Riedel is now shipping its Bar Drink Specific Glassware collection. The collection was created in collaboration with spirits specialist Zane Harris, who is known for his mixology at noted bars such as Dutch Kills, Maison Premiere, and Rob Roy.
The glasses, said the company, are based off the traditional servings for seven classic cocktails: The Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Daiquiri, Sour, Peasant, Buck and Julep. Working in partnership with Riedel, Harris created each glass, giving specific attention to its size, shape, volume and capacity for ice, which, the company noted has the greatest influence in glassware design as it is in practically every drink, not just cocktails. This design concept, said Riedel, has yet to be explored by other glassware companies.
“Every Riedel series has resulted from our keen pulse on consumer tastes and a drive for constant innovation to meet these demands,” said Riedel CEO and President Maximilian J Riedel. “Riedel Bar Drink Specific Glassware meets this need in the cocktails realm.”
The Highball and Rocks glasses are specially made for the standard ice cube as well as large format ice, a growing favorite among consumers. The Fizz glass captures the frothy and pillowy “push-pop” head of foam with its parallel sides in cocktails like the gin sour. Sized to be cradled by the hand of the imbiber for comfort, the Neat glass is proportioned smaller than the Rocks glass but appears full when the ideal amount of spirit or cocktail is added.
The Nick & Nora glass, named after the characters in the timeless thriller “The Thin Man,” ensures an effortless and chic sip, delivering the drink without forcing the tilt of the head, the company noted. Equipped with an outward flared lip, essential for the traditional sour, the Sour glass delivers the silky smoothness to the entire palate, directing the otherwise strong flavor profile to the tip of the tongue where it will be most enjoyed, the company noted, in keeping with Riedel’s form follows function ethos.