What are Cocktail Mixing Glasses?
Types of Cocktail Mixing Glasses
- Seamless Mixing Glasses – This mixing glass is the most common type of cocktail mixing glass. As the name suggests, it has a smooth, seamless design that makes them easy to clean and use– without easy breakage! Our mixing glasses are designed to be seamless for this reason.
- Crystal Mixing Glasses – Delicate and beautiful, a crystal mixing glass looks gorgeous on any bar. However, this material isn’t as durable as tempered glass and can break much more easily. It’s also more expensive than glass.
- Diamond Cut Mixing Glasses – These mixing glasses have a diamond pattern etched into the surface, which might provide a better grip but definitely makes the glass look super pretty. Diamond-cut mixing glasses are a great choice for those looking to add a touch of elegance to their home bar tools setup.
How to Use a Cocktail Mixing Glass
- Prepare the ingredients for your cocktail and measure them out using a jigger or measuring cup.
- Add ice to the mixing glass, filling it about two-thirds of the way full.
- Pour the ingredients into the mixing glass.
- Using a mixing spoon, stir the cocktail for about 20-30 seconds, making sure to scrape the sides of the mixing glass to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Once the cocktail is properly stirred, use a Hawthorne strainer or a Julep strainer to strain the cocktail into a chilled glass.
- Garnish the cocktail with your choice of garnish, such as a fruit skewer, a twist of citrus, or a sprig of fresh herbs.
- Serve and enjoy your perfectly mixed and chilled cocktail.
Tips and Techniques for Making Perfect Cocktails
- Using The Right Amount Of Ice – The amount of ice you use in a cocktail mixing glass can impact the taste, dilution, and consistency of your drink. Use enough ice to fill the mixing glass about two-thirds of the way full.
- Choosing The Right Mixing Spoon – There are different types of mixing spoons available, including the classic bar spoon and a spiral mixing spoon. Choose the one that feels most comfortable in your hand and allows you to stir the cocktail easily.
- Stirring Technique – When stirring a cocktail, it’s essential to move the spoon in a circular motion while keeping it in contact with the sides of the mixing glass.
- Straining Technique – When straining a cocktail, make sure to hold the julep strainer firmly against the lip of the mixing glass to prevent any ice or small particles from getting into the drink.
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Cocktail Mixing Glass
- Overfilling The Mixing Glass – Overfilling the mixing glass can make it difficult to stir the cocktail properly, and it may also result in spillage when straining/pouring.
- Using The Wrong Type Of Ice – The type of ice you use can impact the taste and consistency of the cocktail. Use ice that is clear and free of impurities.
- Over-Stirring Or Under-Stirring – Over-stirring a cocktail can cause it to become too watered down, while under-stirring can result in an unevenly mixed drink. It’s essential to stir the cocktail for the right amount of time (typically 15-20 seconds) to achieve the desired taste and balance.
- Using a Dirty Or Smudged Mixing Glass – A dirty or smudged mixing glass can affect the final cocktail– and the presentation of your mixing. Always make sure to clean the mixing glass thoroughly before and after each use.