There’s a good chance that your first alcoholic beverage was enjoyed out of a red Solo cup, and maybe you still use a Solo cup from time to time when you forget to do the dishes (no judgment here). And while the plastic cup no doubt has nostalgic value, it’s worth having some proper cocktail glasses in your cupboard or bar cart. There are a lot of different kinds of glasses, but one undeniable classic is a martini glass. Many bars have done away with the martini glass in favor of the coupe glass, due to the fact that the latter has a shape that curves inward, making it harder to spill. But there’s an undeniable old-world charm to the sharply angular martini glass, whether you take your martini shaken or stirred.
The traditional martini glass has a surprising amount of details that are designed to enhance the drinking experience. Holding the glass by the stem prevents the transfer of your hand’s heat to the drink. If you’re drinking a gin martini (sorry James Bond, gin is better than vodka) the bowl’s wide mouth allows the gin to aerate, which brings out the botanicals.
Admittedly, the top-heavy shape does make it prone to spilling. If you find yourself knocking down your martinis, you can invest in stemless martini glasses instead. They have a flat glass base to hold them upright, and it’s easier to hold them steady. Whether you want a traditional stemmed martini glass or a more modern stemless option, there’s a glass on this list for you.
1. JoyJolt 4-Piece Afina Cocktail Glasses Set
This stemless martini glass set comes with four glasses. The bases are heavy for stability and comfort in the hand. They’re dishwasher-safe, and are well-suited to other cocktails besides martinis, like cosmopolitans and Manhattans.
Pros: Dishwasher-safe, glasses feel solid in the hand.
Cons: Some reviewers reported glasses that had minor imperfections.
2. Lenox Tuscany Classics Martini Glasses
For a traditional, tall option, this set of four from Lenox is made from non-lead crystal. It has an 8 oz. capacity. The lip curves slightly outward, which creates a sophisticated silhouette and makes it easier to drink from.
Pros: Traditional stemmed martini glass from a well-known brand, comes in a set of four for easy service.
Cons: Some found them lighter weight than they hoped.
3. Libbey Cosmopolitan Martini Glasses
This martini glass set comes with four stemless glasses. They’re marketed as “Cosmopolitan” glasses (a “Cosmo” is typically made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice), but they can suit a variety of cocktails from Manhattans to martinis. The bowl is a made from thick glass and the base is weighted for stability.
Pros: Multiple reviewers were satisfied with the weightiness of the glass and how easy to hold they are.
Cons: Can be top-heavy.