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Thursday, November 12, 2020 12 mins read
Thursday, November 12, 2020 12 mins read
Our definitive cocktail glass guide is here to help you build the home bar of your dreams.
When you shop uncommon craft spirits the road to the perfect home bar has only just begun. After all, you did plan on enjoying the handcrafted artistry from independent distillers, right?
Then you’re going to need a glass.
How a cocktail is served, or how a whiskey is sipped, is equally important to the ingredients and processes that went into making it.
Glassware contributes to how we enjoy what we’re drinking in a big way. But knowing what glasses and mugs are essential for your home bar can make things a little more than confusing.
Can you drink a Manhattan from a tumbler? Who is this Tom Collins I keep hearing about? What’s with all those copper mugs?
Consider Spirit Hub your Glassware Guide, here to help you navigate to the essential glasses for your home bar.
Let the tour begin.
An Old Fashioned glass. The lowball. A rocks glass. It’s a classic cup with many names, and the tumbler kicks off our bar glasses guide. With wide brims, rigid sides, and thick bases, the tumbler is an easily distinguishable glass.
From Old Fashioneds to White Russians, the Tumbler is a versatile glass for your home bar.
It’s easy to understand where the tumbler got its many nicknames. Order an Old Fashioned, it comes in a tumbler. Get your bourbon on the rocks, tumbler again.
With ornate options like Viski’s Bronze Rimmed Tumblers or their spherical Glacier Rocks home bar glassware set, Admiral’s Crystal Tumblers, or Spiegelau’s Single Barrel Bourbon tumblers, we have the perfect glass for any aesthetic.
THE MARTINI GLASS
It’s hard to think of a glass more synonymous with cocktail culture than the martini glass. Though it’s often mistaken for, and substituted with, the cocktail glass, the martini glass is similar, but not identical to its stemware counterpart.
You can serve way more than martinis in this piece of essential home bar glassware.
The martini glass is as utilitarian as it is pretty. Its elongated stem keeps the chilled contents of the cocktail cold for as long as possible. The tight, conical base concentrates ingredients at the bottom, while its wide rim provides maximum surface area to enjoy the aromas of your cocktail.
From martinis to manhattans, cosmopolitans to gimlets, there’s hardly a cocktail that doesn’t look divine in a martini glass. Especially when it’s the beautiful Willsberger martini glass by Spiegelau. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our blog about the best cocktails for martini glasses!
THE COLLINS GLASS
Like the martini glass, the Collins glass takes its name from a famed cocktail, the Tom Collins. But where did the Tom Collins cocktail get its name?
Well, if you believe the tale, it’s the clever result of a running gag going around New York and Philadelphia known as “The Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874.” But that’s a story for another time.
Stunning and versatile, there’s no end to the cocktails you can create in a Collins glass.
The Collins glass is similar to the standard highball glass but has the distinction of being taller and skinnier. The Spiegelau Perfect Longdrink Glass is the perfect Collins glass for building cocktails over ice, and looking great while doing it.
If you’re a fan of aged, brown craft spirits like bourbon and whiskey, or a robust rum, then you’re going to want to invest in a nice set of snifters. Every characteristic of the snifter glass is designed to enhance the drinking experience.
Snifters were tailor-made for enjoying the robust aromas and flavors of brown spirits.
All snifters have a wide bowl and a narrow mouth. Those features work in conjunction to provide a more savory sip. The larger bowl gives the spirit more surface area to emanate aromas, and the narrow opening concentrates those aromas.
Pick up a pair of Spiegelau Whiskey Snifters or Footed Crystal Scotch Glasses. From bourbon to rum, and everything in between, start enjoying your robust craft spirits like the connoisseur you are.
Aesthetically pleasing and utilitarian, the copper mug is a must-have for your home bar.
For starters, copper is an exceptional thermal conductor. That means whatever’s floating inside your mug is going to stay cold, or warm, longer. A copper mug is perfect for hot days when you want to take your time and enjoy your cocktail slowly.
It’s said the first Moscow mules, created in 1941, were originally served in these copper mugs. So, not only are copper mugs pragmatic, they’re a piece of cocktail history too! Nowadays, there are plenty of uses for copper mugs.
NICK & NORA GLASSES
Believe it or not, the petite Nick and Nora glasses were named for characters in the Dashiel Hammett novel The Thin Man. Nick and Nora Charles were socialites swept up in the cocktail culture of the 1930s.
These essential pieces of glassware make your home bar feel like a part of peak cocktail culture.
Smaller and more rounded than a martini glass or a coupe, Nick and Nora glasses are perfect for any cocktail that you’d typically serve in a coupe. The ever-popular, always-delicious Bee’s Knees is just one example.
No matter what you’re filling them up with, when you’re drinking from Viski’s Nick and Nora glasses you’ll be transported back in time. Back to the 1930s with Nick and Nora Charles.
This stemmed, saucer-shaped glass is a favorite of bartenders. It’s easy to understand why, considering the coupe is one of the most versatile glasses for your home bar.
The Coupe glass sits in the intersection of functionality and style.
Traditionally used to serve cocktails ‘up,’ its stem keeps your hand away from the liquid to keep it chilled longer. The coupe’s distinctly curved shape also serves a crucial purpose. It helps prevent spilling, so you don’t lose any of the glass’s precious cargo.
Function aside, there’s a lot to love about Viski’s Angled Crystal Coupe Glasses. Precise lines and angles draw light through the glass, beautifully illuminating whatever cocktail you fill them with.
You’ve read the glassware guide, now perfect your home bar
Stock your home bar with the essential drinkware for every occasion.
You’ve found the drinkware you need, but our cocktail glass guide is only one more step towards building your dream home bar and crafting awards-worthy cocktails. There are still some vacancies we need to fill.
You have the craft spirits, now you have the drinkware, but you’re going to need cocktail syrups and mixers for added layers of complexity in your cocktails. You’re also going to want a pristine barware set if you want to measure, shake, stir, and strain those cocktails properly.