Sip, sip, hooray! The 7 best cocktail glasses to own

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Picture this: It’s approaching 5pm on a Friday, the sun is still shining and you’re just about ready to call it a week. The only thing that would make this moment better is a beverage of choice.

Whether you’re making negroni spagliatos or spicy margaritas, you’ll need the best cocktail glasses for each. After you’ve set up your home bar or bar cart, a set of cocktail glasses is next on the agenda so you’re ready to mix, sip and pour a drink when the mood strikes or friends drop by.

It’s important to pair the right glass with your cocktail so you really enjoy the experience. For example, a mojito or Long Island iced tea goes in a tall highball glass, while piña coladas are best served in a curved hurricane glass.

An espresso martini goes in a martini glass (obviously!)… which you’d also serve a cosmopolitan in. Confusing? Maybe! But it will be less so shortly.

To clear it all up, we’ve done an edit of the best cocktail glasses to buy and demystify which drinks to serve in them.


  1. ‘Vivi’ highball glasses in Clear (set of 2), $39.95, Country Road (here’s why)
  2. Orrefors ‘Intermezzo’ martini glass, $140, David Jones (here’s why)
  3. Ecology classic margarita glasses (set of 4), $54.95, Temple & Webster (here’s why)

The best cocktail glasses 2024

Country Road Vivi Highball Glass set of 2


‘Vivi’ highball glasses in Clear (set of 2)

$39.95, Country Road

Best for: mojito, bloody Mary, Tom Collins, gin & tonic, Long Island iced tea, tall cocktails

Highball glasses are tall and slim, to keep the bubbles in! They’re designed for long cocktails. Lovely to hold, these 7cm x 16cm glasses are an excellent staple to start your cocktail glass collection. The fluted design is elegant and luxurious, while the glass still remains dishwasher safe. They come in a set of two, presented in a Country Road branded box. Choose from four colour options: Clear, Amber, Charcoal or Sugar Pink.

Key features:

  • Fluted design
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Four colours to choose from

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Orrefors Intermesso Martini


Orrefors ‘Intermezzo’ martini glass

$140 (usually $165), David Jones

Best for: martini, espresso martini, cosmopolitan, Manhattan, gimlet

Straight and direct (like the drink it’s made for!), the martini glass has the very recognisable ‘V’ shape. This mouth-blown martini glass features an innovative drop of blue sealed inside the stem. It’s 170mm high and 112mm wide and a beautifully crafted piece. It was designed by one of Sweden’s most well-known designers and glass artists, Erika Lagerbielke.

Key features:

  • Mouth-blown in Sweden
  • Drop of blue sealed inside the stem
  • Designed by Swedish glass artist Erika Lagerbielke


Ecology classic margarita glasses (set of 4)

$54.95 (usually $69.95), Temple & Webster

Best for: margarita, frozen cocktails

With a kicked-out curvy edge at the top, the margarita glass looks exactly like it’s ready for a good time! This one is just the right size and shape for a classic margarita. Simple and clear, this set of four crystalline glasses will go with any dinner party aesthetic and never go out of style. If you’re partial to a girls’ gathering you’ll be glad to have these on hand for a round of zingy margs. It’s one of those cocktails you must master to serve with chips and guac.

Key features:

  • 18cm H x 23cm W x 23cm D
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 340ml capacity

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Luigi Bormioli ‘Diamante’ double old fashioned glasses (set of 4)

$47.97 (usually $79.95), Myer

Best for: old fashioned, gin & tonic, mint julep, negroni, white Russian, mai tai

Very Mad Men-esque, the aptly-named old fashioned glass is the one for your harder liqueur cocktails. This set of four glasses is difficult to top when it comes to short drinks such as a negroni, gin & tonic and, of course, a classic whisky or brandy-based old fashioned. The diamond glass design makes it particularly nice to hold while you savour every sip. They’re made in Italy and are break-resistant with a 25-year warranty.

Key features:

  • Superior lead-free crystal
  • Traditional Italian craftmanship
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 380ml capacity

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  • $40 (usually $79.95) from House


Waterford Crystal ‘Lismore Arcus’ coupes (set of 2)

$349 (usually $499), David Jones

Best for: lychee martini, derby, bee’s knees, daiquiri

This lesser-known style of cocktail glass can be recognised by its curved, shallow vessel and elegant stem. Not as sharply-shaped as a martini glass, it’s suited to less dry cocktails – a lychee martini, for example. The arch-cut crystal and opulent frosted stem makes this an exquisite gift idea or luxurious addition to your glassware collection. Elevate any occasion! When not in use for slow-sipping cocktails such as a derby or bee’s knees, these coupe glasses are a delicate alternative to a champagne glass when serving sparkling wine.

Key features:

  • 260ml capacity
  • Frosted stem with satin finish
  • Presented in a Fjord green Waterford box

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Symphony hurricane cocktail glasses (set of 6)

$24.95, Temple & Webster

Best for: piña colada, Singapore sling, hurricane, blue lagoon

The hurricane glass gets its name from its origins in New Orleans where it was used to serve the sweet rum-based hurricane cocktail. It’s a tall glass with a curvy silhouette and is best suited to tropical cocktails such as piña coladas. This set of six is great value and sure to get the party started. The sturdy, simple design sits comfortably in your hand, which is exactly what you want in a hurricane glass.

Key features:

  • 460ml capacity
  • 19.6cm H x 24.5cm W x 16.5cm D
  • Dishwasher safe

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Krosno Avant-Garde champagne flutes (set of 6)

$44 (usually $79.95), Harris Scarfe

Best for: bellini, mimosa

A champagne glass is not just for sparkling wine. It’s also the best glass choice for champagne-based cocktails such as mimosas, made with sparkling wine and orange juice, or the fruity prosecco-and-peach-nectar bellini. This set of six champagne glasses from Krosno’s Avant-Garde collection have a contemporary sleek silhouette.

Key features:

  • 180ml capacity
  • Made in Poland
  • Gift boxed

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What glasses are best for cocktails?

There are a variety of cocktail glasses designed to suit different drinks. The experience of enjoying a beverage is enhanced when you choose the right one. Here’s a list of the main kinds of cocktail glasses.

  • Martini glass (martini, cosmopolitan, Manhattan, gimlet): A v-shaped glass with a long stem.
  • Margarita glass (margarita, frozen cocktails): Similar to a martini glass but with a slight curve at the top.
  • Coupé glass (sweet, slow-sipping cocktails): Halfway between a martini glass and a margarita glass, it has an elegant curved short bowl and long stem.
  • Highball glass (long cocktails): A tall glass for long cocktails that’s slender to help keep the bubbles in so your drink stays carbonated for longer.
  • Collins glass (long cocktails): Slightly taller and wider than a highball glass.
  • Old fashioned glass (negroni, white Russian): A short glass to suit short cocktails.
  • Hurricane glass (tropical long cocktails): Similar to a highball glass but with a curved silhouette.
  • Champagne flute (mimosas and bellinis): A slim vessel to keep the bubbles in with a medium-length stem.

How many cocktail glasses should I own?

The number of cocktail glasses you need really comes down to a few things. Firstly, what cocktails do you and other people in your household like? If you’re into a zesty lime, mint and gin cocktail or a long lychee and ginger cocktail, you want to make sure you have glasses to suit.

If you want to serve cocktails when people come over, build out your cocktail glasses collection accordingly. For an avid entertainer who wants to fully stock a bar area with appropriate glassware for every kind of cocktail, you’ll need a number of each type of glass (see our list of staples above).

A set of eight for each is the maximum number a frequent host of large groups would need and you could go for less if you’re likely to have smaller dinner parties.

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