How to Chill a Cocktail Glass

How to Chill a Cocktail Glass

If you’ve ever been to an upscale bar and wondered why the drink tasted so divine, the answer might not be what’s in the glass; it might be the glass itself. 

A perfectly chilled glass can help keep cocktails colder for longer. And a frosted glass adds a striking visual (and tactile) element to any drink. We asked Nicolas de Soto, a bartender at Brooklyn’s craft bar Dram for some pointers on how to chill a cocktail glass:

Option # 1
The Freeze: Yes, it’s just this simple:  To achieve an opaque, frosty sheen, place a cocktail glass in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, “but don’t open and close the door during that time,” de Soto advises. 
For those in a hurry, a five-minute stint in the freezer will also chill glasses nicely, though it won’t frost over.

Option #2
The Fizz: For a quick-chill fix, fill a martini glass with crushed ice and soda water while preparing the cocktail, about a minute or so. “The carbonation accelerates the freezing process,” de Soto explains. “If you don’t have soda water, you can use crushed ice alone.” Be sure to dump out the ice and soda water, then pour the cocktail into the empty chilled glass.

Option #3
The Swirl: Although this trick won’t work in a V-shaped martini glass, it can be effective for Champagne flutes, as well as Old-Fashioned or Rocks glasses.  Fill the glass with ice and water and swirl it quickly. Again, dump out the ice and water, and pour or build the drink in the now-chilled glass.

Published on September 27, 2010