The last few years has seen the gin market explode as independent gin producers launch their own take on the juniper led spirit. A recent survey has shown that almost 70% of gin drinkers think that the best way to enjoy their favourite gin is in the classic G&T. In the past, gin and tonic was served over ice in a highball glass before being topped with tonic water and garnished with nothing more than a slice of lemon. Times have changed and as the gin market grows, so too does the number of different mixers that are available whilst bartenders get creative with garnishes that show off the new modern day G&T.
To help me further enjoy my gin and tonic, the good people at Wineware kindly sent a set of two Schott Zweisel Spanish Gin & Tonic Copa Glasses. If you've been to Spain lately and ordered a G&T, it has probably been served with a little drama in one of these large balloon style glasses. In fact, most trendy bars across the UK are using this style of glass to showcase the 'Perfect Serve',
The Spanish use this oversized balloon glass for a number of reasons and all geared at helping get the most from your G&T. Firstly, the copa is designed to be filled with a ton of ice helping cool the gin and really help the botanicals in the spirit come to the forefront. Secondly, the wide open rim allows the botanicals to work their way directly from the glass to your nostrils allowing you to savour your drink not just with every sip but with every breathe too. The long stems allows you to comfortably drink your G&T without the heat from your hands warming up the glass.
With the weekend upon us and armed with a pink grapefruit, bucket of ice, a chilled bottle of Bon Accord Tonic Water and bottle of Blind Tiger Piper Cubeba Gin, it was time for me to put the Schott Zweisel Spanish Copa Glasses to the test.
Blind Tiger is a small batch gin from Belgium and currently one of my favourite gins, packed with cardamom, orange blossom, lavender and cubeb pepper. Bon Accord Tonic Water is a fairly new player on the mixer shelf, made using Scottish water, the tonic has a good balance of bitter and citrus that works well with the big flavours for the Blind Tiger. A huge wedge of pink grapefruit rounded my G&T off very nicely.
These glasses are a great addition to my drinks cabinet and I'm looking forward to pouring a few more 'perfect serves' in the coming weeks. The Spanish gin copa adds a little touch of luxury to the G&T and I can't recommend the Schott Zweisel Spanish Copa set enough.
I would like to thank WineWare for sending these glasses for review purposes but would also add that the review above is my honest opinion on the glasses. What's not to like, they make a good drink great and for only £15.00 for a set of two, they offer great value for money.
To get your hands on the perfect equipment for serving your favourite gin, simply follow the link to the WineWare website.