The 6 best gin glasses for your favourite cocktails

Are you curious about what glassware you should be drinking your gin out of? After all, what cocktail glass you use isn’t merely a matter of style, but a clever way to elevate scents, tastes and textures. Well, ponder no more... because the ultimate gin glassware guide is here! No matter what your budget or your preferred gin cocktail is, there is a perfect glass for you.


The Copa de Balon (Balloon Glass)

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Perfect for: Gin & Tonic

Originating from the Basque region of Northern Spain, Copas allow G&Ts to shine! The bulbous bowl has plenty of space for ice, which means the drink stays cooler for longer, and with less dilution. There’s also more room for garnishes and the extra flavour they impart. Plus, as with the Martini glass, the long stem prevents your hand from warming the tipple and the wide brim lifts the fragrance of your G&T, allowing you to enjoy the full aroma of the drink as you sip! A large wine glass will also perform a similar function.

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The Highball

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Perfect for: Gin Fizz, Tom Collins, Red Snapper

These tall, straight glasses are designed to serve up tipples containing lots of ice and mixer. Because they’re tall and narrow with a limited surface area, they keep your tipple cool and carbonated!

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The Martini

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Perfect for: Gin Martini, Gimlet

These iconic glasses are designed to keep your tipple the right temperature, as the long stem of a martini glass prevents the drinker’s hand from warming the cool liquid. This makes them perfect for cocktails that are served straight up, that is, without ice. Meanwhile, their wide brim helps lift the tipple’s aromas to the drinker’s nose.  

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The Rocks Glass

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Perfect for: Negroni, Bramble, Gin Sour

Also known as tumblers, Old Fashioned glasses or Lowballs, rocks glasses are perfect for strong, short drinks. Their wide mouth and thick base - which is great for muddling ingredients – makes them ideal for cocktails you ‘build’ straight in the serving glass.

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The Coupe

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Perfect for: Aviation, Bees Knees, Clover Club

While myth would have you believe coupes were moulded in the shape of Marie Antoinette’s left breast, they were actually invented in England in the 1600s, long before she was born. Since then, they’ve dethroned the Martini glass as the best way to enjoy strained cocktails. Because of their long stem and wide rim, they share the advantages of the Martini glass, but aren’t so easy to spill.

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The Flute

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Perfect for: French 75, Gin & Prosecco Cocktails

As their name suggests, champagne flutes are perfect for sparkling wines. The reduced surface area of the rim keeps your fizz fizzy for longer. However, if you’re enjoying an exceptionally aromatic sparkling wine, swap out your flute for a champagne tulip. The slightly wider bowl allows for aeration, opening up the liquid’s flavours.

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