The everlasting appeal of a martini is undeniable, and there are plenty of disputable traditions (even bona fide “rules”) on how to craft the perfect concoction. To cover the basics—just in case you’re new to the cocktail scene—martinis are composed of either gin or vodka and vermouth, and are usually garnished with either an olive or two or a lemon twist. H. L. Mencken famously called the martini “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet,” which to me, couldn’t be a more accurate depiction of the iconic drink. While some mixologists, bartenders, and liquor connoisseurs are ardently opposed to serving the cocktail served shaken (despite James Bond’s preference “shaken, not stirred”), others are firm believers that garnishing a martini with anything other than olives (i.e., a lemon twist) is basically blasphemy.
Whether you take your martini with gin or vodka, straight or on the rocks, dirty, Vesper, or Gibson style (…and I could go on), there’s something remarkably chic about holding the perennial, canonical-shaped glass, even if you’re not a huge fan of the rugged “flavor” of the actual beverage. How you choose to order or make your martini is entirely up to you. However, it’s kind of universally accepted that drinking the classic, old-timey cocktail out of anything but their signature glass is a major no-no. Below, we’ve highlighted a few perfectly classic martini glasses to elevate your next cocktail night at home.
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Let’s face it: Martinis are strong cocktails, and when you’ve had a couple, you’re a bit more prone to drops and spills. These ultra-durable glasses are built to be unbreakable, thanks to a polycarbonate plastic material that looks exactly like crystal glass alternatives. Seriously, no one will be able to tell the difference.
For those who have a taste for the classic appeal of a wide canonical design, but prefer your glass without stems, this beautiful set is just for you. Aside from their stemless build, these glasses are also engineered to keep your cocktail nice and cool for up to an hour after your drink was poured.
For those with an appreciation for modernist design (and martinis, of course) these stemless martini glasses are chic and durable. This set comes with four glasses, and each one holds about 8.25 ounces comfortably to avoid spills.
These professional-grade glasses are dishwasher safe and hold up to six ounces of your favorite concoction. The minimalist design is everything you’d want in a traditional martini glass.
These diamond-shaped martini glasses are stylish and sleek. They have a more advanced style than the classic triangle glassware, and are certainly a conversation starter.