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Drinking Glasses that Matter
Red plastic cups–or drinking straight from the bottle–may be all the rage at college parties, but once you graduate, you really need to reach for something more mature.
Simple juice glasses are perfectly fine for juice, water, and soda, but sometimes the beverage or occasion calls for something more. Enter fine glassware.
Glass is created by the heating of sand or other rock particles until they become molten. A craftsman (or a machine) then inserts a tube and blows air into it, expanding the mass and forming it to the shape desired. It is considered an art by many, and cannot be an afterthought when it comes to drinking.
For cocktails or other alcoholic beverages, the design of the glass is important to the integrity of the drink. Some glasses are meant to hold ice, while others are thicker to keep the drink chilled by the glass itself.
The length and width of the glass can also affect air flow and help to enhance the flavor of whatever it is you are drinking, or, if you choose the wrong glass, to hide the hard work put in by your barkeep.
There is a science behind something as simple as a drinking glass, and far more than meets the eye.
Drinking Glasses: All for One, But Not One for All
If cared for properly, drinking glasses can last for many years. This makes your decision all the more important to get right.
Glass does not contain toxins that are present in plastic. The fact that it also lasts for years without needing to be thrown out or recycled makes them more environmentally friendly and economical. Some are even made from recycled glass themselves.
Colored and hand-blown glasses are sure to be in style because of their beautiful designs. Handmade is always a hot commodity, as minor imperfections in the glass make each individual item unique.
To go the old-fashioned route, crystal glasses are stunning and provide a classy clinking sound that other glasses cannot match. However, they must be hand-washed to prevent clouding.
You also have to consider what it is that you are drinking. If you're a big beer drinker, or have a family that likes to kill a pint from time to time, then why not splurge and buy a set of pint glasses? If you're into cocktails, you cannot go wrong with a highball, old-fashioned, or tumbler style. Of course, these can also double as water or juice glasses for regular use.
A History You Can Drink To
For over 5,000 years, man has been drinking out of glass-based cups. The first ones may not have been clear and were likely a bit bulky.
But the convenience of not having to squeeze the last drops of water or wine out of an animal's bladder-turned-drinking-pouch was undoubtedly a bit refreshing.
Early glasses were chalices, akin to what we expect the Holy Grail to look like. They were large goblets with short stems that could have been decorated with jewels depending on the wealth of the owner. Lower classes had smaller glasses which looked more like metal than crystal. If one could not afford their own glass, wooden cups were used.
By the 1890s, glasses became mass-produced and imperfections were weeded out. Drinking glasses took all shapes and sizes from the simple to the elegant.
Alcohol is a rather large part of human history, and for a lot of that time, the glass was right there holding it.