All beverages benefit from proper glassware. That goes for non-alcoholic drinks, juices, and mocktails as much as it does for cocktails, beer, and spirits. Of course, custom handmade drinkware always takes it to that next level. But when you’re reaching for your favorite Oregon Ducks tumbler, what should you pour into it?
It’s an important question to ask. Whether you’re drinking from that 10-ounce tumbler or one of our custom pint glasses, you want to fill it with the right liquid.
To help you decide what to drink with your hand blown glass drinkware, emblazoned with your favorite college team’s logo, we’ve created this guide. Here are the beverages that best complement your Legendary tumblers and pint glasses.
There’s a reason that “tall glass of water” is a saying. That’s because water is generally served in a tall glass — like our pint glasses. A smaller glass would prevent the drinker from consuming as much of this life-giving liquid as possible. Let’s face it: if you’re thirsty, you don’t want to have to keep going back to the faucet to refill your glass. So go for the big one.
Iced Tea or Arnold Palmer
With an ice-cold, refreshing beverage like iced tea, go for the tall, 16-ounce pint glass. The larger size allows you to add more ice and avoid multiple refills. It’s served this way so often that the iced tea spoon needs to be extra long for those who want to stir a bit of sweetener into their chilled tea.
Since an Arnold Palmer is half iced tea, the pint glass works well here too. It provides enough room for the perfect combination of tea, lemonade, and ice. Not to mention that you get a full 16 ounces of a delicious and thirst-quenching concoction.
Eight ounces of 100 percent vegetable juice counts as two servings of vegetables. That’s more than enough, in our opinion. So if you’re opting for vegetable juice (or a virgin Bloody Mary), we recommend opting for the 10-ounce tumbler. Filled almost to the brim, you’ll get the max nutritional value that you seek.
Much the same as vegetable juice, fruit juice is generally served in three to seven ounce portions. Our 10-ounce custom glass would give you plenty of volume for that amount. However, if you’re a big fan of orange juice or apple juice, no one’s going to stop you from filling an entire pint glass.
Cocktails or Mocktails
The type of glass needed for a cocktail or mocktail depends entirely on the ingredients. For the cocktail or mocktail that calls for a high quantity of liquid mixers, such as soda, juice, or another non-alcoholic liquid, the bartender will want to use a tall glass. A 16-ounce pint glass can contain all those ingredients plus the ice without overflowing.
On the other hand, cocktails or mocktails that involve a limited amount of non-alcoholic liquids and even require a bit of muddling do best in a short tumbler or lowball glass. It’s also wise to have a glass with a very solid base for the muddling.
If you want to really explore the drinkware options for beer, you could find as many styles of glass as there are styles of beer. However, the classic serving vessel for a beer is a 16-ounce pint glass (or 20 ounces, if it’s an imperial pint glass). Bars and pubs tend to favor this type of glass because it’s easy to clean and stack. And it generally works well for a lager or traditional ale. However, there are styles, like sours or high-octane, barrel-aged stouts, that might be better served in a 10-ounce or smaller glass.
Regardless of whether you’re drinking it on the rocks or neat, a 10-ounce tumbler is your best bet for whiskey. In fact, this is true of any spirit poured solo. Keep it in a smaller rocks glass because you’ll want to keep the serving size on the smaller side as well. The alternative could get messy.