As with beer and wine, the glassware used to serve cocktails impacts not only the flavor of the drink, but also the "experience" of drinking it. Learn more w/ PBS Idea Channel:
  1. Coupe Glass
    Rumored to be designed after Marie Antoinette's breast, the coupe is associated with Champagne towers, and tend to warm drinks faster as the drinker often holds it by the bowl. It's a common glass for daiquiris.
  2. Martini Glass
    The glass itself does not "aid" the martini's flavor at all. It arguably detracts from the cocktail, but the glass is inherently synonymous with the drink. A martini would actually be best served in a "Nick and Nora" glass (shown), which has more of a chalice shape.
  3. Curved Tumbler Glass
    The curved mouth funnels the drink's aroma to your nose. Scents amplify taste. Oddly, the Sazerac (the drink of choice in Mad Men) is served in this glass, which is meant for ice. A Sazerac would NEVER be served with ice.
  4. Rocks Glass
    Common and "manly," the rocks glass is a dual purpose vessel - it's great for stirring, and the heavy botton lends itself to holding a single, large ice cube. Can't resist the dramatic effect of pouring the drink over the cube!
  5. Why does it matter?
    Bartenders never want to threaten someone's comfort in a bar, and glassware is a simple way to put them at ease with their drink selection. PBS Idea Channel dissects cocktail's place in the zeitgeist here: