The Right Type of Glassware For Every Kind of Cocktail
Your ultimate guide to at-home bartending.
You don't have to be a professional bartender to serve a drink that will impress your guests. In fact, knowing which glass pairs with what cocktail puts your squarely in expert territory. Use our guide below to help.
Best for aromatic mixed, strained drinks served "up" (without ice). However, if egg white is involved (like in a Clover Club or a Ramos Gin Fizz), the coupe better contains the froth (and looks prettier, too).
Although technically a collins (12-14 oz) has a few ounces more liquid capacity than a highball (10-12 oz), these two glasses are interchangeable for tall drinks filled to the brim with ice, like a Tom Collins, Gin Rickey, or any spirit and soda or tonic combo.
Like the highball, the delmonico (5-8 oz) is a smaller version of the collins, but flares slightly at the top. It's most often used for sours.
Despite some attempts to wrestle it out of popularity, the flute still reigns as the ultimate sparkling wine glass. It's also good for drinks like the French 75 or a Bellini.
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At around 6 oz., this is a petite version of the cocktail glass, and may well be the ultimate size for a Martini.
Aside from whisky neat (no ice) or on the rocks, a rocks glass (or old fashioned glass) is great for drinks made in a glass, as opposed to a shaker. Its sturdier bottom is optimal for muddling.
Best for brandies (Armagnac, Cognac, etc.) or other heady after-dinner spirits, like aged rum.
Wine (basic white)
This glass is a little taller and more narrow than a red wine glass. It's perfectly okay to serve sparkling wine in this glass, too.
Wine (basic red)
This glass is typically more bowl-shaped than a white wine glass. The broader shape allows for more aeration, which helps in smoothing the tannins in reds.
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