"We are facing an epidemic of cocktails served in inappropriately large glasses."
January 10, 2008 09:54 AM
Well at least it's not bird flu. A oversized cocktail epidemic? Is this really a concern? Apparently so:
"A too-large glass gives the drink more time to lose its chill and initial zest, and a half-filled glass looks unexciting, so an average-size cocktail glass of 4 1/2 ounces is the most satisfactory," wrote Collette Richardson in the 1973 edition of "House & Garden's Drink Guide."
Thirty-five years later, just try finding a 4.5-ounce cocktail glass. In fact, most glassware called for in cocktail books has become exceedingly difficult to find. Retailers also are stocked with ridiculously huge double old-fashioned glasses, clocking in at 10 to 15 ounces. Finding the normal six- to eight-ounce old-fashioned glass that most drink recipes call for is difficult but not impossible....
The same is true with wine glasses these days. The sizing has gotten ridiculous. Now you don't buy a glass, you buy a "pour." And that's usually a third of a bottle. And apparently, it's not a good thing. The Washington Post tells us:
"Cocktail geeks have always known that small martini glasses are better."
I'm a cocktail geek and I didn't know that. I like the oversized glasses because they look less... dainty. But apparently the theory is that if the drink is too big, you won't finish it while it is still ice, ice cold. Makes sense to me. Have two small ones instead of one big one. Or, four small ones instead of two big ones. Or, six small ones instead of three big ones. You get the idea.