What are the main types of cocktail glasses?
With these 8 essential cocktail glasses, you’ll be covered for all your favourite cocktails as well as anything your guests might request.
Perhaps the best-known of all cocktail glasses, the martini glass isn’t just used to serve its namesake drink. It’s also a refined choice for gimlets, Manhattans, cosmopolitans, and Brandy Alexanders - among others. The conical shape keeps spirits from separating and conveniently props up skewered garnishes, while the stem prevents your hands from warming up the bowl.
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Originally used for champagne, coupe glasses are now one of the most popular choices for chilled and strained cocktails. They’re similar to the martini glass but with a wider mouth that leaves plenty of room for garnishes and a more vertical sidewall beneath the rim that reduces the likelihood of a spill.
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These tall, narrow glasses are just as suitable for non-alcoholic drinks as they are cocktails, making them a versatile must-have for every home bar cart. Their height leaves plenty of room for crushed ice, so they’re perfect for long, refreshing mixed drinks with soda, tonic, or dry ginger ale. Enjoy summertime scotch and sodas, vodka lime and sodas, or icy gin and tonics with Waterford’s hand-cut crystal highballs.
A tumbler, also known as a rocks glass or old fashioned glass, is the right choice for straight spirit served neat or over ice. For a slow, contemplative drink, make sure you choose a tumbler with a solid, heavy feel, such as Waterford’s cut crystal range. The thickness will insulate the drink from the heat of your hand and keep it cool while you sip at leisure.
Double old fashioned glasses
Double old fashioned glasses are much the same as tumblers, but with a slightly larger size that makes them perfect for more elaborate whiskey cocktails - such as juleps or Manhattans served on the rocks. It’s also a flexible choice for anything from margaritas to Negronis.
If you or your guests have a sweet tooth or a taste for tiki-inspired cocktails, a hurricane glass is a must. Its tall shape is well suited to blended drinks with plenty of fruit and crushed ice, such as Piña Coladas, Singapore Slings and, of course, the Hurricane.
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The large bowl of a balloon accentuates the heady aromas and botanicals of gin, whether it’s served on ice or mixed with tonic. Waterford’s crystal gin balloons are also just the right size to accommodate fragrant garnishes such as lemon and cucumber wedges or even sprigs of rosemary.
Brandy snifters are made for indulgent nighttime splashes of brandy, cognac, or even fortified wine. Its large bowl increases the surface area of the spirit, allowing rich aromatics to waft up through the glass.
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