Find the perfect cocktail glassware for your happy hour

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seven classic cocktails lined up on a wooden table

So, you're all set for a fantastic happy hour with your partner, and you've got the ingredients for the perfect cocktails. But wait, have you considered the unsung hero of your cocktail game - the glassware? Let's dive into the world of cocktail glassware, because let's be honest, no one wants to sip a Margarita out of a coffee mug! If you’re looking to set up your very own home bar, read on…

The types of cocktail glassware

Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all glassware. There's a whole fleet of cocktail glasses out there, each with a unique personality.

Classic cocktail drinks glass painting

What shape of cocktail glass do I need?

Glass shape matters more than you might think. The right glass can enhance the flavour and aroma of your drink.

  • A wine glass-shaped glass concentrates the aromas, making it perfect for a Gin and Tonic.
  • A wide-mouthed glass lets your Bloody Mary breathe and show off its spicy side.
  • Coupe glasses keep the bubbles in your Champagne dancing, as they should.
  • Cocktail tumblers are a good all rounder if you don’t have space for different types of cocktail glasses.

Materials and durability

So, the big question: crystal cocktail glasses or glass? If you love the fancy life, crystal glassware reflects light making it sparkly and more expensive, perfect for wedding heirlooms. It's not actually made from crystal but lead and minerals.

Glass is dishwasher safe, more affordable and more durable. Plus, it’s a little cheaper to replace if you have any cocktail fuelled breakages!

When choosing your cocktail glasses set, you’ve got handmade or machine-blown to consider. Handmade glass will blow you away with its unique characteristics and one-of-a-kind imperfections. LSA has been making handmade glass for over 50 years while machine-blown glasses can be made in large volumes at a high quality like major brand Riedel.

Top tip: pop your glassware in the fridge for 30 minutes before you serve your cocktail, especially if it’s a drink you wouldn’t usually serve over ice, such as a Kir Royale.

6 different cocktails in glasses on a white background
two wine glasses being filled at sunset

Matching your cocktail glassware to your personal style

Just like everything in your home (and on your wedding gift list) choose glassware that suits you as a couple. Whether you’re into fancy cocktail glasses for a more formal affair or fun cocktail glasses for something a little more casual, choose something that you’ll find a joy to drink from.

Top tip: champagne coupes double up as cocktail glasses for shorter drinks like the classic martini.

Vintage vibes

If you prefer something a little more oldy-worldy we’ve got you! One of our favourites is The Vintage List, gorgeous nostalgic designs and all dishwasher safe. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Funky cocktail glasses

If you love all things eclectic and colourful, we’ve got the glassware for you. From our very own inhouse collection, Beau Living, to the totally beautiful Lyngby Glass, you don’t need to look far to curate your very own collection of unique cocktail glasses.

Classic cocktail glasses

Now, if you’re on the fence about what type of cocktail glass is right for you, consider going totally classic. These designs are guaranteed not to date and will be a showstopper at happy hour for many years to come. Cheers!

Quirky cocktail glasses

Here at Prezola we champion all things quirky! From beautifully textured tumblers from Nkuku (Hello, cheeky negroni!) to copper stemmed gin glasses courtesy of LSA International, we’re totally here for it. If you’re hesitant about adding something a little less ordinary to your list, consider pairing your quirky choice with a more classic wine glass or tumbler.

Caring for and storing your collection

Make sure to check whether your glasses are dishwasher safe, if you’re not sure, err on the side of caution and wash by hand. Wash using warm water rather than piping hot, to avoid etching. Dry off with a microfiber cloth for that ‘fancy restaurant’ shine!

cocktail shelf filled with glasses and essentials
white cocktail cart in the corner of a room

The way you store your cocktail glassware depends on how much space you have to dedicate to your collection. We LOVE a bar cart if you have the space for one, style with your favourite cocktail glasses and cocktail making accessories for the ultimate set up.

If you’re a little short on space, consider a wall mounted shelf. Perfect for storing glassware and your cocktail making essentials.