How to drink Liqueur

This page is a work in progress. However below you’ll find a little information on what vessel or container you may want to drink from.

Cordial Set from JAF gifts
Cordial Set from JAF gifts

What drinking vessel or glass do I use?

There is no almighty laws that determine what you drink Liqueurs from. However sometimes it’s nice to have a glass that increases the presentation, especially when serving others. Or on the subject of function, there are several types of glasses which are claimed to increase your pickup of aroma or decrease it depending on what you desire.

As you probably know, smell is a big part of taste. It can affect your whole Liqueur experience in drastic ways.

There are a few factors you can consider, the taste or aroma you will get out of the vessel, presentation and even the material of the vessel.

Taste and Aroma

A Snifter is a glass often used for Brandy, Whiskeys or for tasting various Liquor. The glass has a wide bottom side and a narrow top. A wide bottom provides more surface area for evaporation of the Liquor and the narrow top helps funnel the gathered aroma to your nose as your sipping.

I recommend using a Snifter for tasting Liqueurs as well because many of them have great aroma that you may not pick up using a shot glass, rocks (old-fashioned) glass or any other popular drinking vessels.

Presentation is everything…almost

For presentation and when your guests may not care too much about examining the smell of your Liqueur in detail you can choose something different. A full set of Liqueur or Cordial glasses may be ideal and bring some unification to the whole setting. There are of course many different glassware manufacturers all over the world with everything from very conservative styles to crazy outlandish shapes and sizes.

The picture included in this article is a good example of a interesting “Cordial” glass set. I found it on while looking at what is out there.

Psychologically, taste can be affected by presentation. Scientists have studied this and found that when people are in an unusual place or setting it makes the food and drink taste better. Same reason the High-End Liquors and Liqueurs typically have great bottles.

Material and Texture are important

Most drinkers will naturally gravitate towards glass as the material of choice for drink-ware as it does not introduce any flavors, its not porous, and it has a smooth texture with a cool temperature feeling. However you can drink out of whatever you like and sometimes it can really add to a unique party to choose a different material. Many different types of Wood, Stainless steel, Pewter, Stoneware all make a drink more interesting.

Keep in mind the liquor, liqueur or cocktail you are serving and the temperature, color and feel of the vessel.

Where can I find some cool drink-ware?

Honestly, use Google. I don’t have any specific sites at the moment that I just love. has a ton of glassware, I use it because its easy, but there are hundreds if not thousands of import sites, tiny shops selling their handmade or hand-blown wares. Try searching with different terms “liquor tasting glassware” “liqueur glasses” “bourbon glasses” etc. I’m sure someone out there has made something specific for your choice beverage.

See the wikipedia article for drinkware that has a nice list of various glass types.

7 thoughts on “How to drink Liqueur”

  1. Liqueurs can last a really long time. That liqueur is not a cream liqueur so it should last quite a while. It really depends on how much it has been opened. If it was opened many many times it may last less than a year. If it was only opened once, or not at all it could last several years or longer. Oxidation is the biggest spoiler of liqueurs.

    A good rule is that if it starts to break apart and get clumpy you should probably throw it out. Even then it is not going to hurt you, it just may taste bad. Give it a taste, if it is any good then go for it!

  2. I am a liqueroholic . I have a high alcohol thresholds level When do you say you are having too much of it?

  3. I was always taught that the thicker the liqueur the thinner the glass should be (not the shape of the glass, the thickness of the glass wall). I am having trouble finding a set of thin walled liqueur glasses – any recommendations?

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