Riedel Bar Drink Specific Glassware Collection
Riedel is a brand that often comes up when we talk about drinking glass for our favourite alcoholic beverages. The Austrian glassmaker has long held a soft spot for wine drinkers with their classic and classy crystal wine glasses. This past spring, Riedel released their newest line of bar drink specific glassware. The collection includes six custom designed glasses plus their take on a mixing glass.
The Riedel Bar Drink Specific Glassware Collection is a collaboration between the glassmaker and Zane Harris, a cocktail specialist known for his mixology at cocktail meccas including Dutch Kills, Maison Première, and Rob Roy. They designed the glasses to optimize cocktail enthusiasts experience with seven classic cocktails: The Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Daiquiri, Sour, Peasant, Buck and Julep. The Bar Drink Specific Glassware follow classic contours – so you’ll recognize them – with tweaks to take pour, aroma, taste and even ice into consideration.
“For spirits and cocktail drinkers, the Riedel Bar Drink Specific Glassware Collection has a glass that will fit every need,” explains Harris. “If Tom Collins or Moscow Mules are your thing, look to the Highball Glass. If you enjoy Manhattans and Martinis, look to the Nick & Nora glass. Each of our six spirits and cocktails shapes, plus the Mixing Glass, can be used to create over 3,000 cocktail recipes.”
Included in the Collection are the Rocks, Neat, Sour, Nick & Nora, Highball and Fizz glasses. All items in the Collection are machine-made crystal and dishwasher safe. The bar glasses rest easily in your hand.
The Rocks Glass is for Negronis and whisky on the rocks. The 9 7/8 ounce glass takes standard ice cubes and large format ice into account. The Neat Glass – designed for a pour of spirit or shorter cocktail in mind – looks a lot like the Rocks Glass, only smaller at 6 1/2 ounces. It holds the same amount of liquid as the Rocks glass without the ice. Both the Neat and Rocks glasses work equally well for drinking whisky and for cocktails that work better in a stemless glass.
The two stemmed glasses – Sour and Nick & Nora – are elegantly designed. The 7 5/8 ounce Sour Glass has an outward flaring lip. This design allows any lingering egg white aromas to dissipate and enhances the cocktail’s mouthfeel. In contrast, the 4 7/8 ounce Nick & Nora Glass curves inward at the top. This keeps aromas and flavours in the lovely curved bowl. It also encourages you to take smaller sips. The Nick & Nora glass is meant for martinis; it is a modern interpretation of the classic glass and has a comfortable height.
There is one small detail that may annoy some cocktail lovers. The seams on the stem and base are much more noticeable than is ideal, especially where the stem meets the bowl and base. If you’re particular about the seams on your stemmed glasses, just keep that in mind.
Moving onto the tall glasses. The Highball Glass follows the same design as the rocks glass, only at 10 7/8 ounces, it’s tall enough to top off your favourite spirit with sodas. The mouth of the glass is wide enough to take standard ice cubes and large format ice. The narrower Fizz Glass encourages smooth drinks to slip down more easily. It holds 9 3/8 ounces. The parallel sides create the perfect conditions for the pillow-shaped head of cocktails like the Gin Fizz or Gin Sour.
Finally, if you want to splurge a little, their crystal Mixing Glass is designed for cocktail prep. The integrated measures (90ml) helps with measuring your cocktails out.
Each Bar Drink Specific Collection glass comes in a set of two, with a cocktail recipe suited to each glass.