Sure, it may be nearly impossible to fully replicate the look and feel of your favorite bar, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the experience of drinking at home pleasurable. One of the quickest ways to elevate your own personal bar? A dazzling set of cocktail glasses.
We know what you’re thinking — if you’re at home then you can drink out of any glass that’s handy, right? That may technically be true, but if you want to replicate the high-quality bar experience, you’ll need glasses that are befitting of the finest spirits and mixed drinks, especially if you like to entertain. Just like with cocktails, everyone has their own preferences, but, regardless of your tastes, you’re going to want a set of glasses that’s elegant, durable, and versatile — especially if you fancy yourself as a mixologist in the making.
If you’ve recently invited friends over for an upcoming soirée or if you just want to upgrade your bar, then the time is right to invest in a new set of cocktail glasses. Here are four solid sets to try for yourself.
1. Rolf Glass Mid-Century Modern Coupe Glasses
These beauties will justify anyone’s obsession with mid-century wares. The handiwork of Pennsylvania-based Rolf Glass, each coupe showcases singular craftsmanship and will make a handsome addition to your bar. Measuring 9 inches tall by 4 inches wide, the coupes feature an extra-wide bowl that holds up to 13.5 ounces of your favorite tipple. Since each coupe is also made from durable lead-free glass, they’re also dishwasher safe to make cleaning a breeze.
2. Mofado Whiskey Glass Set
There is something so simple and yet so elegant about Mofado’s whiskey glasses. While they don’t immediately grab you, a closer study shows that they offer everything you could want from a cocktail glass. Their design is clean and sophisticated, and they’re larger than the standard whiskey glass (they hold 12 ounces of liquid instead of the regular eight or 10). Plus, they have a heavy base and are plenty durable. In other words, these are glasses for people who want to spend more time focused on their drink than what they drink it out of.
3. Riedel Nick & Nora Cocktail Glass Set
As anyone who’s ever drank a martini knows, it’s a cocktail that’s easy to spill. Not when you’re drinking onefrom one of Riedel’s glasses, though. The brand’s cocktail glasses combine a martini glass with a coupe—and the result is just as elegant as you’d expect. One thing to note: Like all long-stemmed glasses, these are a tad more fragile than other offerings on this list. Despite this, they’re still dishwasher-safe.
4. Kanars Whiskey Glass Set
If you want to feel like you’re on the set of Mad Men when you’re drinking at home, then you’re going to want a set of glasses like Kanars’s. The brand’s lead-free crystal glasses feature a striking, geometric etched pattern at the bottom that’s sure to turn heads. They’re also durable and dishwasher-safe and feature a heavy base design that promises they won’t tip over easily. And, if you really like them, they’re available as a set of six.