If you’re considering creating your personal home bar, you’ll need to invest in the right cocktail glasses to really enhance the drinking experience.
From highball and lowball glasses to coupè and martini glasses, each type of cocktail glass plays a vital role in bringing out the complexities of flavors, aromas, and colors of the drinks.
We’ve put together this handy guide to help you learn the correct type of cocktail glass to use for each different cocktail!
1. Highball Cocktail Glass
Highball glasses are tall and narrow and serve ‘tall’ cocktails such as a Gin and Tonic, Mojito, and a Long Island Iced Tea. Typically, these glasses are used when a large proportion of the cocktail contains a non-alcoholic mixer poured over ice. Professional bartenders like to use this type of glass as it allows them to build the drink directly inside the glass itself. Unfortunately, it often gets mistaken for a Collins cocktail class which looks very similar but is slightly taller and thinner and primarily used for a Tom Collins or Joan Collins cocktail.
2. Lowball Cocktail Glass
Lowball cocktail glasses are (we’re sure you can guess) simply shorter versions of the highball glasses. These glasses, sometimes also known as an old-fashioned glass, are short and wide and used for drinks such as the classic Old Fashioned, Negroni, and a Vodka Sour. With their solid bases, the lowball glasses are ideal for drinks that have muddled ingredients to help release the flavors and bind them with the alcohol. They’re also the perfect glass to use if you’re planning on drinking something neat.
3. Martini Cocktail Glass
A martini cocktail glass is one of the most popular glasses that serve a wide variety of cocktails. With long stems to reduce heat transfer from hands to the glass and a domed shape to enhance the aroma, these glasses are primarily used for Cosmopolitan, Martinis, Manhattans, and Gimlets. As the sides of these glasses are steeply sloped, they prevent the ingredients from separating and allow for garnishes on toothpicks to stay upright too.
4. Margarita Cocktail Glass
While it's become normal to serve a Margarita in other glasses such as a martini glass, a lowball, or even in a pint glass, nothing can compare to doing it in a traditional margarita glass. There are a few different variations of the margarita glass, but the most common one features a welled bowl which is narrow at the stem and broader at the rim. The rim of the glass is also often garnished with salt to aid the flavor of a standard Margarita or Tommy's Margarita cocktail. These types of glasses are rare to find in the average home but will definitely add a touch of class to your at-home bar. Plus, they can be used to serve food such as a shrimp cocktail.
5. Champagne Flutes
The classic champagne flute is tall and straight with a long body and equally long stem. Found in many homes and bars, these glasses have an air of class and sophistication around them. This type of glass is ideal for champagne, prosecco, and cocktails such as the Bellini, a Mimosa, and a French 75. The design maintains the carbonation of the cocktail and allows the bubbles to travel further, making it a very visually appealing drink.
6. Coupe Cocktail Glass
A coupe cocktail glass has become the favorite amongst bartenders and cocktail connoisseurs due to its elegant yet straightforward saucer design. Unlike the martini glass, this design makes it easy to mix and pour cocktails as it's less likely to spill over the edge. Plus, the long stem means no heat is transferred from the hands to the cocktail. Coupe glasses are suitable for most cocktails such as a Daiquiri, a Boulevardier, and a Gin Sour.