Rachel Halpren

Essential Glassware – White Wine

White wine glasses are an essential ingredient for your home bar. Not only is a white wine glass essential for the consumption of white wine, it can also be used to serve up sangria, fruit based cocktails and water.

While white wine glasses come in a number of styles, they are start around eight ounces, average 10 ounces and go slightly larger. White wine glasses have a round bowl with a narrow mouth that enables … Read more

Essential Glassware – Highball Glass

The highball glass is an essential piece of barware as it serves the most essential of drinks, the highball. The highball glass is the workhouse of the bar world, but not as flashy as other glasses like the margarita glass. Highballs are simple drinks that consist of spirit and mixer. No cocktail party is complete with the offer and consumption of highballs.

The highball glass is a thick glass of medium height (shorter than the … Read more

Essential Glassware – Cordial Glass

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Nothing screams elegance like the cordial glass. If it isn’t already an essential part of your barware collection, it will soon be. I love dessert. The only thing that I may like as much as dessert is after-dinner drinks. Not only are they delicious, they look totally cool in the cordial glass that they are often served in.

The cordial glass can be short or tall but its unifying trait is that the bowl of … Read more

Essential Glassware – Collins Glass

The collins glass is an essential member of your barware collection. Every time I look at the collins glass, it reminds me of my first go-to drink, the Tom Collins. You might be thinking how old is this woman, wasn’t the Tom Collins popular in the 1940s through the 1960s? The answer to that question is “yes”! But I grew up in rural Wisconsin and the cocktail culture never diminished (even with the onslaught of … Read more

The Sidecar

There are numerous stories on the Sidecar’s origins. However, Harry’s Bar in Paris is generally credited with inventing the Sidecar for a patron who often rode in the sidecar of a motorcycle. Pictured is the Sidecar we drank at Harry’s.

I am grateful to this unknown and unsung mixologist who brought us this cocktail, as it is my personal favorite, and I am eternally grateful to the Bix in San Francisco for introducing me to … Read more

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