How to Hold Cocktail Glasses and Alcoholic Bottles

There’s a reason why cocktails glasses are shaped the way it is. The design provides more than just style and elegance—it also has a functional value that can save you from accidental spillages and the like. 

In the case of alcoholic bottles like champagne and beer, the shape has no specific function similar to cocktail glasses. However, there are proper ways how to hold them in order for you to look worldly and sophisticated.

And if you are indeed looking for the basic and proper way how to hold, then the article I have prepared for today will especially provide you with the answers you seek.

So without further delays, let’s begin…

Martini Glass

Let’s begin with the most popular cocktail glassware, which is the Martini glass. The thin stem and inverted V shape are meant to hold the glassware in place as you consume your alcoholic beverage.

And to hold the Martini glass properly, you need to rest the platform of the piece on your palm while holding the stem. Once you are ready to consume, you can now raise the Martini glass and take a sip.

Wine Glass

In comparison to Martini glasses, Wine glasses have better handles which allow you to manage them even with one hand. All you have to do is to put the thin stem of the Wine glass in the middle of your hand and in-between your middle finger and ring finger. 

In addition to proper handling of the Wine glass, you have to bear in mind how the wine should be properly served. For example, red wine is recommended to be served at around 60 to 65 degrees which are about room temperature.

On the other hand, white wine is best served at around 50 to 55 degrees in order for you the beverage to taste better and enhance your overall experience.

Champagne Flutes

Champagne Flutes are characterized by their long elongated tube. The proper handling of the Champagne Flutes is similar to a Martini glass. You have to hold the base stem to balance the glassware.

Holding the glass like a Wine glass will cause imbalance and lead to spillage, especially if the piece is half-full.

Brandy Snifter

Brandy Snifters are designed to hold larger volumes of alcohol. This is a popular form of glassware used for brandies and beverages with heavier content of alcohol like rum, Scotch whiskey, etc.

Now, the proper handling of a Brandy Snifter is similar to how you hold a wine glass. Using your dominant hand put the stem of the glass in-between your middle finger and ring finger.

A word of caution, though—it can hold large volumes of alcohol which means they can be heavy depending on how much liquor you have put into your glass.

Beer Bottles

Beers are basically considered a casual drink which explains why you don’t see them often at high-end social events. With this being said—there’s really no proper way of holding the bottle. As long as you are comfortable with your position, then everything should be fine and dandy.

But have you ever wondered why beer bottles usually have long necks? Well, there’s a combination of practicality and science behind it.

For one thing, holding the bottle’s neck instead of the body gives you more mobility whenever you are resting and taking a sip. In relation to science, holding the body of the beer may cause it to warm faster. While holding its neck prolongs the cold temperature of the beer, which would allow you to enjoy your beverage for long periods.

Conclusion

The different sizes and shapes of glasses offer more purpose than their apparent stylish design. As mentioned, it takes into consideration the type of alcoholic beverage and the recommended volume for each drink.

As a result, it leads to the variety in the distribution of weight which requires a specific form of how you hold them whenever you consume them or rest in your hands.

Lastly, you may want to consider custom drinking glasses if you are looking to make your glassware collection more elegant and basically aesthetically pleasing that you and your guest can enjoy as they visit your home.