Why is glass preferred to metal/plastic to serve a drink?

Enter a party or a pub. You can’t fail to hear the clinking sound of glasses followed by high-spirited Cheers!

 Any celebration calls for drinks and toasting with raised glasses.

A glass is a general term for the cup/container used to serve a drink. It comes in different materials like stainless steel, copper, plastic, etc.

However, the most preferred material is glass. What is the reason?

  1. It is safe, chemical-free, and made from natural materials, unlike plastic or metal that contains biphenyl A (BPA), a cancer-causing chemical.
  2. Glass does not interfere with the taste of a drink, unlike steel/plastic/copper that tends to react and may even cause food poisoning.
  3. Glass is transparent. Drinks served in crystal rock with glasses are visually appealing, unlike drinks served in steel/plastic.
  4. A good quality lead-free glass does not retain color from the drink, unlike plastic that gets stained easily.

Can soup be served on a plate? Can a cup be used for a sandwich?

Not possible. Because each food has its distinct form and character, and we need to serve using the right utensil.

Similarly, it is not right to use a single glass for all types of drinks. Every drink is different. It is essential to use the correct type of glass for every drink.

  • Dainty flute glasses are perfect for serving sparkling wine/champagne.
  • A stem glass with a wide-mouth and small rim is ideal for serving wine.
  • Tall and thin glasses are for cocktails.
  • Rock with glasses – are perfect for serving scotch or whiskey.
  • A Pint/pilsner glasses are for beer.