Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
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Order Your Drink In A Short Glass

Man, I really really like drinking. Like, a lot. When I'm not drinking I'm looking at my watch and daydreaming about when I CAN have a drink again. Not a day goes by that... oh, sorry, was I alt-texting out loud?Science gets Servicey!

Researchers have discovered that people tend to pour more generous measures of spirits when using short, wide tumblers rather than tall slender glasses. Choosing the wrong shaped glass can lead to drinkers consuming almost twice as much alcohol, the researchers from Oxford University found…. [T]he study by leading psychologist Professor Charles Spence also found that people drink 88 per cent more when using a short wide glasses compared to a taller glass containing the same amount of alcohol. In the study even veteran bartenders poured 26 per cent more alcohol into tumblers than highball glasses.

This discovery will have profound implications on the way in which I deal with bartenders. It's almost autumn and now I learn this? My life is about to change in marvelous ways. If you could see me now you would be looking at a man grinning from ear to ear (and drooling a bit). Professor Charles Spence, you, sir, are a hero. And I, my friends, am off.

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Matt (#26)

My friend, a professional, and I were talking about this the other day. The other thing is? Order a good Scotch, neat. Bars won't jam a pourspout in a bottle with a cork and most bartenders have no idea how to judge a pour without one. Added value.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Please tell me your friend has a blog with more of these important bits of advice. Please!

garge (#736)

I wonder how it would come across if you order it neat but with a lowball glass of ice–like you are a weirdo, or similar to those people who order a double shot of espresso & a cup of ice from a coffee shop, and then proceed to make their own ghetto iced lattes?

deepomega (#1,720)

Why are you putting ice in your scotch, garge? Are you trying to make me weep?

garge (#736)

Jesus, I am getting lambasted on all sides for this. Next time you are in town, buy me good scotch, and I will drink it as neat as the day you were born.

mathnet (#27)

I both share garge's curiosity and confess to making ghetto iced lattes.

But I mean, if they can't judge a pour regardless, then would asking for scotch with a few rocks really cancel out the potential added value? (They're not gonna fill it to the rim just because you ask for it neat.)

mathnet (#27)

(Just trying to make deep o cry.)

deepomega (#1,720)

-faints with The Vapors-

Matt (#26)

No, no. They're not going to fill it to the rim if you ask for it neat — but. The standard is to fill it to the rim (or just below) loaded with ice if you order it on the rocks. Pourspout or no. The closer the finished drink is to the the top of the glass either way, the easier it is to gauge. Why neatness counts is that a finished neat pour is still in the bottom half of a rocks glass, and the novice or uncaring barkeep is much more likely to pour you what's really two drinks without being the wiser.

(As an aside, this all gets thrown out the window if they serve a neat whiskey in a shot glass, as some places will do. Then you have to fight the urge to take the whole thing back in one go. This is how they get ya.)

Garge, you can totally get away with this most places.

roboloki (#1,724)

quick, someone open a bottle of the dalmore and gently waft it under deepo's nose.

garge (#736)

I would be so pissed if I ordered a drink neat and it came in a shot glass! But then again, I get super irritated if a bar that traverses the ten dollar mark for cocktails won't make a drink with crushed ice. (I swear to god, I am not high maintenance).

I am going to test your theories, Matt; since I am a lightweight and can delineate between the one, two, and three drink marks with precision, I won't even have to bring any weights or measures.

scrooge (#2,697)

Researchers from Oxford, eh? Well, they ought to know.

6h057 (#1,914)

::waits for it::
::waits for it::
::waits for it::

THAT'S WHY I ALWAYS DRINK FROM THE TUB!!

::falls over::

C_Webb (#855)

"Order your drink in a short glass" is like the "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may" of the Summer of Suck.

omitofo (#4,921)

Don't they just drink from the bottle in England anyone? The social contract on that island includes being in a constant state of inebriation.

long (#7,391)

The link's down and I can't find a copy of the paper on Spence's website… did this research actually happen?

long (#7,391)

After some digging, it turns out that Spence didn't do the research (see http://www.thefreelibrary.com/A+touch+of+glass;+LETTERS.-a0236609595)

It was actually Wansink and van Ittersum in 2005 in the British Medical Journal.

Miktyson (#252,951)

Fascinating information I haven’t been experienced such information in quite a long time. shave ice syrup

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