9 different glasses to elevate your cocktails at home this summer
1. Coupe cocktail glass
Coupe glasses - also known as balloon glasses - make the perfect vessel for gin cocktails. Their round, open bowls enhance the aromatics of the spirit, while the wide shape creates room for ice and tasty garnishes such as fresh herbs and fruit, edible flowers and whole spices. Not only will your cocktail taste delicious, it will look oh-so Instagrammable too.
2. Tall cocktail glass
Tall cocktail glasses, more commonly known as highballs, are usually - but not exclusively - used for drinks served with ice and non-alcoholic carbonated mixers. Their narrow opening minimises carbonation loss, while their tall shape allows plenty of room for extra finishing touches such as garnishes or a reusable straw.
3. Old Fashioned cocktail glass
Short or rocks glasses are designed for liquors enjoyed straight up - served with or without ice - and classic cocktails that require muddling such as the Old Fashioned. Add excitement to these more traditional concoctions with anything from vintage-inspired cut crystal glasses to modern designs that look great displayed on your drinks trolley when not being used.
4. Fun cocktail glass
A novelty cocktail cup will add an element of fun to your summer drink. The most recognisable is the tiki glass, commonly used for tropical recipes, but you can use almost anything, from a mason jar to a teacup or teapot, or even a small ceramic gluggle jug, finished with a straw, a slice of fresh fruit or a colourful paper umbrella.
5. Champagne cocktail glass
Mixing a cocktail with bubbly mixers or sparkling wines? Choose champagne flutes to keep them fizzy for longer. Their narrow shape traps in the effervescence, while their height offers room for eye-catching - and tasty - additions such as fresh seasonal fruit, colourful juices, citrus twists and even edible glitter to create the perfect party drink.
6. Pineapple cocktail glass
If you’re planning a party and really want to wow your guests, choose a large statement cocktail cup such as this gold pineapple glass with a matching straw. Its giant bowl makes the perfect pairing to cooling summer drinks blended with ice - think frozen rosé and fresh and fruity Margaritas that can be sipped, enjoyed and refilled all evening long.