Registering For Barware - A Short Tutorial On Barware & Accessories
Registering for barware can be a little difficult when you aren't sure which glass is used for what type of drink. Department stores have tons of barware to choose from, so before adding any to your registry, familiarizing yourself with the most popular glasses will make your selection process a lot easier. I will briefly talk about the different glasses available and their most common uses. Ready? So, let's get started.
The Martini glasses are stemmed and have a flaired bowl, and are great for other cocktails as well, like gimlets, cosmopolitans, Pina Colada, Daiquiri and more. Brandy glasses are known for their distinctive short-stemmed, chubby shape so the drinker can warm the the brandy in their hand and savor the aroma. Sherry and port glasses are smaller than wineglasses, the average capacity is between 1 and 2 ounces, and they can also be used to serve liqueurs and cordials. Pitchers can serve water, lemonade and can even hold enough martinis for a dinner party, so whether you choose to use this for alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages, be sure to include several of these when you're registering for barware.
Most high end barware is sold by the glass, on rare occasions, you'll see it sold in sets of two or four units. These glasses are fragile and it isn't unheard of for a pattern to be discontinued, so when registering for barware, it's best for you to register for eight of each type of glass and include two replacement glasses as well, for a total of ten. Its best to take the extra precaution now in terms of having future replacements.
When it comes to entertaining, you'll need a lot more than glasses alone, so you'll definitely need to look into acquiring bar accessories. Consider a strainer, which is available in many shapes and sizes to fit different glasses. It will be used to separate the ice from the beverage when pouring, as you have to do when preparing martinis. Double-ended jiggers are the perfect measuring tool for alcohol. The large end will hold 1 1/2 ounces, while the smaller end holds 1 ounce. Then you've got cocktail shakers, these are used for martinis, cosmopolitans and other cocktails, which are very popular these days. For entertaining guests, give your party that extra little oomph, with pretty cocktail napkins and stirrers made of glass, silver or stainless steel. Last but not least are the ice buckets, these are a great investment for parties. Look for ice buckets that are insulated and big enough to get through an entire evening of cocktails without having to refill. As for placing the ice cubes into the glass, be sure to serve it in style using tongs, nothing looks worse than to do this with bare hands!
So now that you've read through this small tutorial on barware, I hope that you'll consider including some of these glasses and accessories when you're registering for barware. These glasses are great for entertaining family and friends, and are perfect for the holidays too! Not to mention, that some of them like the Martini glasses, are great for serving non alcoholic beverages, so everyone can join in the fun of using this pretty glass!