For any cocktail you create, glassware is the vehicle for drink recognition, attention, and sales. It intrigues, it entices, and it fascinates onlookers. For you, as a creator, the glassware will make your brand new recipe look and taste beautiful. So let's consider the glassware, and put thought into it. But don't just choose based on aesthetics because the opening serves an important function.
In the wine world, specific glasses make a difference in how a wine is perceived. Bordeaux glasses are very different than burgundy bowls. Sherry glasses are different than Sancerre glasses. The reason for this will also affect your cocktail. Why is cognac served in a snifter? Why are there beer specific tulips and pilsner glasses? The answer is the nose!
Your sense of smell directly affects your palate. It influences your taste buds and what you perceive as "fruity" or "sweet" or "earthy." The Sazerac is one of my favorite examples of this; and it takes me back to New Orleans every time I have one. In a glass with a large opening, the absinthe notes are weak and sometimes lost. But present the cocktail in a glass with a small opening, and that tiny amount of absinthe is focused and direct so that it's present with every sip.
Don't be afraid of being picky with your glass. Chances are, your cocktail will reward you.
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