Glassware Guide

The glass you are pouring your expertly crafted cocktail into is just as important as the drink itself. While glassware is often unconsidered, the construction of a glass will directly affect your cocktail. Get to know your glassware so you can really begin to perfect your favorite cocktail.


Wine Glasses:

Of course, we must first suggest a wine glass. Holding the glass by the stem transfers less heat to the wine, so your hand isn’t warming it up as fast. Aroma is one of the most important elements with wine, which is why your wine glass should have a large opening. If you can’t fit your nose in it while you’re drinking, you need yourself some new glasses.

Yes there are different size wine glasses. Basic rule of thumb: broader openings for reds, narrower for whites. Spiegelau (now owned by Riedel) and Schott-Zweisel are excellent glass brands that offer great value all-purpose stemware. They are delicate, well balanced and afford enough room in the glass for the ever-important swirling of the wine. And the large bowl styles of their glasses actually work well with many imported beers as well.



This is often considered an all-purpose glass or a tumbler. They’re  big enough to accommodate ice, so you’ll often see drinks served in these that are a little bit sweeter but where aromatics aren’t quite as important, like a mojito.



Also called brandy snifter or cognac glass. A short-stemmed glass whose vessel has a wide bottom and a relatively narrow top. The large surface area of the contained liquid helps evaporate it, the narrow top traps the aroma inside the glass, while the rounded bottom allows the glass to be cupped in the hand, thus warming the liquor. This has also become a popular glass for some types of beers, mainly those that feature complex aromas and have an ABV measure of 8% or higher, such as the imperial stout, baltic porter, or double India pale ale.

Glassware_DOLOld Fashioned Glass:

Or more well known as a Rocks Glass. Want your drink on the rocks? This is probably the glass you want. It’s especially good for cocktails, like an old fashioned. The glass can accommodate large cubes of ice and they’re still plenty of room to stir within the glass. It’s also got a nice big opening so you can really smell the aromatics in your cocktail.



Again, we’ve got stemware here to control the temperature of your alcohol. Why? Because drinks served in this glass will not have ice in them. They will be shaken or stirred with ice first, and then strained into it. That’s what ordering a drink “up” means. It’s chilled and up in that tall glass (don’t confuse it with “neat”). The cone shape serves to help maintain temperature, keep the ingredients pushed together (olives, spirits of different specific gravities, etc), and it provides a nice large surface area for the aroma, since you’re typically drinking gin (or a Manhattan) and aroma is 90 percent of flavor.



Mainly for champagne and other sparkling wines, the goal is to make the bubble last for as long as possible.  Aroma isn’t as important with these wines as they would be a red wine, so the opening is smaller in an attempt to minimize the exposure to air.



Quite the fancy way to drink champagne. Typically used to create champagne towers, this glass has the Gatsby feel we want and love. This classic short-stemmed glass is also used for classic cocktails and delicious craft concoctions.