Cocktails that contain only alcoholic ingredients such as Martini, Manhattan, Old Fashioned, and Boulevardier require stirring, not shaking. And mixing glasses come in handy when making these types of cocktails. Like a shaker, a mixing glass is a container used for combining the ingredients of a cocktail. But instead of shaking, the bartender stirs its contents with a bar spoon.
Using a mixing glass to stir a cocktail allows you to maintain its viscosity while controlling the amount of dilution. It also helps to awaken the flavors of liquors that have been in barrels for a long time. Typically, bartenders use mixing glasses for about 15 to 20 seconds.
Different Types of Mixing Glasses
- Traditional Mixing Glass. Traditionally, a mixing glass refers to the pint glass, a 16-ounce multi-tasking glass that tapers toward the base. For many years now, it has been the vessel of choice for most bartenders when concocting stirred cocktails.
- Yarai Mixing Glass. The Yarai mixing glass is relatively new compared to the traditional mixing glass. Made from Japan, this glass comes with its famous Yarai weave pattern etched on its outer surface. The Japanese also added some improvements to the traditional pint glass, enhancing its visual appeal and functionality. Unlike the traditional mixing glass, the Yarai features a non-tapered design with a wider and heavier base that allows for fast stirring without tipping over. It also has a curved pour spout to enable easy and no-spill pouring of liquids. It is slightly larger than the pint glass and can accommodate more ice for a colder cocktail.
- Stemmed Mixing Glass. Stemmed mixing glasses allow bartenders to mix the cocktail without their hands contacting it, preventing heat transfer. This way, the cocktail chills faster and stays cold longer. These glasses also offer an elegant look that will perfectly adorn any bar or restaurant.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Mixing Glass
- Material and Quality. Mixing glasses can be metal (stainless steel) or glass. Stainless steel mixing glasses are ideal for beginners as they don’t break. On the other hand, the glass ones require careful handling, making them perfect for professionals. Whichever you decide to choose, make sure to find the one with high-quality materials.
- Stability. A good mixing glass should have a wide and heavy base to provide stability. It should be able to sit flat when stirring and prevent tipping over. A thick bottom also allows you to lift the glass without touching the sides so you can pour the cocktail without warming it up.
- Size. Choose a mixing glass that has a suitable diameter. While a big diameter may not fit with your strainer and may make straining difficult, a smaller diameter can make it harder to stir the cocktail.
- Aesthetics. Mixing glasses come in various styles and designs. Select one that will complement the aesthetics and theme of your bar.
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