Let’s Talk Glassware!
Too much glassware? No such thing! Serving your next Empress 1908 cocktail in the perfect vessel is a simple way to elevate your at-home mixology game. So— let’s get to know the basics! From how to pair a cocktail with the fitting glassware, to where we shop for our staple pieces, we’re sharing all our tips and tricks below.
MEET OUR GLASSWARE ESSENTIALS:
If you’re just starting out in building your collection, these quintessential pieces are the place to begin. With this line-up on hand, every cocktail you create will be perfectly presented. Read on for the list, and our favourite ways to use each vessel!
The Rocks Glass
Perhaps the most versatile of glassware, the classic ‘Rocks’ (or lowball glass) is a must-have behind your home bar. While the possibilities for this short tumbler are nearly endless, it’s most ideal for serving stirred cocktails like the Empress Negroni as the wide mouth allows for a large ice cube or sphere. Looking to elevate this vessel? Choose a faceted, etched or colorful option!
The collins Glass
Equally as essential as the Rocks, if there’s one glass to include in your home bar–it’s this one! The ‘Collins’ (or highball glass) is a stunning choice for showcasing layered cocktails like our Royal Hawaiian, Garden City, and Layover. As a general rule, anything tall, refreshing or topped with soda is a foolproof match for the Collins!
The coupe Glass
Originally created to serve Champagne, the ‘Coupe’ glass has since evolved to present a variety of elegant tipples. In our opinion, it’s best for classic cocktails served ‘up’ (without ice), and delightfully foamy gin sours. It’s always our top pick for favourites like the Q1908 and Theodora!
The champagne flute
Flutes were made to feature all things bubbly. The sophisticated, elongated shape is excellent for serving celebratory cocktails like our Empress 75. A flute can be stemmed, stemless, simple or spectacular— but it’s always the favoured way to raise a toast!
HOME-BAR BONUS PICKS:
Once you’ve covered the fundamentals, we highly encourage getting creative! Adding unique pieces, like the Copa and Nick & Nora, makes cocktailing at home all the more fun.
The copa glass
The ‘Copa’ glass is the preferred choice for our signature cocktail: the Empress & Tonic! The wide, balloon shape makes room for delicious aromas and flavourful garnishes, like a vibrant grapefruit slice. Our autumnal Spanish E&T, complete with fragrant fall spices, is another go-to for the Copa glass.
Nick & nora
where to shop glassware:
While there are many wonderful online stores to browse & buy glassware, a few of our favourites are:
- Viski (for the unique and funky)
- Cocktail Emporium (for the vintage and era-specific), and
- Riedel (for timeless classics).
Our top choice for building out a personal glassware collection? Visit your local second hand and vintage shops! With an often-lower price tag and ever-rotating selection, shopping preloved could uncover unexpected treasures.