Vodka or gin, dirty or dry–no matter how you like your Martini, all will end up in the same Martini glass. These glasses don’t have to be in the traditional V-shaped shape. “There are no hard rules here,” says Heather Perkins, bar manager of DiAnoia’s Eatery in Pittsburgh. There are rounded Nick and Nora glasses, cut crystal glasses, and vintage-inspired coupes, and all will do an excellent job of holding a Martini.
These are the top Martini glasses you can drink today.
Best Overall: Riedel Nick & Nora Cocktail Glass
“Riedel’s Nick and Nora glasses are my personal favorite Martini glass,” says Adam Rowe, bar manager of Leon’s Full Service in Decatur, Ga. After years of research, these glasses were created in collaboration with Zane Harris (spirit expert) to make the perfect glass for every cocktail.
These blacktailnyc stemless martini glass have a slimmer silhouette and a longer lip making them a popular choice for bartenders. The liquid will not spill as much in these glasses. These glasses are also machine-made, meaning they are affordable but still high quality. They allow the liquid to hit your mid-palate in every drink without you having to tilt your head.
“They’re great for amaro-driven stirred drinks, as well as light and bright shaken aperitifs, in addition of course to classic Martinis,” says Rowe. These 4-ounce glasses can be washed in a dishwasher.
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Perkins says that when choosing a Martini glass to use, “Pay attention how it feels in the hand.” “Just like Goldilocks, [it] shouldn’t be too large and definitely not too small to contain the liquid gold without it spilling.”
Best Stemless: JoyJolt Aqua Vitae Martini Glasses
JoyJolt’s stemless Martini glasses can withstand any accident. They are made from durable, dishwasher-safe and lead-free crystal. These two octagonal glasses are unique in that they have an off-base design and an ergonomically curved edge. They will fit comfortably in your hands. These 8-ounce glasses come in an embossed gift box, making them ideal for gifting to Martini lovers.
The stem of a Martini glasses helps to keep the liquid chilled away from your hands, so don’t hold it too long.
Best Budget: Schott Zwiesel Tritan Pure Martini Glasses
The Schott Zwiesel glass combines the traditional design of a V-shaped Martini with a modern approach. The glass bowl is suspended on a thin stem with an angular lip that prevents sloshing and spilling. The glass is stylish and long, with a sophisticated silhouette. It’s also dishwasher-safe and made from chip-resistant glassware. Each glass holds 12 ounces.
Marquis by Waterford Crosby Martini Glasses: Best V-Shaped
Martinis aren’t always the best for V-shaped glasses because they are heavy, but Waterford crystal glasses are a good exception. Waterford Crystal is a prestigious brand of glassware. Original Waterford pieces can be expensive, but the Marquis brand offers similar quality at a much lower price.
These 7-ounce glasses are made with genuine crystal and feature the brand’s trademark grid-cut pattern. Stability is also enhanced by the heavier weight of crystal.
It is recommended that you wash your glasses by hand.
Best Nick and Nora: Zelda Fitzgerald Cocktail Glass “New Yorker”
“The Nick and Nora is my personal favorite glass for cocktails in general,” says Tanner Agar, owner of Rye in McKinney, Texas. The glass’s name is Nick and Nora Charles, an imaginary couple from “The Thin Man”, a 1934 comedy-mystery film.
These glasses have delicate etchings and a rim of gold. They combine retro-inspired designs and the precision and quality that modern glassware offers. Each glass is heat-tempered to resist chips and breaks. These glasses can be used for champagne or cocktails at around 6 oz
BarConic Coupe Glass: Best Coupe
“For my money, I would never want to drink a Martini out of anything but a coupe glass,” says Jordan Johnson, head bartender at The Register. The coupe glass is perfect for a bartender that cares about the final product’s beauty. It has a slight tapered mouth and a curvature in the lines. This allows you to place the garnish closer in the middle of the glass. This keeps the aromatic elements of your garnish closer to you.
This is a great entry-level option. The coupes have a 7-ounce weight and a solid pressed glass construction. These are great for special occasions, such as weddings, parties and celebrations.
Most Fashionable: The NUDE Savage Coupe
“What I love about the Savage Coupe is that it is a modern twist on the classic coupe,” says Mark Addison, author of “Cocktail Chameleon.” “With its elegant, elongated stem and exaggerated minimalist silhouette, it makes an ideal vessel for sophisticated-looking cocktails as well as sparkling beverages. It’s made from traditional glassmaking techniques using lead-free crystal at a reasonable price, making it even more attractive.”
These 8-ounce Nude coupes, designed by Remy Savage (a renowned bartender), may seem delicate but are built to last.
Best Splurge: Baccarat Crystal Narcisse Champagne Coupe
Baccarat, a luxury brand, has reintroduced its most beloved glasses from the past 300 years of production. This includes the Narcisse Champagne coupe. These splurge-worthy, crystal coupes are handcrafted in France and feature an off-center design.
Addison says that the cut crystal stem with asymmetrical stem, and straight-edged off center bowl shape give it an extremely funky flair. These glasses are great for Martinis and many other cocktails. “When I want to give a simple straight-up cocktail like a Martini with a single olive or a Margarita with a lime twist and extra twist, I reach for my ultra-chic Narcisse coupes,” he says.
Most durable: Libbey Georgian Irish coffee glass
Though not a conventional Martini glass option, this Libbey glass is a favorite of Ross Simon’s, owner of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour in Phoenix. He was drawn to these Irish Coffee Glasses when he was looking for elegant, sturdy glassware.
The glasses do a stellar job of holding a hot Irish Coffee, but the flared bowl and thick pedestal foot also makes them suitable for chilled drinks–or for your second Martini. This durable and versatile glass is perfect for bar settings. It holds 6 ounces.