Present after-dinner drinks with aplomb by serving them in the appropriate glass.
- TIP: Store cognac upright, in a dark place, at room temperature.
- FACT: Expert cognac tasters often drink out of blue-colored glasses so they are not influenced by its color when judging its quality.
- Step 1: Serve other sweet liqueurs in a small-stemmed glass that holds no more than four ounces. The shape can vary.
- Step 2: You could put cognac in a balloon snifter, since it is a type of brandy. But some cognac experts prefer a white-wine glass or a tulip-shaped glass because they believe the balloon allows the cognac's bouquet to escape the glass too quickly.
- Step 3: Serving port? Grab the port glasses, which are a smaller version of a white-wine glass. Experts say glasses with a U-shaped bowl are best at enhancing the taste. Don't fill glasses more than halfway; port needs room to show off its aroma.
- Step 4: If you don't have proper sherry glasses, use white-wine glasses or champagne flutes. The important thing is to pour sherry in a thin, transparent glass large enough to allow swirling, which helps release the flavor.
- Step 5: Serve brandy in a snifter with an inward-curved rim to enhance its heady bouquet. Use a glass that will hold about 16 ounces, but serve no more than 2 ounces of brandy in it.
- Step 6: Use pousse-café glasses – either with or without a stem – for layered dessert drinks. Their wider-on-top shape makes layering liqueurs easier.