Cocktail glasses come in different shapes and sizes. However, have you can ever be considered why the several varieties and how each of them would serve its purpose to you?

If you have these curiosities in mind, then you have come to the right place! In today’s article, I will provide you with a list of different types of cocktails and how you can use each of them for a specific alcoholic beverage.

So without further delays, let’s begin…

1. Colin Glasses

As expensive as they may sound, Colin’s glasses are actually simple cylindrical pieces that you would mistake for regular drinking glasses. But what makes them a little special is that they are taller and have openings that are narrower.

The capacity of these glasses is about 10 to 14 ounces which are perfect for cocktails such as Paloma, Mojito, and Tom Collins (the person whom the style of glasses are named after).

2. Highball Glasses

These glasses have similarities with a Colin glass, and some may even believe that they are one at first sight. However, Highball glasses are taller but much wider in comparison to the aforementioned. And the reason why this is the case is that Highball glasses are designed to be filled with ice.

Although the glasses are relative, they can only hold 7 to 12 ounces. This may be the case—the wider opening is an excellent choice for cocktails that requires heaps of ice, such as Dark and Stormy, Rum and Coke, and Gin and Tonic.

3. Martini Glass

I’m sure Martini glass is something that you are all familiar with. They are very popular with many alcoholic drinkers because of the iconic reversed V shape. In contrast to the previous two, the martini glass can only hold a small number of cocktail drinks because they are meant for beverages with higher alcohol levels.

With this being said—this type of glass is excellent for cocktails such as Martini, Sidecar, or Cosmopolitan.

4. Coupe Glass

Coupe glass is characterized by a broad circular opening. However, the length of this piece is short, which makes them not suitable for carbonated alcoholic drinks. And this is because the bubbles would dissipate relatively quickly due to the short length and wide opening of the glass.

Also, it is best for beverages poured in a Coupe glass to be served with no ice because of the limited load it can hold.

Anyway, the Coupe glass is an excellent piece for cocktails such as Gimlet, Manhattan, and Boulevardier. 

5. Margarita Glass

Yes, the Margarita glass is another iconic cocktail glass that you might be acquainted with. The hallmark of the piece is an inverted double dome that is a reminiscence of an ice cream that is put upside down.

A Margarita glass is popular because it has a large room for garnishes like lime to be blended with the cocktail drink. Also, these garnishes do not improve the taste of the beverage but also emit a strong and pleasing aroma.

With this being said—the Margarita glass is the best option for alcoholic drinks like Daiquiri, Margarita on the Rocks, and Frozen Margarita.

6. Rock Glass

Rock glasses are low-piece and low-ball glass—it is a sturdy piece because it has a short but wide stature. As you might have surmised, this piece is designed to hold large amounts of alcoholic beverages. 

But what makes them better than the rest is their functionality because their design allows you to put in an ample amount of ice and several garnishes that would enhance the taste and aroma of your drinks.

Rock glasses are the perfect piece for cocktails such as Old Fashioned, Sazerac, and Negroni.

7. Hurricane Glass

Hurricane glasses are characterized by its tulips shape contours that make them unique and somewhat stylish. The piece has a narrow opening but a longer stem. It can hold about 20 ounces, which is perfect for cocktail drinks with lower alcoholic levels, like tropical cocktails such as Hurricane, Singapore Sling, and Pina Colada.


It should be prepared with the appropriate drinking glass, as explained in today’s article, to get the best taste and experience from your cocktail drinks. Also, to enhance your experience with these cocktail drinks, you can use custom drinking glasses instead of the traditional which are basically bland and colorless.

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By Grace