Food - Drink
Why You Need To Chill Glassware Before Making Cocktails
Beyond making your drink look nice, frosting your glassware before making a cocktail can greatly improve your final product. When glassware is chilled, it not only helps keep the beverage colder for longer, it also helps eliminate the need for ice in ‘up’ drinks such as martinis, which shouldn't be diluted with extra water.
The best way to achieve a frosty glass is to pop it into the freezer for 30 minutes before you’re ready to start mixing, according to Wine Enthusiast. However, if you need a cold glass fast, Good Eats delivers recommends wetting a paper towel and wrapping it around the glass, then putting it in the freezer for only a tenth of the time it normally needs.
If you forget to pre-chill your glasses, it's no problem; just fill your glasses with ice, then add soda water, as the carbonation will help the ice to cool the glass faster. After a minute or two, simply empty your spent ice and soda water into the sink and pour your cocktails into your nice, chilled glassware.