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A Guide to Coupe Glasses and the Perfect Drinks to Serve in Them

Coupe glasses are timeless staples. These shallow, wide-bowled glasses are not only visually appealing but also enhance the drinking experience by allowing drinkers to take in aromatics. Most of all, they bring a sophisticated air to any drink served up—it’s impossible not to feel elegant while sipping from a coupe.

All About the Coupe

The coupe glass has a rich history dating back to the 17th century in France. Originally known as "coupe à champagne," these glasses were created to hold sparkling wine. However, the wide bowl, while pretty, actually causes the bubbles in sparkling wine to dissipate more quickly, so Prosecco and Champagne moved over to the narrow flute design, and coupe glasses started housing stronger, more intensely flavored cocktails. 

Coupe glasses typically have a wide, shallow bowl mounted on a stem. The stem allows the drinker to hold the glass without warming the contents with their hand. The broad surface area of the bowl facilitates the release of aromas, enhancing the overall tasting experience. The design of coupe glasses has stood the test of time, making them a favorite among professional mixologists and casual home bartenders alike.

Choosing the Right Coupe Glass

When selecting coupe glasses, it's essential to consider both style and functionality. Look for glasses with a fine rim, which enhances the sipping experience. Crystal coupe glasses are preferred by many for their clarity and brilliance. Additionally, consider the size of the bowl—a larger bowl is ideal for cocktails with a higher volume of ingredients, while a smaller bowl is perfect for more concentrated drinks. Beyond those factors, you can find coupe glasses that suit your style, from vintage-inspired glassware with gold accents like the Gatsy Coupes to fine European crystal in vibrant hues like the Reserve Nouveau Coupes.    

5 Cocktails to Serve in Coupe Glasses

A list of some of our favorite drinks to serve in coupe glasses, from classic cocktails to modern creations.

AVIATION

Crème de violette haters might just be convinced to give the floral liqueur a try after sipping this drink. Crafted with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and a splash of lemon juice, this cocktail boasts a delicate balance of floral and citrus notes. Served in a coupe glass, the Aviation not only delights the palate but also captivates with its pale lavender hue and timeless appeal.

MARTINI

The Martini, whether made with vodka or gin, is a classic candidate for the coupe glass. The slightly curved rim of the coupe is less likely to cause spills than the angular design of the classic Martini glass. If you want to highlight the citrusy, aromatic qualities of the gin, garnish with a lemon twist. If you like Martinis dirty, salty, and heavy on the vermouth, garnishing with an olive is a good move.

Sidecar

The Sidecar is a delightful blend of brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. Although it follows the basic sour formula, the type of liqueur or brandy can significantly change the flavor of the drink, so getting the balance right is essential. No matter what ingredients you choose, the Sidecar looks great in a coupe glass.

Daiquiri

The Daiquiri in its original form is an underrated and refreshing vehicle for rum. Skip the slushy form and enjoy the classic drink shaken and served up in a chilled coupe glass. With its combination of rum, lime juice, and simple syrup, the Daiquiri takes on a sophisticated edge in the shallow, wide-bowled vessel. 

Manhattan

For whiskey enthusiasts, the Manhattan is a go-to choice. The marriage of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters is elevated when presented in a coupe glass. The broad surface allows the complex flavors of the whiskey to unfold, creating a balanced and satisfying cocktail.

Whether you're sipping a classic cocktail or a modern craft creation, the coupe glass enhances the drinking experience, allowing you to fully appreciate the aromas and flavors of your favorite beverages. Elevate your next cocktail hour by shaking up a few great drinks and serving them in your favorite coupe glasses.

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