How to Chill a glass
Many cocktails are best served in a chilled glass. This allows for the drink to stay colder longer and remain fresh. If you were to serve a Martini in a room temperature glass, or worse a warm glass fresh out of the dishwasher, the drink will quickly absorb the warmth.
Chilling a glass is simple. One method is quite obvious. Store the glassware you want chilled inside a refrigerator. This will give you a perfect chilled glass. Unfortunately many bars are short on space and can’t store glasses in the fridge. It that’s the case then follow this method-
If your bar has crushed ice simply fill the glass with the crushed ice and let it sit for a minute while you mix the drink. When the cocktail is ready to be served dump the ice and pour the drink.
If your bar doesn’t have crushed ice it will for sure have cubed ice. When filling the glass with cubed ice there will be a little space in certain spots between the cubes and the glass. When using cubed ice it’s important to fill the glass with water which will help the chilling process. When your drink is ready to be served simply dump the ice water out and pour the drink.
Both methods will give you a great chilled glass and it works wonders if your bar doesn’t store the glassware in the refrigerator. Here’s an important safety note. Never take a hot glass directly from the dishwasher and try to chill it.
When putting a hot glass in the freezer or filling it with ice water the sudden temperature change can actually cause the glass to crack. It’s rare but it can happen and broken glass behind the bar is a huge pain. If you must chill a glass directly out of the dishwasher first cool the glass down by running it under cool water.
Learning how to chill a glass may not seem like a necessity but it really does add an extra crispness to your drinks and your customers will love you for it.