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Choosing a complete collection of cocktail glasses is an important investment. Whether you entertain regularly, or only on holidays or special occasions, having the glass designed for the drink or drinks served will make the difference between just making do, and presenting a refined and knowledgeable atmosphere to the festivities. Serving Margaritas in cheap water tumbler glassware just will not do!
Selecting a set of basic crystal specifically for the purpose of serving cocktails is not necessarily a large expense and often can even be accomplished over a period of time, as the budget permits. Choosing a simple and basic design that is always available will allow you to purchase a complete set of one type of cocktail glasses or one of each glass you will need for your collection. First, you will need to decide which type of drinks are normally served in your home. For wines and liqueurs, a set containing basic cordial or sherry, coupette or margarita, brandy snifters, flutes for champagne and white or red wine glasses will suffice. The beauty of this collection is the ability to display them on a suspended wine rack, either in the kitchen, dining room, den or even a special spot in the living room near the liquor cabinet. This adds an elegance to the home's decor, as well as keeping the glasses handy for use.
If your tastes lean more toward mixed drinks, as set of highball, old fashioned, whiskey sour and shot or shooters, perhaps both double and single, along with a tall and slender Collins style glass for Tom Collins and Long Island Iced Tea will complete your collection. For beer lovers, the traditional heavy beer mug and the pilsner sleeve style will cover your needs. These styles are best displayed in a china cabinet or artfully along a shelf near the drink supply area. Of course, many of these can serve double purpose uses for regular family dining and be stored conveniently in kitchen cabinets.
Even if you do not normally serve alcoholic drinks at your gatherings, there are still some items that will permit you to serve drinks with style. Of course, everyone needs an elegant punch bowl, which is useful for so many occasions, especially holiday celebrations for family gatherings. But there are many layered drinks and parfaits that are best presented in a cordial or Pousse Cafe glass, which is a small and cylindrical design, making it easy to layer ingredients. An Irish Coffee Mug can not only be a means for refined presentation of Irish Coffee but is a wonderful way to serve hot chocolate with whipped cream, perhaps adding sugar to the rim before serving. This is a special treat for all ages, especially when warming by the fire after enjoying the crisp winter air and building snowmen outside.
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