Adventures in Glassware — Think Outside the Glass!


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“I am large, I contain multitudes.” – Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

When you look at a glass, what do you see? Do you see a single possibility or endless possibilities? Basically, what I’m asking is this: Are you a glass half-empty or a glass half-full kinda person?

I’m a glass half-full kinda guy. So when I look at a piece of glassware—like these vintage 1960’s Pfaltzgraff 8 oz. goblet stemmed wine glasses
–I see the many uses they might offer, not just the one that is advertised.

Okay, first and foremost these glasses are made for drinking wine and don’t get me wrong, there is nothing I’d like more than to drink a super dry white from these little babies. Perhaps even splitting an entire bottle with a potential love, re-filling these mini-goblets over and over until the cows come home—or until the bottle is done, whichever comes first.



But what else? Well, you could just as easily turn them into mini-hurricane glasses to serve hurricanes and pina coladas in the spring and summer. Or how about making a pitcher or two of margaritas, put on some Eddie Palmieri or Steely Dan, and keep ’em flowing!

And though I would never serve anything meant for a martini glass in one of these (that is indeed blasphemy), I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to sipping beer from them, or hot cider, or a mudslide; or even some brandy in a pinch. Heck, I’d even drink water out of these bad boys, and if you know anything about me you know that I hate drinking water under almost any circumstance.


I don’t want to make it seem like I’m trying to convince you to throw out all of your glasses and only keep a single set. Far from it. I just want to encourage everyone to make sure that each piece of glassware they own gets its due—which might mean expanding how we think about what goes into our glasses. A one drink to one glass ratio is boring, man. Don’t be a square. Don’t be uptight. Think outside the glass.

What about you? What kind of cocktails or drinks would you serve up in this glass?

  • Good points, I need to upgrade my glassware soon. Planning to go a bit crazy this time, hopefully.