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Types of Cocktail Glasses



Dedication to drinking knows no bounds.

Like pioneers, the good men and women who came before us had to suffer through drinks in inferior glasses so we wouldn't have to. Today we can enjoy a glass specially designed to bring out a drink's maximum flavor.

A toast to all those who came before us.

Types of Glasses List

Balloon Glass (or "Ballon")
A wine glass with a shorter, rounder bowl. Typically used for red wines in the U.S., but usage varies in different countries.

Barware
Traditionally, any short or tall tumbler designed for alcoholic beverages, though now, this term often includes specialty drinkware (such as Margarita glasses) and accessories such as Ice Buckets.

Beverage Glass
A tall, thin tumbler that holds about 12oz of liquid.

Brandy Snifter
A piece of stemware especially designed for drinking brandy, typically having a very short stem and a large, round bowl.

Champagne Coupe
Popular legend states the champagne coupe is molded to mimic Marie Antoinette's breast, though the design predates her by a century. It is designed for sweeter wines as its broad shape forces it to lose carbonation quickly.

Champagne Flute
A stemmed glass for drinking champagne with a tall, cylindrical bowl.

Cocktail Glass
Martini is the drink, cocktail is the glass.

Collins glass
A thin tumbler, usually 10-14oz, designed for several mixed drinks, especially the Tom Collins.

Cooler
A tall tumbler that holds about 16oz of liquid.

Cordial
A small glass, with or without a stem, for drinking liqueurs or shots of alcohol, usually 1oz to 4oz in capacity.

Footed Mug
A glass for drinking hot liquid with a handle and decorative foot, it's sometimes called an "Irish Coffee Mug", and typically used for serving specialty coffees and other hot beverages.

Goblet
A stemmed glass having a tall, straight-sided silhouette typically used for serving water or white wines.

Grappa Glass
A uniquely shaped piece of stemware designed for drinking the Italian spirit "Grappa". More recently, it has come into fashion as a more all-purpose liqueur glass.

Highball
A tall tumbler that holds about 10oz to 12oz of liquid.

Juice Glass
A tumbler that holds between 5oz and 10 oz of liquid.

Margarita Glass
Sometimes called a coupette glass, this is a slightly larger and rounded approach to a cocktail glass with a broad-rim for holding salt, ideal for margaritas and other fruit drinks. Typical Size: 12 oz.

Martini Glass
A footed glass with a coned-shaped bowl, designed for drinking Martinis, Manhattans, Cosmopolitans, and other specialty drinks.

Pilsner
A tall, cylindrical glass for drinking beer or mixed drinks, usually having a wide foot below the bowl or a short stem.

Old Fashioned or On-the-rocks glass
A short, wide tumbler, usually holding 8oz to 10oz of liquid. A Double-Old-Fashioned glass holds about 14oz of liquid.

Rhine Wine
Detailed glasses designed for German wines, typically white. These typically feature intricate designs and rich colored glass.

Sherry Glass
A small glass preferred for aromatic alcohols like aperitifs, ports, and sherry. Typical Size: 2 oz.

Sour glass
A small, stemmed glass with a wide top. Similar a small champagne glass it is also called a whiskey sour glass. Typically holds 5-6 ounces

Stemware
A general name for any drinking glass that features a bowl on a stem.

Tumbler
A general name for any drinking glass without a stem.

Whiskey Tumbler
Small, thin walled glass used for whiskey

Wineware
A general term for any stemmed glassware that's intended for the service of wine or spirits.

Old Fashioned
Received its name from the Old Fashioned cocktail, used to serve such drinks Short tumbler, also called rocks glass

Old Fashioned holds 6-10oz
Double Old Fashioned holds 12-16oz

Highball
A tall tumbler that holds about 10oz to 12oz of liquid.

Beverage Glass
A tall, thin tumbler that holds about 12oz of liquid

Cooler
A tall tumbler that holds about 16oz of liquid.

Beer Glasses
Pilsner, Footed Mug, Weizen glass, beer stein, pint glass, snifter for more flavorful beers

Collins glass A thin tumbler, usually 10-14oz, designed for several mixed drinks, especially the Tom Collins.


Whiskey Tumbler Small, thin walled glass used for whiskey


Stemware

Grappa Glass
Specialized to enhance the flavor of grappa, an Italian grape-based brandy.

Champagne Flute
Designed to contain the carbonation and focus the flavor of champagne, the flute is a classic design.

Champagne Coupe
Popular legend states the champagne coupe is molded to mimic Marie Antoinetteu0092s breast, though the design predates her by a century. It is designed for sweeter wines as its broad shape forces it to lose carbonation quickly.

Brandy Snifter
Often used for cognac, bourbon, whiskey, and strong beers like barleywine, imperial stout and double India pale ale, a brandy snifter, typically has a very short stem and a large, round bowl.

Cocktail Glass
Martini is the drink, cocktail is the glass.

Sour glass
A small, stemmed glass with a wide top. Similar a small champagne glass it is also called a whiskey sour glass. Typically holds 5-6 ounces

Sherry Glass A small glass preferred for aromatic alcohols like aperitifs, ports, and sherry. Typical Size: 2 oz.

Rhine Wine Detailed glasses designed for German wines, typically white. These typically feature intricate designs and rich colored glass.

Margarita Glass Sometimes called a coupette glass, this is a slightly larger and rounded approach to a cocktail glass with a broad-rim for holding salt, ideal for margaritas and other fruit drinks. Typical Size: 12 oz.

Cordial Glass
Small and stemmed glasses used for serving small portions of your favorite liquors at times such as after a meal. Typical Size: 2 oz.