When it comes to cocktails, it doesn’t matter if you’re dirty three olives, un-salted rim, bourbon
up or on the rocks–your cocktail of choice deserves one of the many dedicated pieces of glassware that have been created over the centuries to contain it. We don’t want you to have to do any unnecessary work, so we compiled all the essential cocktail glasses you should own right here. From Manhattans and Margaritas, to Bellinis and Mules, all the proper spirits, cocktails, and associated pieces of glassware are covered.
Rocks / Old-Fashioned Glasses
This short, thick, and otherwise unassuming glass is generally clear, simplistic, and used to serve drinks over ice (one big cube for fancy spots, many smaller cubes otherwise). You know all of that. If you’re serving drinks on the rocks, this is the glassware for it. The Internet says it gets more confusing because it’s also an “old-fashioned glass” but seeing as how that cocktail is almost always served on the rocks, we don’t understand the confusion. The point is you need you a solid set of these glasses whether you’re mixing bourbon cocktails
or drinking whiskey straight.
The Cocktail: The Old-Fashioned
(Bourbon/Rye + Sugar + Bitters + Water)
The Cocktail Glass: Godinger Italian-Made Old Fashioned
Whiskey Glasses (Set of 4)
While plenty of the other glassware options on this list offer versatility when it comes to the specific cocktails you serve in them, the margarita glass is specially built for its namesake sweet, sour, salty, and refreshing cocktail. These particular glasses are lightweight, stemless, durable and dishwasher-safe so you can salt the rims, serve up your drinks, and recycle as necessary. Without the hand-washing fanfare. If you’re looking for a cocktail and associated glass to pair with all your south of the border cooking adventures, you want a Margarita
The Cocktail: Margarita
(Tequila + Cointreau + Lime Juice + Salt)
The Cocktail Glass: Libbey Blue Ribbon Stemless Margarita Glasses (Set of 6)
When it comes to brunch (or earlier) cocktails, there are really only two families of drinks to choose from: Bloody Mary or Mimosa. While we generally favor the Bloody family tree of Mary, Maria, Caesar, and the like, those drinks–while delicious–aren’t exactly refreshing. That’s where the Mimosa line shines–particularly the Italian cousin the Bellini. The ridiculously simple recipe of alcoholic bubbles + fruit juice remains the same, except you sub in Prosecco for the champagne and peach puree for the orange juice. It’s equally as refreshing while being tastier and just a bit more bougie.
The Cocktail: Bellini
(Champagne/Prosecco + Fruit Puree + Fruit Garnish)
The Cocktail Glass: JoyJolt Champagne Flutes (Set of 2)
There are plenty of cocktails you can argue about among friends. But the longest running debate is always going to be how to order or make the perfect martini
. Despite what we’ve all thought at one point or another, none of us are Bond, James Bond, so we shouldn’t order drinks as such. Furthermore, no one in their right mind would order a spirit forward cocktail “shaken not stirred” because, if you’ve ever mixed your own drinks, you know that’s complete nonsense. That said, you absolutely should try a Vesper Martini because the combo of gin / vodka with Lillet and a twist is delicious… despite the fact it won’t make you a secret agent.
The Cocktail: Vesper Martini
(Gin + Vodka + Lillet + Lemon Peel)
The Cocktail Glass: Mikasa Cheers 10 oz Martini Glasses (Set of 4)
The Copper Mule Mug
The Mule is one of those staple cocktails that is as easy to make as it is effervescent and refreshing. If you want a Moscow Mule, you use vodka. If you want the Kentucky Bourbon Mule
, you go bourbon or rye. Pour your spirit of choice, plenty of ginger beer and some lime juice over an entire copper mule mug filled with ice and then garnish with a mint sprig. The entire mug should get frosty on the outside which is the perfect indication it’s time to dive into the liquid deliciousness that sits in front of you.
The Cocktail: Moscow / Kentucky Mule
(Vodka/Bourbon + Ginger Beer + Lime Juice + Mint)
The Cocktail Glass: PG Moscow Mule Mugs 19oz (Set of 4)
The Manhattan is the cocktail equivalent of Chess or the bass guitar–you can learn it quickly but it takes a lifetime to master. While we’ve made (and enjoyed!) plenty of Manhattans served in all of the other glassware options on this list, they always seem to taste better when they’re served in a proper coupe glass. With a coupe glass you can enjoy all the aromatics while letting the body of the spirit develop and meld with the other ingredients–without your body heat on the glass messing up the perfect temperature.
The Cocktail: Manhattan
(Bourbon/Rye + Vermouth + Bitters + Cherry)
The Cocktail Glass: Casablanca Cocktail Coupe Glasses (Set of 2)