15 of the best cocktail glasses
From tumblers to highballs and flutes, time to invest in great glassware for your at-home bar and dinner parties - here's our picks of the best cocktail glasses to buy to be prepared for every tipple
Looking for cocktail glasses to take your homemade cocktails to the next level? There’s something about a pretty glass that makes a drink, whether it’s a champagne cocktail in a coupe, a sleek glass for martinis or whisky in a satisfyingly weighty tumbler. Here are a few of our favourites to ensure you are covered no matter what cocktail you are shaking together. For more inspiration, check out our favourite whisky glasses and round up of the best online bottle shops.
For chilling your drinks in style, check out our cocktail ice cubes guide, then brush up on your cocktail making skills with these expert bartender tips for mastering cocktails at home.
Best cocktail glasses to buy
The Marksologist set of two margarita glasses
- Available from Marks & Spencer (£6, set of 2)
Serve your spicy margarita in style with these classic glasses. They’re also great for drinks with big garnishes, as well as frozen margaritas, daiquiris or sgroppinos.
Marks & Spencer (£6)
Royal Selangor frost tumbler
Run out of ice? This useful tumbler comes with a pewter base that can be chilled in the freezer and then placed under the glass to keep your drink cold for a couple of hours. It's also perfect for cocktails or spirits that you don't want to dilute with ice.
Glencairn whisky copita
This classic tasting glass is designed to concentrate the aromas of spirits like whisky. It's also a lovely option for sipping aperitifs like dry sherry or after-dinner liqueurs and digestifs.
Untitled Drinks coupette glasses
- Available from Untitled Drinks (£44/set of 2)
Untitled Drinks – owner of Bar Termini, Untitled Bar and 69 Colebrooke Row in London – has released a range of handmade glassware designed to enhance the cocktail you're drinking. We're coveting the rose-hued negroni glasses and these coupettes, designed to ensure your martini is as cold and as crisp as possible.
Untitled Drinks (£44/set of 2)
Mila Cocktail Glass
- Available from Nkuku (£50/set of 4)
We love the warm tones of these sleek vessels made from recycled glass – they'd make a pretty display on a kitchen shelf or drinks trolley. Use for drinks such as martinis and cosmopolitans.
Nkuku (£50/set of 4)
LSA International Borough Martini Glasses
Nick and Nora-style glasses make for an especially chic martini – just remember to chill the glass first for 20 minutes or so in the freezer for that extra frosty drink – we’ll have ours with gin, dry vermouth and a dash of orange bitters.
Anton Studio Designs empire gin glasses
Essential kit for G&T drinkers – fill these elegant glasses with ice, your favourite gin, tonic and lots of garnishes. Here's how to make the perfect gin and tonic.
Sir/Madam rialto glass tumbler
- Available from Amara (£70, set of 2)
Inspired by Venice's famous bridge of the same name, these cheerful, sunshine yellow tumblers are perfect for summer garden parties and barbecues.
Amara (£70, set of 2)
Diamante hurricane glasses
LSA International Whisky Islay Tumbler, set of 2
Reassuringly chunky glasses (with their own individual walnut wood bases) to cradle in your hands, preferably in front of a roaring fire.
No 3 Perfect Martini Gift Set
Need a gift for the martini lover in your life? This set features two of No 3 Gin’s delicate martini glasses, a collaboration between the distillery and glassware brand Nude. Designed to ensure your martini stays colder for longer, they come with a bottle of No 3’s rather delicious juniper-led gin.
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LSA International canopy recycled glass highball
A sleek, minimalist aesthetic makes these glasses a stylish, versatile choice for long soft drinks or cocktails such as a dark ’n’ stormy.
Jancis Robinson Wine Glasses
- Available from Wolf & Badger (£255, set of 6)
Wine glasses are great for spritzes and this set is worth investing in as they’re designed to be used for everything from wine and port to champagne (it’s often better to drink the latter from a wine glass as you can better appreciate the aromas).
Wolf & Badger (£255, set of 6)
Dartington Crystal Margarita Glass
A classy glass for margarita lovers – we’ve got a classic margarita recipe, plus some fun twists (the watermelon marg is a must make) here.