Different types and Classification of Glassware used in Hotel industry


Food and Beverage service outlets use variety of glasses for different types of drinks, results huge investment. Glasses are generally named by the drink served in them.

Though there are many glasses for different drinks, it is better to go for limited types of glassware that may be suitable for all kinds of drinks.

This not only saves the investment but also reduces storage area and makes replacement easier in case of breakage. Glassware contributes to the appearance of the table.

Types of the Glassware in hotel on the basis of Design

a) Plain glass

Plain glass

It is a clear glass. Plain and clear glassware brings out the color of the beverage served. Plain glassware is more cost effective.


b) Cut glass

Cut glass

Glass ornamented with patterns cut into it by grinding and polishing In spite of the attractiveness of cut glass,

Types of Glassware in Hotel based on parts/shapes

a) Tumbler

Tumblers are flat-bottomed drinking glasses.

It is a glass which has only a bowl with straight, widened or curved sides.



Purpose of having thick bottom for tumbler kind of glass is to avoid transferring heat generated from hand to the content of glass so that the liquid served in the glass can be enjoyed in its original service temperature.

b) Collins glass

A Collins glass is a glass tumbler which typically will contain 300-410 ml (10-14 oz) Standard size- 360 ml


It Is used to serve tall mixed drinks, especially Tom Collins or John Collins cocktails.

It is cylindrical in shape and narrower and taller than a highball glass.

For more information of glassware it’s standard size you read this post Types of Glassware in hotel industry & it’s Standard Size


c) Dizzy Cocktail glass

A glass with a wide, shallow bowl, comparable to a normal Cocktail glass but without the stem.

d) Highball glass

Specially used for mixed drinks.

A highball glass is a glass tumbler that can contain 240 ml – 350 ml (8-12 US fl oz).

It is used to serve highball cocktails and other mixed drinks.

An example size is 2 3⁄4 in (7 cm) diameter by 6 in (15 cm) in height.

A highball glass is taller than an Old Fashioned glass, and shorter and wider than a Collins glass.

A highball is typically served over ice in a large straight-sided highball glass or Collins glass. Initially, the most common highball was made with Scotch whisky and carbonated water, known as a “Scotch and soda”.


e) Juice glass/ Pony Tumbler

This is a small glass used sometimes for the service of small juices of fruits and vegetables. It measures 150 ml (5 US fl oz)

f) Old Fashioned glass/Rocks glass

Traditionally, for a simple cocktail or liquor “on the rocks”. Contemporary American “rocks” glasses may be much larger and used for a variety of beverages over ice.

The Old Fashioned glass or rocks glass is a short tumbler used for serving spirits, such as whisky, with ice cubes (“on the rocks”).

It is also normally used to serve certain cocktails, such as the Old Fashioned, from which it receives its name.

Old Fashioned glasses typically have a wide brim and a thick base, so that the non-liquid ingredients of a cocktail can be mashed using a muddler before the main liquid ingredients are added.

Old Fashioned glasses usually contain 180-300 ml (6-10 oz). standard size- 270 ml (9 oz)

A double Old Fashioned glass (sometimes referred to by retailers as a DOF glass) contains 350–470 ml (12–16 US fl oz).

g) Shot glass

Capacity of the glass is 30-60 ml, 1,2 oz. or it vary country to country.


A small glass for up to four ounces of liquor. The modern shot glass has a thicker base and sides than the older whiskey glass.


A shot glass is a small glass originally designed to hold or measure spirits or liquor, which is either imbibed straight from the glass (“a shot”) or poured into a cocktail (“a drink”).

An alcoholic beverage served in a shot glass and typically consumed quickly, in one gulp, may also be known as a “shooter”.

Shot glasses decorated with a wide variety of toasts, advertisements, humorous pictures, or other decorations and words are popular souvenirs and collectibles, especially as merchandise of a brewery.

There are also types of Shot Glasses they are

Cheater Glass: These glasses are for those wary of heavy drinking, their bottoms are sturdy and thick they give the illusion of a plain shot glass when in reality they only hold half as much liquid.

Fluted Glass: A basic shot glass with fluting featured on the base of the glass.

Pony Glass: Pony glasses can only hold about an ounce of fluid each but are normally used while mixing drinks into a larger glass.

Tall Shot Glass: Tall shot glasses are taller, but also narrower. They only hold a standard 1.5 ounces of liquid.


Rounded Glass: In a rounded shot glasses the walls of the glass curve down leaving a 10 centimeter difference between the lip of the glass and the bottom rim of the glass. They are popular in Europe.

h) Table-glass

It is a type of drink ware made from especially hard and thick glass and having a faceted form.

It Is a very widespread form of drinking glass in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Water glass/Water Tumbler

Whiskey tumbler: a small, thin-walled glass for a straight shot of liquor.

Roly poly: short height with curved edges mainly used for serving whiskey. Capacity: 270 ml (9 fl oz)

(i) Footed ware

In this type of glass, the bowl of the glass is on the base without any stem, so that the warmth of palm can be transferred to the liquid served and can be enjoyed both way in case of taste and aroma.

Example are Brandy balloon, Beer Goblet, water goblet, port glass

i) Stemware

These glasses have all three parts, namely a base, a bowl and a stem. Since liquid served in these glasses has to be served and enjoyed at the temperature below warmth of the palm the long stem serves the purpose.

Below are the Some examples

1) Absinthe glass

Originally, absinthe was served in standard stemmed wine or water glasses and water was added from a simple carafe. But as its popularity grew so did the variety of implements used, such as specialty glasses.

2) Chalice (goblet)

It is a footed stem cup intended to hold a drink.

In religious practice, a chalice is often used for drinking during a ceremony or may carry a certain symbolic meaning.

3) Champagne glass

A Form of stemware designed specifically to enhance the drinking of champagne.

The two most common forms are the flute and coupe. In each the stem allows the drinker to hold the glass without affecting the temperature of the drink, making them readily adaptable to consuming other sparkling wines and certain beers.

4) Cocktail glass/Martini glass

It is a stem glass with a wide, shallow bowl, for cocktails.

A cocktail glass is a stemmed glass with an inverted cone bowl, mainly used to serve straight-up cocktails.

The term cocktail glass is often used interchangeably with martini glass, despite them differing slightly. The cocktail glass is slightly smaller, more rounded (in contrast with the martini glass purely conical shape), features a shorter stem, and a narrower rim.

The Martini glass has in modern times fallen out of favor due to their tendency to spill drinks, and the coupe is sometimes used instead.

A standard cocktail glass contains 120 ml-150 ml (4-5 US fl oz), oversized cocktail glasses, ranging in capacity from 180 ml (6 US fl oz) to large glasses of 350 ml (12 US fl oz) or more are available.

5) Fountain glass

Tall fluted stem glass common in soda fountains, family restaurants and 24-hour diner-style restaurants for milkshakes and ice cream sodas.

6) Glencairn whisky glass

It is a wide bowl with a narrow mouth, similar to a snifter’s, but with a shorter, sturdier base, designed for whisky.

The capacity of a typical Glencairn whisky glass is approximately 175 ml (6 US fl oz)

7) Hurricane glass (Poco Grande glass)

A Hurricane glass is a form of drinking glass which measures 20 US fluid ounces (590 ml; 21 imp fl oz).

It Is used to serve mixed drinks, particularly the Hurricane from which it is named originating at Pat O’Brien’s Bar in New Orleans.

It Is shaped similarly to a vase or a hurricane lamp and is typically taller and wider than a highball glass.

Other drinks served in this glass include the Singapore Sling, June bug, Piña colada and Blue Hawaii.

The Poco Grande glass has a similar fluted bowl shape, but is shallower and has a longer stem.

It is used for similar drinks as the hurricane glass, but its smaller portion size (about 12 US fluid ounces) allows the bartender flexibility in determining the size of the drinks offered and/or the amount of alcohol in the glass.

8) Margarita glass

A margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice often served with salt on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice (on the rocks), blended with ice (frozen margarita), or without ice (straight up).

9) Sherbet

A stem glass for ice cream or sorbet. Sorbet is a frozen dessert made from sweetened water with flavoring

10) Sherry glass/Schooner

A sherry glass or schooner is drink ware generally used for serving aromatic alcoholic beverages, such as sherry, port, aperitifs, and liqueurs, and layered shooters.

The Copita, with its aroma-enhancing narrow taper, is a type of sherry glass.

A schooner is a type of glass for serving drinks. In the United Kingdom it is the name for a large sherry glass, in Australia it is the name for a particular glass size, used for any type of beer. It is of different shapes & sizes.

Capacity: 90 ml.

11) Snifter

A liquor glass with a short stem and a wide bowl that narrows at the top.

Snifter (also called brandy snifter, brandy bowl, cognac glass, or balloon) is a type of stemware, a short-stemmed glass whose vessel has a wide bottom and a relatively narrow top.

It is mostly used to serve aged brown spirits such as bourbon, brandy, and whisky.

Snifters capacity is 360 ml(12 US fl oz ).

A variant (another variety) is called a pipe glass or pipe snifter, used for port and brandy.

12) Wine glass

A stem glass that is used to drink and taste wine.

Red wine glasses will be a bit taller and have a larger bowl than White wine glass.


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