Cocktail glasses come in a variety of shapes and forms and can really make your photo pop.
I’ve rounded up some of the staples linking to where you can buy them as well as links to some wonderful tipples you can pour inside them.
Let’s start with the ones everyone know.
Red wine glass
White wine glass
Highball, Collins and Zombie cocktail glasses
This is the smallest of the tall glasses, holding about 240 – 260ml. It is perfect for mixed drinks and cocktails on the rocks. The shape of the highball glass keeps your drink cold and preserves carbonation.
The Collins glass is taller and narrower than a highball glass with a 300 – 420ml capacity. It’s great for drinks with more than one mixer and is served with a lot of ice.
Named for the Zombie cocktail made of a blend of juices, rum and liqueur, it is the tallest and narrowest of the cocktail glasses and perfectly shows off colourful and layerd drinks.
Margarita cocktail glasses
Margaritas cocktail glasses are usually served in were traditionally served in a “stepped-diameter variant of a cocktail glass.”
It features a large, round bowl with a broad rim – allowing for plenty of garnishes, and the delicious zing of salt when you take a sip.
Hurrican cocktail glasses
These cocktail glasses are named after the Hurricane cocktail that was developed in New Orleans in the 1940s and is a mainstay in the French Quarter.
The glass features a tulip-like shape with a flared rim and short stem, and holds 600ml. Perfect for tropical drinks, the flared lip holds lots of delicious fruity garnishes. Traditionally used to serve Piña Coladas and Singapore Slings.
Martini cocktail glasses
It’s no secret that a dry gin martini is my favourite cocktail.
These iconic cocktail glasses are used for cocktails served without ice. In addition to martinis, other cocktails served in these glasses include Cosmopolitan. Manhattan and Sidecar.
Sparkling wine, MCC and champagne are often erved in these tall glasses with a thin bowl and a small mouth, as this help to preserve the bubbles and prevent it from going flat too quickly.
Pouring tip: hold the glass at a 45-degree angle to avoid excess foam and only half-fill the glass to get the most out of the aroma. I’d love to taste this bubbly.
The champagne tulip glass is a hybrid between a champagne flute and coupe glass.
Its wider bowl lets the aromas of your bubbly intermingle while sipping, and its slight curve allows for concentrated aeration.
This is one of the priciest bubblies I’ve had the good fortune to taste. I’m very keen to also try the blush version. Be warned, if you ever gifted this to me, I’m not sharing!
The broad round bowl of a coupe glass doesn’t keep the bubbles of a drink concentrated, so it has fallen out of fashion as a champagne glass.
Today, the champagne saucer is used for strained cocktails served up – with no ice – like a Manhatten. If you want a glass that will show off the colours of your dink on the ‘gram, this is a great choice!
I would still sip some bubbles from a coupe just for the Jay Gatsby vibes.
There are so many other cocktail glasses and recepticals – shot glasses, copper mugs, Julep cups, whisky glasses, Nick and Nora glasses (so cute!) and the wonderfully oversized stemmed bowls that have become popular for serving G&T. And then there are all the different beer glasses!
Writing this post has been thirsty work, so perhaps I’ll pour myself a little gin now 😉