Wayne Curtis – imbibe:
The glass became a case study in what happens if something stays too long in the limelight. By the 1990s, the glass had eclipsed the drink—everything in a Martini glass began to call itself a Martini, no matter the color or content. Some of these were potable; many were not.
The Martini glass became the guest that wouldn’t leave. Its size continued to grow, as if overfed on Spanish olives, until the glass became obese. The 12-ounce versions were preternaturally top-heavy and unstable even when parked, easily toppled by a boisterous laugh or an errant knee. A full Martini glass on a small table is Chekov’s gun waiting to be fired in the third act.
Oversized glassware is a great way to warm a perfectly chilled cocktail to undrinkability, but that’s not the only downside to the eponymous v-shaped cocktail glass. Curtis tells the iconic glass’s backstory, along with his opinion on its place in a contemporary backbar. I found myself nodding agreement throughout.
As I read elsewhere, all a well-equipped cocktail bar needs are Collins glasses, rocks glasses, and the elegant coupe.
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