Which Glass Should You Choose For Which Drink?
Do you want to know the difference between a hurricane from a highball? You might also be curious about why the glassware you use to make your favorite cocktails is always the same. There are many deliciously different cocktails. But did you know there was much different glassware to make your masterpieces?
You can learn more about different types of cocktail glasses, and how they can enhance your drinking experience whether you are a bartender or a home mixologist.
We use different cocktails glasses.
You would think that glass is just that, a glass. It’s not as simple as that. The shape of your glass has an impact on how your drink looks. Just think about a Pina Colada served in a wineglass. Now that you are aware of the importance of using the right glass, let’s explore your options.
The highball is your ideal glass. The standard glass tumbler is perfect for long drinks. A highball is a mixed alcoholic beverage that contains a shot of spirit and is topped with a non-alcoholic mix. These glasses can hold between 240 and 350 milliliters of any drink, including a G & T or a rum & coke.
Highball glasses are the preferred method for bartenders to make drinks. Fill the glass with ice, and then pour your cocktail onto it!
Also known as Glass tumbler
- Highball cocktails
- Long Island Iced Tea
- Tequila Sunrise
- The Collins
Collins glasses are very similar to highball glasses. They are so similar that you would be forgiven for mixing them up. The only difference between the Collins and highball glasses is their height, width, and capacity. Collins glasses can hold between 300 and 410 milliliters depending on your favorite cocktail.
You won’t need Collins or Highball glasses if you make your own home bar. Unless you are really serious about it. Collins glasses can also be used to mix long drinks and cocktails, similar to highballs.
Also known as Cooler glass
Collins glass cocktails
- Tom Collins
- Gin Fizz
- The Coupe
The Coupe glass is traditionally a champagne glass. It was first created in the mid-17th century. There are rumors that it was shaped after Marie Antonette’s left breast. Although this rumor is not true, it makes for a great conversation starter at cocktail parties.
People prefer to drink bubble-enhancing champagne flutes for their fizzy fix. The Coupe is a bit flatter. The Coupe Glass is back and it’s the perfect glass for chilled cocktails! The Coupe is a sophisticated and elegant glass that can hold 140-200 milliliters of your favorite tipple.
Also known as Champagne saucer or Champagne Coupe
Cocktails in a coupe glass
- Strawberry Daiquiri
- Classic Daiquiri
The Coupe is taken on by modernists. Although the Martini glass was created to hold the champagne, it is believed that it predates the martini cocktail. The martini glasses had a longer stem to help keep the drinker cool when held.
The name Martini glass is often synonymous with “cocktail glass” these days, probably because of our favorite spy, James Bond. This is a beautiful cocktail glass, but it’s not practical. It’s a bit more difficult to keep your drink in the glass due to its sloped sides, especially if you have had several. Martini glasses are great for short cocktails, as they can hold 140-300 milliliters.
Also known as Cocktail glass
- Classic Vodka Martini
The Rocks Glass
You are looking for a cocktail on rocks? This will be your go-to glass!
The rocks glass is most well-known as the vessel for the classic, the Old Fashioned Cocktail. It’s a functional, popular glass that serves a purpose.
This glass can be used to make cocktails and is also great for consuming any spirit on the rocks. The glass typically contains between 180 and 300 milliliters your favorite spirit or cocktail.
Also known as: Lowball or old-fashioned glass
- Rocks glass cocktails
- Oleo Old Fashioned
- Strawberry Woo Woo
The shot glass
Cocktails might not be what comes to your mind when you think about shots. Shot glasses can be a fun way to spice up your mixology. This delicious cocktail is known for its Passion Fruit Martini. However, it can be made into a Pornstar Martini by adding a shot of Prosecco.
A shot glass is a great place to create cocktails, even though it’s tiny in size. Think of layers!
In the 1940s, the shot glass was created in the manner we know today. A shot glass can hold between 25 and 30 MLS your favorite concoction.
Also known as shooter glass
- Shot glass cocktails
- Pornstar Martini
The Wine Glass
Okay, so a wine glass isn’t usually a cocktail glasses, but Funkin loves to get creative and believes that if it has enough room for a cocktail, it’s a cocktail cup!
Many sources claim that the wine glass was invented in medieval Venice. Wine glasses were originally smaller, but as they became more affordable, their size increased. The result is the 250ml wine glass – thanks to Italy!
A white wine glass is usually smaller than a red one. This is not a joke. There’s a science to it. Red wine requires more space, so white wine glasses must be kept chilled. A white wine glass can hold 360ml, while a red wine glass can hold 415ml.
Also known as: Chalice or Goblet
- Wine glass cocktails
- Aperol Spritz
The Gin Balloon
Who wouldn’t like their cocktail in a balloon! Okay, so a balloon glass is not actually a balloon. In the Basque region in Spain, the origins of the gin-balloon glass can be traced back to the 1700s. The Spanish, who was a rival to the English in gin drinking, chose a circular glass instead of the traditional Tom Collins design.
This glass is ideal for a G&T. The large, round shape makes it easy to add garnish and ice. This large wine glass is great for mixing up more than two ingredients. A balloon glass is great for mixing cocktails and allows you to experiment with delicious purees or syrups.
Also known as Copa de Balon glass, Balloon cup
- Gin Balloon cocktails
- Bubblegum gin and tonic
The Irish Coffee Glass
A big mug of hot coffee is the best. Although this may not be the best cocktail to enjoy on a night out with friends, coffee cocktails are making a comeback. These creamy, caffeinated delights are perfect for after-dinner drinks or as a winter warmer.
Because the Irish Coffee Glass is made to hold hot coffee, it is thicker than most other glasses. There are many options for the design of the glasses. Some have a handle and V-shaped shape while others have a stem. They can hold approximately 200 milliliters.
Also known as: Gaelic Coffee Glass
- Irish Coffee Glass Cocktails
- Iced Belfast Coffee
The Hurricane Glass
Pina Coladas and being caught in the rain are two of your favorite things. You’ll likely already be familiar with what a hurricane glasses looks like. These beautiful fluted beauties were named after the Hurricane cocktail which is often served in this curvy glasses.
It is taller than the highball glasses and can hold more drinks. It holds approximately 590ml.
Also known as Poco Grande glass
Hurricane glass cocktails:
- Pina Colada
- Sex on the Beach
- Guava Colada
- Margarita Glass
The Margarita glass looks a lot like a two-story Coupe. It is perfect for a Margarita. This double-tiered glass is often adorned with salt around the rim to offset the bitter taste in Margaritas.
The margarita cocktail is gaining popularity, but the margarita glass isn’t necessarily growing in popularity. Bartenders aren’t content with using the traditional glass for serving margarita cocktails. Although the glass is similar to the coupe, it has a second-tier that allows it to hold more liquid. It can hold around 250 milliliters.
The Snifter Glass
Okay, so this glass might not be in the world of cocktails yet. We don’t see any reason why this glass shouldn’t be used to make your next cocktail. Because of its narrow top and bowl-like shape, this short stemmed glass can be used to make brandy or cognacs.
The Bar Cutting Board has a stem and a round bowl that can be used to swirl and smell your drink, while also keeping it at room temperature. The glass holds 180 to 240 ml. However, the bowl design means that the glass should only be filled about half the way.
Also known as Brandy snifter or brandy balloon, brandy glass, brandy cup, brandy bowl, brandy glass, cognac glass, or balloon
The Tiki Glass
Funkin’s favorite glass, the tiki glass is one of the most striking. The history of the tiki drink has a long history. They are more like a mug rather than a glass, and they come from Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands.
Tiki mugs are a reinterpretation of the wooden tiki statues. There is no set size for tiki cups. It will vary in size depending on which mug you purchase and what bar you go to.