Alcohol types

11 types of cocktail glasses explained

The handsome coupe (pronounced like chicken coop) is one of the most popular glasses in craft cocktail bars today (via Bevvy). Why? First of all, the shallow and raised basin is perfect for drinks served upright, i.e. without ice cubes. And this style of elixir is very popular among tattooed guys and girls behind the bar.

It usually contains no more than 4 ounces, making a smaller serving of alcohol look like a full glass. It doesn’t spill its contents on the floor as easily as a Martini. And it displays those clever trimmings so cleverly.

Debuting in 17th-century England (via Chic and Tonic), it was originally used to serve champagne, but that’s less true now: its wide surface allows bubbles to dissipate quickly. (You’ll still find fizzy drinks served in cups at weddings, but maybe that’s because cups can be stacked in those photogenic, perilous pyramids. Outside of these celebrations, most fizzy drinks are now served in tall, narrow flutes to keep the bubbles alive longer.)

Coupes are great choices for a home bar, as they’ll work well with virtually any drink served without ice: margaritas, sours, negronis, Manhattans, after-dinner cocktails like a Brandy Alexander, and even… wait . martinis. They can make whatever you pour from your shaker or mixing glass look sleek and sophisticated.