If you serve mixed drinks at your bar or restaurant, you need to have the right cocktail glasses – and there are many to choose from.
Apart from the presentation, cocktail glasses enhance the drinking experience. Wide-mouthed glasses allow the alcohol to breathe, while tall and narrow glasses help keep bubbly drinks fizzy for longer.
If you’re looking to stock up your bar with cocktail glasses, we’re going to share reviews of some of our top-selling glassware and the types of glasses you should keep on hand.
Types of Cocktail Glasses
There are many different types of cocktail glasses, and depending on what you serve, you may not need all of them. Still, it’s important to know what types of glasses you should stock in your bar or what you may need in the future if you expand your drink menu.
Some of the most popular cocktail glasses types include:
Martini glasses are stem glasses. They have wide mouths that create a triangular shape, which allows the drink to breathe and more flavors to come through.
These glasses are used to serve any type of martini as well as:
You can also find mini martini glasses for smaller servings.
The Collins glass is typically used to serve John Collins or Tom Collins cocktails. They are tall and straight glasses that usually hold 10-14 ounces.
These glasses are also known as cooler glasses. Along with a Toms Collins, you can also serve the following drinks in these glasses:
- Harvey Wallbanger
- Singapore Sling
- Gin Fizz
- Hairy Navels
Highball glasses look very similar to Collins glasses, but they are a bit wider at the top. The wider mouth allows the alcohol to breathe and maintain the drink’s flavors.
In addition to mixed cocktails, highball glasses are commonly used to serve water and other non-alcoholic drinks.
Along with the highball cocktail, you can also serve the following drinks in these glasses:
- Long Island iced tea
- Gina and tonic
- Rum and Coke
Coupe glasses were initially designed for champagne, which is why they are also known as champagne saucers or champagne coupes.
Like martini glasses, they are stemmed glasses and feature a large saucer or bowl shape at the top. The sides are curved, and they have a smaller capacity than a martini glass.
Although they were originally intended for champagne, the wide-mouth design of coupe glasses makes them better suited for strained cocktails, like a Manhattan. The large surface area causes champagne bubbles to dissipate quickly, so stick to serving other cocktails in this glass, such as:
Margarita glasses are one of the most recognizable and unique cocktail glasses out there. Unlike other types of cocktail glassware, you can really only serve margaritas in these glasses.
Margarita glasses are stemmed and have a small rounded portion at the top of the stem that gradually gets bigger and wider. The overall shape is similar to a martini or coupe glass.
The broad rim of these glasses provides plenty of room for garnishes, and the wide mouth allows you to take in the aroma as you drink.
You can serve margaritas of all kinds in these glasses, including:
- Margaritas on the rocks
- Frozen margaritas
Some bars also serve daiquiris in these glasses.
Rocks glasses are also known as lowball or old-fashioned glasses. These glasses are short and wide with a sturdy base.
Rocks glasses are designed for drinks made mostly with spirits. You can use them to serve:
- Old Fashioned
Nick and Nora
The Nick and Nora glass is a mix of the coupe, martini, and wine glass. It’s a petite stemmed glass with curved sides, but the mouth is narrower than the coupe or martini glass.
Although narrower, the mouth of the Nick and Nora glass is still wide enough to allow the alcohol to breathe.
While not as popular as other cocktail glasses, they are still used to serve:
- Lion’s Tail
- Glasgow Dagger
- Alaskan Sour
Copper mugs are ideal for cold cocktails because they keep drinks chilled, even on a hot day. These mugs are commonly used to serve the Moscow Mule drink. Copper is believed to enhance the flavor of citrus and ginger beer.
But modern copper mugs are typically lined with stainless steel or some other material to keep the copper from leeching into the drink.
You can find copper mugs with smooth or dimpled sides. Their shape is similar to a conventional coffee mug.
Along with Moscow Mules, you can also serve the following drinks in these mugs:
- Mint Julep
- Dark N Stormy
Hurricane glasses are short-stemmed glasses with a tulip-shape and flared rim. Many can hold up to 20 ounces of liquid, making them ideal for tropical drinks with lots of mixers and ingredients.
The flared rim provides plenty of space for garnishes and enhances the aromatics of the drink.
Along with the classic hurricane cocktail, you can also serve the following drinks in these glasses:
- Singapore Sling
- Piña colada
The Best Cocktail Glasses
Now that you know the most popular types of cocktail glassware, you can start stocking your bar with the items you need. We offer a wide variety of quality cocktail glasses in our shop.
Some of our top sellers include:
The Arcoroc Collins glass holds 12.25 ounces and features a simple design to who off cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.
Arcoroc’s Old-Fashioned glass holds 10.5 ounces and has a sturdy, heavy bottom. The minimalistic design makes these glasses ideal for contemporary restaurants and bars.
These tall cocktail glasses hold 13.5 ounces and have an eye-catching, modern design. Each glass is 7” tall and 2.25” wide.
These coupe glasses hold 8.5 ounces and feature a curved, contemporary silhouette that’s ideal for serving a variety of drinks.
The Libbey Cactus Margarita Glass features a cactus-themed stem that’s sure to make an impression on your guests. This cocktail glasses set is sold by the dozen for your convenience.
C.A.C.’s Moscow Mule mug features hammered copper plating and is designed to keep drinks cool. Each mug holds 20 ounces.
Cocktails are a great way to expand your menu selection and give guests more ways to enjoy their experience at your restaurant. Just make sure you have the right glass for each drink on your menu. We offer a large variety of cocktail glasses to meet your needs in our online shop.