Home Bar Basics: Cocktail Glasses and Other Glassware for Any Drink

center_img A multi-purpose glass, the shot glass is good for everything from measuring for cocktails to pouring one out when you plan on slamming it down. Need we say more?Shop NowOld Fashioned (Rocks) GlassA gold standard for whiskey folks. Whether you want it neat, in an Old Fashioned, or you want something else entirely, the Old Fashioned (or rocks) glass is essential to a successful home back.Shop NowCollins GlassNamed for its original function as the vessel for a Tom Collins (or John Collins) cocktail, the Collins glass is tall and narrow and is great for a wide variety of cocktails.Shop NowHighball GlassWhile the highball glass may look similar to the Collins glass, it is shorter and wider. Made for — you guessed it — highballs, this glass typically holds between eight to 12 ounces, making it perfect for two ounces of liquor, a few ounces of your chosen mixer, and ice. You could use this interchangeably with a Collins glass if you had to, but it’d be good to have one or two of each on hand just in case.Shop NowCoupe GlassAn open-mouthed, shallow cocktail glass, the coupe glass is great not only for cocktails but for drinking Champagne. The glass was modeled on the breast of King Louis XV’s mistress. We’re not kidding.Shop NowCocktail (or Martini) GlassCall it a cocktail glass or call it a Martini glass, just don’t call it late for happy hour. Kidding. The cocktail glass works for a number of cocktails that are chilled and served up.Shop NowGlencairn GlassIf you’ve ever been to a whisky tasting, chances are you’ve used a Glencairn glass. They look like what would happen if a shot glass and a brandy snifter had a night of fun together, and they are great for drinking whiskey of all sorts. The design allows you to nose your whiskey in the proper way while still holding a healthy dram worth of the good stuff.Shop NowSherry GlassSherry glasses usually hold three or four ounces and are ideal for aperitifs, digestifs, and cordials. In addition, obviously, they are intended to hold sherries and other fortified wines, such as ports.Shop NowCordial GlassCordial glasses, also known as liqueur glasses, are one-ounce in sized and come in a variety of shapes, almost all usually featuring long stems. They are used to serve, as you’ve probably already guessed, cordials and liqueurs.Shop NowNick & Nora GlassNamed for Nick & Nora Charles, the main characters in Dashiell Hammet’s The Thin Man (which was made into a film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy), the Nick & Nora cocktail glass does many of the same things as a coupe or a martini glass, but is smaller in size and is more spill-proof, making it slightly more versatile. The Renaissance of these glasses started in the mid-2000s, but during their first run, characters like Nick & Nora Charles drank out of them constantly.Shop NowBrandy SnifterA commanding presence on any shelf of glassware, a brandy snifter is designed so that your hand can warm the brandy inside. The rim of the glass is narrower than the bowl so that the aromas released by the slight warming stay trapped in the glass. This is also a great option for serving whiskies and other high-end spirits.Shop NowHurricane GlassA cocktail glass on steroids, the hurricane glass usually fits up to 20 ounces of sweet, sweet liquor. Named for the Hurricane cocktail, a rum drink created at Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans, scores of other large cocktails have been created to fit the size of the year. If you’re planning a Tiki party or want to have one hell of a backyard barbecue, these will come in very handy.Shop NowIrish Coffee MugEver plan to make hot cocktails? If so, the Irish coffee mug should be your go-to. With a stem and a handle, not only do these have a classic look, but the clear glass allows you to see the beautiful concoction inside. Named for the drink, they work well with any hot cocktail, thanks to the thickness of the glass.Shop NowCopper Mule MugIf you’ve had a cocktail in your life, you know what this is for: mules. Moscow, Kentucky — it doesn’t matter where the mule is coming from, this mug has pretty much one purpose other than looking nice.Shop NowJulep CupA creation of Kentucky silversmiths in the 1800s as a sign of prestige, the julep cup serves one main purpose: to help keep mint juleps ice cold during the Kentucky Derby. Made of silver or pewter, these cups aren’t as versatile as others on the list, but they do look awesome, so they get points for that.Shop Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Nowlast_img


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