The ultimate guide to cocktail glasses

One of the most appealing reasons for having cocktails (apart from the delicious taste, of course) is the sophistication and fineness associated with their glasses. However, this is not merely a marketing trick from restaurants and bars to present cocktails as upmarket and high-end so we pay more for them, there’s a reason behind every cocktail to be served in a certain glass. If you can tell the difference between a glass of wine and a flute but you’d pour a margarita into a tumbler with no hesitation, keep reading…


white wine glass

Wine glass

Wine is all about the smell. Wine glasses have the shape of a bowl to allow flavours and aromas blend. Even more important in the case of red wine, which requires more room to be able to fully enjoy its subtle flavours. That’s why red wine is usually served in larger and rounder bowls than white or rosé. As in many other glasses, the stem of the glass keeps hands away from the bowl to maintain its temperature.

martini glass

Martini glass

The purpose behind the glass we commonly see used for martinis and cosmopolitans is not as practical.

How many times have you spilt your drinks when you order them? Well, that’s cause these cocktail glasses main functionality was to easily toss your drink when the police busted a party in the ‘20s during the Dry Law.

Nowadays we remain serving these drinks on these cone-shaped glasses but with less appreciation for their easy to spill mechanism!

champagne flutes


The champagne flute is designed for one thing and one thing alone: stopping your drink from getting warm. There’s nothing worse than drinking flat champagne. The moment your drink gets warm, the bubbles go flat and it loses its unique taste.

coupe cocktail glass


Frequently used for champagne, this glass is more adequate for something like the spiced tequila cocktail sonambula. The glass exposes a bigger surface of the champagne to the air than the flute, making the drink lose its fizz quicker.

An interesting anecdote about this glass: the legend says the shape was inspired by Marie Antoinette’s breasts.

rock glass

Rock glass

The recipe for an old-fashioned is as simple as the design of the glass it is served in. The rocks glass is designed to contain large ice cubes and perfect for stirring.

mojito in highball glass

Highball glass

Soda water is a common element in the cocktails served in a highball glass. This glass aims to preserve the bubbles and facilitate the stirring when the alcohol settles at the bottom and the mixer rises to the top.

copper cup cocktail

Copper cup

The unmistakable appearance of the copper cup used to create the Moscow Mule not only give us a cool pirate look when drinking out of it but helps control the temperature.

Now all you need to do is put this lesson into practice. Impress friends and family preparing and serving cocktails at home is your own cocktail maker set.