The right glass for each cocktail
As with wine, the shape and style of the glass is not just for show; it can affect how you experience the cocktail inside. You don’t need to buy a hundred different styles though! Just a few classics will cover most bases from the Vodka Martini to the Rusty Nail all the way up to the Harvey Wallbanger. Here’s your Clos19 guide to the most versatile, must-have cocktail glasses to keep at home.
The Martini glass
Otherwise known as the cocktail glass, the Martini glass has a wide rim and a shallow point to the stem. This is the ultimate, classic, cocktail companion and is best used for slow-sipping cocktails that are stirred or shaken and served without ice. Just don’t go dancing with them or you’ll end up with your Manhattan all over your stilettos! Try the elegant Belvedere Vodka Martini glass. For frozen Daiquiris or Margaritas, you may prefer a coupe which is a variation of the Martini glass with edges that round upwards to prevent spilling.
Think: Martini, Cosmopolitan, Manhattan, Sidecar, Aviation.
Champagne Glasses: flute or bowl?
Any cocktail with bubbles is usually served in a champagne flute in order to keep the fizz around for longer and to give the best visual effect. The slim bowl also allows for effective layering of ingredients. Try the Moët & Chandon Grand Riedel vintage champagne flute or if experimenting with champagne cocktails over ice, then go for a champagne glass with a slightly wider bowl, such as the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Rich glass.
Think: Bellini, Kir Royale, Mimosa, Veuve Clicquot Rich cocktail.
The Lowball Glass
Lowball or ‘rocks’ glasses are used when the cocktail is made inside the glass without the use of a shaker. These short tumblers with a solid, heavy bases are perfect for building up drinks over ice and giving them a good muddle. Whisky cocktails like Lowballs and oversized ice cubes are often used here to prevent the ice melting too quickly. Try a Lowball glass with an elegant twist such as the Hennessy Lowball glass designed by Michael Young.
Think: Old Fashioned, Negroni, Rusty Nail.
The Highball Glass
Like the similarly styled ‘Collins’ glass, the Highball is long and tubular. It’s used for long drinks, when a cocktail needs lots of ice, lots of mixer and usually, a straw. Perfect with our flavoured Belvedere vodkas over ice with soda.
Think: Mojito, Caipirinha, Cuba Libre, G&T, Harvey Wallbanger.
The Spritz Cocktail Glass
Similar to a medium-sized wine glass, these tall-stemmed glasses are designed for spirit cocktails with fresh ingredients. Throw in some ice, soda, fresh fruit and capture the refreshing colours and aromas of your cocktail. Try the Belvedere Spritz cocktail glass that reveals its iconic tree design as the glass cools.
The story of how the cocktail mug came about is one of three people in the right place at the right time: a Russian immigrant on a mission to sell her handmade copper mugs, a vodka distributor in the US who needed to sell more vodka and a bar owner hoping to introduce America to his ginger beer. They met one day and after many taste tests, the ‘Moscow Mule’ was born, blending gingery fizz with a vodka kick, kept cool by the copper. America fell in love. The copper mug can be replaced with any tea or coffee mug.
Think: Moscow Mule