Remember: a martini in a coffee cup is still a martini. The cocktail looks stunning in its straight sided namesake cocktail glass though. Also people won't think you have a drinking problem. If I had to choose one and only one glass to keep at my house it would be a white wine glass made by Riedel or Schott Zwiesel. They have a moderate bowl and a stem for keeping your hands from warming the contents. They are also durable if you treat them well. You can drink anything from cocktails to straight spirits, to beer, to wine, to sake, to carrot juice out one. It is the best. HOWEVER, if you have the space I would recommend a few more shapes to fill out the cupboard.
I have spent a good deal of money on glassware and I think every penny has been worth it. The best online glass shop hands down is Umami Mart based out of Oakland, CA. They carry "hard strong" glass from the Toyo-Sasaki Glass factory in Chiba, Japan. Beware: Once you get a taste for drinking out of crystal its hard to go back to glass...
- A switch hitter wine glass. 240 ml (or 8ish oz) for reds, whites, pinks, and fizzies.
- A smaller stemmed glass that holds around 150 ml (5ish oz) for after dinner digestifs and small cocktails.
- If you don't care for sherry or don't have the room you can skip these and use a rocks glass. I enjoy mine though...and you should drink more sherry. I like to drink small cocktails out of these.
- A rocks glass for, you guessed it, drinks served on the rocks. Short, heavy bottomed and can hold a good amount if full but never should be all the way.
- A glass for tall drinks and highballs. The highball being an underrated and delicious way to meander through an evening. Buy pretty ones and use a straw if you like.
- A beer glass. If in a pinch use your collins glasses but what I am talking about is a touch more classic, larger in volume, and with some weight at the base. Your wine glass will come in handy for funkier Belgians and a few of those new fangled California IPAs.
- A coupe glass. The classic Marie Antoinette glass suits cocktails and everyone is doing it. These glasses are pretty and you can find all kinds of vintage ones on Etsy and Ebay. Look for sherbet cups if coupes aren't in your price range.
- A julep isn't a julep if it isn't in a silver julep cup. They are pricey but a great investment that will last forever. I dig around on Etsy for good deals.
- A Tiki mug or two are nice to have around for entertaining a hula party or limbo night. A collins glass or that footed beer glass will work fine too.
Note: Watch out for lead crystal decanters and avoid storing liquid in them for any real amount of time like Port, whiskey or brandy. Pretty lead crystal flutes or coupes should not have bubbles in them long enough to cause you more damage than the wine itself.
Note: Skip the shot glasses. You are an adult.
“I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.” -David Lee Roth
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