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Few end-of-day rituals are more relaxing than coming home after a long day and sitting down with your favorite cocktail. And the glassware you choose may be nearly as important to the experience as the drink itself. If you’re mixing any two ingredients together, you should be reaching for a highball glass. As evidenced by its name, the taller and more cylinder-shaped glass allows for a good balance of ice, spirit and juice. They are perfect for drinks, including a Bloody Mary, Gin and Tonic, Mojito and more.
Highball glasses will give your cocktail the presentation it deserves. You don’t have to sacrifice style for substance when it comes to choosing the right highball glass. Below, the best options that will both showcase your home mixology skills and make your favorite cocktail as tasty as ever.
Baccarat’s highball set is designed in a classic, traditional style that focuses on subtle craftsmanship above all. With its minimalist design, the pure crystal glass has striking vertical lines that provide a rich, textured quality you can admire while you enjoy your drink. Furthermore, the glass just feels perfectly balanced in your hand, which makes it easy to hold while you enjoy conversations with friends after a long day.
Featuring deep detailing, these Waterford glasses are also made with a weighted bottom to feel rich and luxurious in your hand. Not only will they hold your favorite drink nice and neatly, the glasses can also be used just as easily as a water glass. That added versatility can come in handy when entertaining for large groups or when you want to have some nice water glasses for a home-made dinner date.
Tom Dixon always brings something unexpected to the classics. The brand’s highball glasses from its Tank collection, for example, features a cylinder base that really heightens its look. They are also made from a fusion of clear and black glass, adding an ombre effect, a smokey coloring on the surface. It gives a whole new meaning to “dark and stormy.”
Orrefors is a Swedish label that’s been creating elegant glasses for more than a century. Every one of its pieces are finely crafted from a team of glassblowers, cutters and designers—all of whom contribute to styles that are equal parts modern and timeless. The sets from its Sofiero collection are especially noteworthy, featuring grid-chiseled surfaces that really add dimension. They are great conversation-starters.
Diamonds sparkle, refracting light in ways that draw the eye. This is exactly the vibe that Richard Brendon’s highballs impart. The lower thirds of each glass feature a pattern of brilliants that bolsters both the visibility and tactility of the design. They are real gems.
Highball glasses tend to come in two styles: too plain or overly ornate. Riedel’s fits neatly between the two. It lacks the fussy cross-hatching of some highball vessels but does have a series of vertical line etchings that give it true character. The machine-made glass, like all of Riedel’s offerings, is excellent. It has a capacity of 10 ounces, which means there’s room for your drink of choice and plenty of ice cubes.
Gondinger’s pieces have the Midas touch. Since 1973, the company has been specializing in crystal, offering glass sets that are top-quality and filled with details that really shine. Case in point: this four-piece set, with a silhouette that tapers and a surface that features a pleated pattern. And if that isn’t enough, the rims are gold-plated, giving your drink that added dose of sparkle.
Clean and streamlined are the characteristics that best describe Nude’s designs. It’s a brand that eschews ornate flourishes, instead focusing on sleek lines and shapes. “Nude” is certainly an apt name. Living up to this reputation is this set, made of lead-free crystal etched with a raised linear pattern. It’s playful without being too showy, which is what the company does best.
If you want your glassware to make a big impact, William Yeoward Crystal is the name to know. The brand has a slew of collections, most of which feature intricate patterns, bright hues or a combination of both. Prime example: this Vanessa highball glass, which is made glass that’s handblown to resemble tortoise shells. It’s the kind of the design that’ll really make a splash at a party.
Part of Waterford’s value collection, these highball glasses from Marquis are an incredible option for those looking to outfit an entire style of glass selection all in one swoop. A single purchase will set you up nicely for dinner parties or for having a few friends over before you head out for the night. The textured, almost pineapple-like detailing at the bottom not only makes for a fun aesthetic but gives your hand a place to naturally rest while you sip on the drink.