Cocktails – A “Glass” Act

Cocktails – A “Glass” Act
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From the preparation of simple cocktails such as a Gin & Tonic to an elaborate cocktails such as the Volcano cocktail, there exists a cocktail glass for every concoction. The basic rule for a cocktail glass is that it should be transparent and colourless, so that the magical mix of colours from the cocktails can be displayed in all their glory. If required, you can use glasses with a coloured foot or markings for exotic and refreshing long drinks.From the coupe glass to the martini glass there is a huge variety of glassware which you can use to bring out the very best in your cocktails.

Below we take you through some of the glasses most widely used in cocktail making:

Champagne Flute is a tall, narrow wine glass, which is used for serving Champagne and Champagne Cocktails such as Champagne flutethe Rossini or the Mimosa.






Coupe Glass is a small round bowel on a long stem and was a necessity to serve champagne throughout most of the 60s and the 70s. Today it is used to serve cocktails such as the SideCar and the popular Cosmopolitan.

Coupe Glass






Coupette Glass is a similar to the coupe glass only is a slightly larger and rounded approach to a cocktail glass. It also has a broad-rim for holding salt, which is ideal for a Margarita. It is also used to serve the Mexican Martini.

Highball Glass is a glass tumbler which contains 240 to 350 ml. It is used to serve cocktails and mixed drinks such asHighball Glass the Tequila Sunrise and the non-alcoholic Virgin Mary cocktail.





Hurricane Glass is a cocktail glass typically used for frozen and blended cocktails, such as the Don Pedro and the Blue Hawaiian. The distinct pear-shaped curve of this glass is similar to the vintage hurricane lamps.

Irish Coffee Glass is a type of liqueur glass which has straight sides and is designed for drinks using the pousse-café method. Irish coffee glasses  are used to serve the classic Irish Coffee drink.


Margarita Glass is a variant of the classic Champagne coupe and is used for serving cocktails such as the Melon Margarita and Chi-Chi.


Martini Glass is a stemmed cocktail glass which has a cone-shaped bowl placed upon a stem above a flat base. Martini glasses are used to serve the Tartini and the Rubus cocktails.

Martini Glass







Rocks Glass is a short tumbler used for serving an alcoholic beverage, such as whiskey, with ice cubes. A rocks glass is also used to serve cocktails such the Starry Lime and the Rum Runner.

Shots Glass is a small glass designed to hold or measure spirits or liquor, which is normally drunk straight from the glass. Shot glasses are used to serve shooters such as the Silver Bullet and PornStar.

Volcano Bowls are ceramic drinks-ware originally associated with mid-century American tiki-bars and are used to serve sharing cocktails such as the classic Volcano.


Written by damien

Posted: September 17, 2012