Cheap and time-effective, the plastic champagne flute is an ideal solution for those of us who are hosting a get together and want to avoid having a mountain of washing up or shattered glassware to deal with
Instead, the plastic flute can simply be chucked out at the end of the night - result.
However, this study has found there's a problem with this otherwise genius plan - Champagne simply doesn't taste the same when it’s drunk from a plastic cup.
The research was conducted by the team at the Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas, in Austin, and found the bubbles in Champagne will behave differently based on the container they are in.
The study was looking to find whether there was a correlation between the sound and size of Champagne bubbles.
Drinking Champagne from a Styrofoam cup proved to have interesting results, with Kyle S. Spratt, the lead author on the study, saying: "It turns out the bubble formation process on Styrofoam is completely different than on glass. So if you ever have to resort to drinking Champagne out of a Styrofoam cup, the bubbles will be quite different."
Andrea Sella, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at University College London, said the same applies to plastic glasses, adding: "Using plastic glasses, for example, really isn’t so good because the bubbles actually stick quite strongly to the walls of the glass [and so are] bigger before they lift off".
In case you were interested, the study found higher-quality and better-tasting wines and Champagnes are finer, and therefore, more active - this is what provides the delicious fizzing feeling. The bigger the bubbles, the more likely they will be to stick to the sides of a plastic glass, thus reducing that icy-cold deliciousness we all want.