glasses we use, and that in most restaurants it becomes the workhorse due to the familiarity factor.
Second is our rocks glass – typically familiar to all, and can be found in most households. Here at elements we serve a variety of drinks out of these hard-working vessels. We have three sizes of rocks glasses:
• Small – primarily used for any spirit on the rocks. It provides us just the right space for our large rock and the appropriate pour, perfect for the old-school scotch drinker.
• Standard – great for serving cocktails and single mixers.
• Over-sized – used for a variety of applications, but primarily is showcased for its ability to house a cocktail plus our large rock.
Next up is our stemmed selection. We have everything from a over-sided cordial bowl to a standard sparkling wine flute. Our sparkling flutes are just over the standard size. This is important when we are crafting sparkling cocktails such as the French 75. We also have a tall narrow grappa glass which clearly is great for grappa and sambucca. The next size down would be our cognac glass which is perfectly sized for a pour of fine cognac with a tulip-shaped rim to allow the spirit to open up. Finally we have our single malt glass – a short, stout, thin glass great for neat poured brown spirits. This glass has an exaggerated tulip rim with an extra inch of space to allow exposure to air, while also providing room for our small single-malt ice cube.
Finally are our cocktail or “martini” glasses. We have both the standard-styled cocktail glass and a stout coupe. Here at elements we divide our cocktail program into two parts – our classic section and our house-invented section. The house-made creations go into our standard all-purpose cocktail glass, whereas our classics are displayed in the coupe.
I hope you found this informative, and that you look a little deeper into your glass the next time you get a drink from elements.
Cheers to fine glassware! Cheers to innovation! Cheers to creativity!