Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Small Cocktail Glasses!

Fortunately we are amateurs, and are not driven by the whip of commerce to super-size everything in an effort to persuade that big is better.

We are big on small glasses for a lot of reasons.
  • Almost everyone has to drive after a party, so we want everyone to try and taste, but no one has to get drunk to sample everything.
  • A small drink gets consumed sooner, so it stays cold for more of its short life, retaining that 'smiling at you' experience of the tiny flecks of ice in the (shaken) drink, rather than melting into one of those watery margarita-flavored slushies those 24 oz Tex-Mex restaurant Margaritas turn into.
  • Most of the experience of taste is in the first sip or two. Even at a tasting, how much attention are people paying to the drink after the initial delight or initial dismay?
  • If you serve more than one kind of drink, you want everyone to be able to try all of them [which means max. of maybe three different recipes per party]
  • Even the largest shaker holds only so much liquid, and you might not enjoy the evening if you spend the entire the time shaking - with glasses as small as I use, I can shake a dozen drinks at once. That means I can pour a tray full and then go talk to my guests.
  • Vintage glassware was smaller than most contemporary glassware - I have some 5 oz Martini classes from the 30s, and art deco Collins glasses that are 6 oz. Small glasses are part of the retro / vintage effect. I do admit that the 3 oz MiniMartini glasses are smaller than vintage.
  • The mini-martini glasses are elegant
  • Booze is expensive and the costs add up. We've never had the gumption to put out a 'brown bag' or a kitty at a party for liquor- that's too declassé for us. One of our frequent guests made himself even more welcome when he left us a $10 Bevmo gift card - that was really a really classy move by my buddy from Bolete Blvd. You can bet they are invited to every party.

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