Let’s talk about what makes the perfect cocktail.
The ingredients matter and the preparation matters. The whiskey matters, of course. But we’d be fooling ourselves if we pretended that a great glass isn’t half the battle when it comes to elevating the experience and serving up a cocktail with allure to spare.
No one knows this better than bartenders, who have embraced both the Instagram age and the 21st century cocktail renaissance by upping their standards for cocktail glassware. To help you recreate their magic at home, we’ve tapped some of our favorite bartenders and beverage experts around the country to weigh in on their all-time favorite cocktail glasses. See below for their picks.
(All prices accurate at time of publication.)
NUDE Big Top Whisky DOF Glasses
Beverage Director for the Wythe Hotel, @Jrott
“These are simple and definitely minimalist, but have a beautiful raised linear pattern that feels great and gives a beautiful classic Art Deco feel. I also love the circus reference, as I truly believe that bartending is a performance and being behind a bar is very similar to being on stage.”
Duralex Manhattan Rocks Glasses
“Duralex is a classic brand out of France, these are very sturdy while still elegant, and have a great feel. Everything from Frozens to old fashioneds looks great in them.”
Rona Minners 8 oz Classic Martini Glass
“Classic shape, nice and light, great wash line.”
Estelle Coupe Glasses
“Besides being a Black-, woman-founded and owned business, the glasses are all hand-blown and the colors add such an exciting detail to the serve of a drink.”
Leopold Coupe Glass
“They are playful and fun and super durable. Martinis look great in them.”
Nick & Nora Glass
NUDE Big Top High Ball Glass
“The Collins and the Double Old Fashioned from this line are my favorites, if I had to champion one glass.”