Cocktail Glasses, what's up with them?

I get asked this question more that almost any except, what is your favorite cocktail so I thought this would make a good post.

Some drinks call for special glasses, this page is dedicated to helping understand what glass goes with what type of drinks.

Lowball GlassLowball Glass - short tumbler used for serving an alcoholic beverage, such as whisky, with ice cubes (“on the rocks”). It is also normally used to serve certain cocktails, such as the Old Fashioned, from which it receives its name.

Highball GlassHighball Glass - tumbler which will contain 8 to 12 fluid ounces (240 to 350 ml). It is used to serve highball cocktails and other mixed drinks.

Martini Glass 


Cocktail Glass (Martini) -  stemmed glass which has a cone-shaped bowl placed upon a stem above a flat base. It is mainly used to serve cocktails. Its form derives from the fact that all cocktails are traditionally served chilled and contain an aromatic element. Thus, the stem allows the drinker to hold the glass without affecting the temperature of the drink, and the wide bowl places the surface of the drink directly under the drinker's nose, ensuring that the aromatic element has the desired effect.
A standard cocktail glass contains 4.5 US fluid ounces.

Shot Glass
 Shot Glass -  small glass designed to hold or measure liquor, which is either drunk straight from the glass ("a shot") or poured into a mixed drink.
Standard shot glass holds 2.0 us fluid ounces.

Margarita Glass 


Margarita - cocktail consisting of tequila mixed with triple sec and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt on the glass rim. It is the most common tequila-based cocktail in the United States. The drink is usually served shaken with ice, on the rocks, blended with ice (frozen margarita) or without ice (straight up). All three methods are frequently served with salt on the rim of the glass.


Collins Glass
Collins Glass - tumbler which typically will contain 10 to 14 fluid ounces (300 to 410 mL). It is used to serve mixed drinks, especially Tom Collins cocktails. It is cylindrical in shape and narrower than a highball glass.



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