Thanks to containment, cocktails are all the rage when it comes to drinks at home. So you will need the perfect cocktail glasses for the holiday season.
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The past two years have brought a lot, but a fondness for cocktails well made at home, not in a bar, was not what we expected. Now, many of us have fully stocked bar carts and a taste for the perfect martini – but do we have the right cocktail glasses to really indulge in our drink of choice in the evening?
Yes, there are specific cocktail glasses designed for specific drinks – but you can also get away with a few key styles that work on multiple drinks.
WHY DO COCKTAIL GLASSES HAVE DIFFERENT SHAPES?
While cocktail glasses are said to come in different shapes and sizes to supposedly enhance the taste and aesthetics of different drinks, most bartenders will tell you that it is actually just about history and tradition when it comes to knowing which cocktail glass is suitable for which drink. Nonetheless, a collection of cocktail glasses is sure to enhance the aesthetic of your bar cart and evening sip.
Below, find the cocktail glasses that will enhance your cocktail experience at home.
Whiskey glasses are great, versatile cocktail glasses to have on hand. In the blink of an eye, you can create a delicious sparkling for the guests that will be elegant and refined, thanks to your glassware. Collins glasses are similar in shape, but a bit larger. Unless you are a purist, you can easily go for one or the other.
What they are used for: Vodka soda, gin and tonic, sparkling, Tom Collins.
BEST HIGHBALL GLASSES
Stylish yet very affordable, these whiskey glasses are also wonderful as water glasses for a fancy dinner party.
Krosno makes beautiful glasses that will look great on any table or in any hand. These sleek highball glasses feature a tapered height and a sleek base.
Colored glasses look wonderfully retro on a bar cart, and we love the streaky design of this Country Road glassware paired with its sleek emerald green hue.
As of this writing, these stylish highball glasses from Alex Liddy have been discounted by $ 20, making them a great time to invest.
Cut glasses have probably been on your list for a while – a nice way to drink cocktails, they also look great as champagne glasses.
What they are used for: champagne, martinis, jellies, acids, margaritas, cool cocktails that don’t sit on ice.
BEST FIT GLASSES
A lovely modern glass cup style, this Krosno set will hold champagne, as well as your cocktail creations beautifully.
On a more vintage note, these textured cut glasses are a bit reminiscent of the 50s, making them perfect for your next cocktail party.
If your style is a little more quirky and retro, these cute cactus glasses will make a great talking point in your home. They are particularly on the mark for the margarita hour.
GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE
Yes, you can use them for champagne – but they’re also fantastic to have on hand for easy cocktails that simply mix sparkling wine with syrup or nectar.
What they are used for: mimosas, French 75s, bellinis, champagne & sparkling wine.
BEST GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE
How beautiful is a delicious champagne cocktail in these large flutes? Modern design will look beautiful in a minimalist home.
Another modern and stylish option, these Luigi Bormioli flute glasses look and feel more expensive than they are.
The quintessential vintage-inspired champagne glass with its subtle edges and gold trim, these flutes are currently on sale for half price at Myer.
SINGLE ROCKS & DOUBLE ROCKS GLASSES
The single rocks cocktail glass and double rocks glasses are what you consider when you think of cocktail glasses. Sleek, short, and often containing dark spirits, they will make you feel like a movie star from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
What they are used for: scotch on the rocks, vodka on the rocks and other spirits poured over ice, Negronis, Old Fashioneds.
BEST SINGLE AND DOUBLE ROCKS GLASSES
If you are looking to give a gift to a whiskey lover in your life, this set is perfect. Featuring four stylish whiskey glasses and a decanter whiskey bottle, it’s the perfect addition to the bar cart.
A modern take on the single rock glass, these tumblers are great for stylish cocktails, but be warned, the narrower top means some of the large ice cube options won’t do.
This is another amazing gift for a whiskey lover, with four hand cut glasses housed in a beautiful gift box.
While cut glasses can easily accommodate martinis, if you’re a purist you might prefer the classic V-shaped martini glass. We have to admit that some classic cocktails are just better at these.
What they are used for: Martinis, espresso martinis, Cosmopolitans.
BEST MARTINI GLASSES
These classic martini glasses look great with clear spirits, with the thick flute beautifully reflecting the light.
The very subtle curved detail of the stem of these glasses gives them a little retro touch.
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