If you’re looking to enjoy a sip of your finest vintage liqueurs, best to do so from a glass designed for exactly that. The old adage goes that the more intense the tipple, the smaller the vessel and that’s certainly true of liqueur glasses.
Traditionally made from glass, they have slender stems of varying lengths and deep bowls of moderate diameter capable of holding only a couple of ounces. The petite proportions make whatever liquid is housed within seem that much more precious and allows for a slow intake that savors every last drop.
Styles vary widely with modern, minimal options as readily available as more ornate offerings. It’s all a matter of personal taste, but to help you sort through the deluge of options, we’ve curated a list of our top four favorite models available on Amazon. Pick the one that’s right for your home so you can imbibe in style.
1. Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Liqueur Glasses
This set of fine glasses maybe be free of heavy metals, but it still has one metallic weapon up its sleeve. Every one of the four components was treated with titanium reinforcement, a permanent anti-abrasion treatment applied to the stems to resist breakage. Capable of housing 2.25 ounces of liquid, each vessel can hold plenty of your favorite liqueur without going overboard. Unlike some of the other options on our list, this set has a sleek, modern silhouette that can suit a wide variety of decors and looks particularly lovely in contemporary dining rooms.
2. Neman Russian Cut Crystal Glasses
One of the more elaborate options on our list, Neman’s set is fashioned from hand-cut crystal—something the company has specialized in since 1883—with a striking surface design that’s a throwback to antique styles. The stem has a bisected design with a ball toward the center while the bowl is wide at the base and tapers slightly toward the top. With a solid 2 ounce capacity, these glasses don’t hold the most liquid of any mentioned on our list, but they are more than generous enough for the majority of users. All six placed on an elegant table setting makes for quite an impressive display.
3. Galway Crystal Erne Liqueur Glasses
Liqueur glasses tend to be either too simple or too ornate. This set from Galway Crystal gets the balance just right. Made in Ireland, each of the drinking vessels features a pattern inspired by the Erne river in the northwest part of the country that’s at once subtle and striking. Despite this, the glasses, which are made of—you guessed it—crystal are still hearty enough to survive a run or two through the dishwasher. What more could you ask for.
4. Crystalex Bohemia Crystal “Julia” Liqueur Glasses
Handcrafted from high-quality crystal, this set of six glasses has a timeless design that will suit a wide array of different table settings. Each vessel has the standard 2-ounce capacity and, despite a delicate look, is resistant to thermal shock and other kinds of breakage. A study in contrast, these glasses have rather spare bowls with ornate stems and coordinating bases for a mini goblet-like look. As with our other picks, these are dishwasher safe, but it’s generally recommended that they go on the top rack.