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Novelty Glassware For Cocktails: Yay Or Nay?

Do funky glasses enhance the cocktail experience, or are they merely a gimmick?

Helan Singh

February 01, 2024

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Let's talk about something that's been causing a stir in the cocktail world lately: novelty glassware. In case you have not come across one yet, we mean those quirky, sometimes plain bizarre containers that seem to be the rage on Instagram.

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While some argue that these unconventional glasses add an element of fun, purists maintain they distract from the drink’s essence. A cocktail, after all, is supposed to be a delicate balance of flavours, and does the glass shape not influence this?

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On one hand, novelty glassware can be a great conversation starter. For those who find themselves reaching for their phones too much, it is a visual treat that makes the experience more 'Instagrammable'.

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But then, there are people who like to think of the functional (read: boring) side of things. These glasses can often be impractical, hard to store, hard to clean, and, apparently, even harder to sip from.

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A classic cocktail like a Johnnie Walker Black Label Old Fashioned that commands attention and patience is often served best in traditional glassware that reflects its rich heritage. Yet, a playful mix like a Captain Morgan Spiced Rum Punch might find its glassware match in something more lifelike, something shaped like a bird.

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For those who prefer their drinks spirit-free, novelty glassware can still bring the party. A vibrant mocktail in a quirky glass is a celebration in itself—all the flavours, none of the alcohol.

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So what do we say about novelty glassware? Is it a cheer or a jeer? It's about the right time, the right drink, and what you're in the mood for. Basically, there is a time and place for everything, and we leave the ultimate decision to your wisdom.

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