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Best martini glasses 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated May 1, 2019
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Charlie OliverHi there, I’m Charlie Oliver. After spending over 27 hours comparing at least 12 martini glasses, I am recommending the best martini glasses of 2018

I will go through the main features and what you should consider when deciding which one to pick over the other. What I would like you to remember as you browse my website is that I don’t work in the industry so the reviews I have are based on good old fashioned honesty.

Best martini glasses of 2018

Many brands have introduced martini glasses on the market. These brands have resulted in a variety for the user. These require that the consumers be well aware of what they are buying so as to make the best choice. However, after giving you the TOP list, I will also give you some of the benefits you stand to gains for using it. Many models on the market may be confusing to a person who is shopping for their first time. Below you can find 3 reviews of the best martini glasses to buy in 2018, which I have picked after the deep market research.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Ease of use
5 points
4 points
4 points
Versatility
5 points
4 points
4 points
Construction
4 points
5 points
4 points
Value
5 points
5 points
5 points
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How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the martini glasses by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

№1 – JoyJolt Afina 4-Piece Cocktail Glasses Set

 
JoyJolt Afina 4-Piece Cocktail Glasses Set

Pros
This cocktail glass set is a modern take on a classic glass. These 8-ounce Martini glasses are casual yet elegant with their cinched design. It has a heavy base elegant stemless construction that ensures stability.
Sturdy and strong enough for cosmopolitan cocktail bar glasses, or in areas where breakage of cocktail/martini glasses are a concern.
Cons
I didn’t notice a single drawback yet
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this martini glasses win the first place?

I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.

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Ease of use
5

5star

Versatility
5

5star

Construction
4

4star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№2 – TOPFUND Lead Free Fusion Crystal Cocktail Martini Glass

 
TOPFUND Lead Free Fusion Crystal Cocktail Martini Glass

Pros
4-each lead Free Fusion Crystal Glass Cocktail Martini Glass, 7-Ounce, 6.28 inches tall x 4.1 inches wide
Crystal lead-free glass is made by replacing the lead oxide in production of the glass with barium oxide, zinc oxide, or potassium oxide. 
Lead Free Crystal Fusion Glass Crystal glassware can shine, reflecting the colorful colorful light, and can sing.
Cons
Lack of sufficient storage space.
Exterior build could be improved.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this martini glasses come in second place?

Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Versatility
4

4star

Construction
5

5star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№3 – Set of 2 Martini Glasses – Lead-Free Crystal Glass Imported From The Czech Republic – 280ml

 
Set of 2 Martini Glasses - Lead-Free Crystal Glass Imported From The Czech Republic - 280ml

Pros
ELEGANT EUROPEAN DESIGN: Classically designed crystal martini glasses. Imported from the Czech Republic.
QUALITY: Our martini glass set is made from hand blown, lead free crystal. The perfect accessory for novice or experienced martini enthusiasts.
SIZE: Each glass holds 280ml (9.5 fluid ounces). Enjoy your favorite martinis or up Manhattans in style with these elegant and modern martini glasses.
Cons
Takes some getting used to.
High cost.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this martini glasses take third place?

It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Versatility
4

4star

Construction
4

4star

Value
5

5star

 

 

martini glasses Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy martini glasses, right? No!

On The Rock Glass With Ice Ball Maker

For those who like their whiskey on the chilled side, this rocks glass is the perfect option. Each set comes with a silicone mold that, when filled and frozen, forms a single solid ice ball that outlasts regular ice cubes. The glass itself also features a shape conducive for the ice ball, allowing the sipper to swirl with ease minus the worry of spillover.

Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge

The warm whiskey burn can end up deterring many from enjoying one of the world’s finest spirits. Here’s a fantastic solution to that obstacle. The Whiskey Wedge is an artful way to chill but not water down the dram, as the wedge is designed to melt at a much lower pace than floating ice cubes.

Orrefors ‘Intermezzo’ Old-Fashioned Glass

Truly one-of-a-kind, each Intermezzo glass features a drop of color in the stem that distinguishes the glass from anything else you’re ever encountered. It’s made from crystal, is dishwasher safe, and designed by Erika Lagerbielke; add a touch of modern to the bar.

Riedel VINUM Whiskey Glasses

World-famous glassmakers produce this fine whiskey vessel that’s made of 2percent lead crystal for enhanced clarity, a capacity of seven ounces, and features a short stem and elongated thistle-shaped body in order to enhance the characteristics of the whiskey for every drinker’s enjoyment.

Matterhorn Glass

If you’re more of a dreamer than a doer check out these Matterhorn glasses inspired by the famous mountain in the Alps. Each glass is crafted out of crystal and looks quite impressive when filled with a dram of your favorite whiskey. And while you may never actually hike the famed mountain, at least now you can admire it from afar.

Norlan Glass

Get your hands on this glass that was just given the green light for production after a successful Kickstarter campaign. It’s a transparent, double-walled sipping vessel formed from a specific glass-blowing technique. The Norlan weighs in at 12grams and features a faceted base to eliminate fingerprints on the bowl.

Dorset Double Old Fashioned Glasses

Looking a bit like a shot glass rather and your typical Old Fashioned, the wide mouth facilitates a fuller sip capacity without any drip and the whole piece is made from mouth-blown glass, designed by Goran Hongell. Its mid-century design is one of elegance and simplicity, marrying it well with any number of fine whiskeys.

Library Hand-Cut Double Old Fashioned Glass

Suited for a cool winter’s night next to a warm fireplace, the rough-hewn glass makes this vessel a fantastic addition to your wet bar. It’s crafted from molded blown soda glass, boasts a hand-cut design, and comes in a set of six that also includes a shot glass, highball, wine glass, flute, and martini glass as well.

Ox Horn Double Old Fashioned Whiskey Tumbler

If you’re not satisfied with drinking an after-hours pour out of glass then look to this Ox Horn built tumbler. Built from ethically-sourced horns, it hosts ounces of capacity, is polished to a bright finish, and handmade in England. Easily a more macho option for those whiskey drinkers out there.

Blade Runner Whiskey Glasses

If Harrison Ford drank whiskey, which we’re sure he does, he would certainly own a pair of these Blade Runner glasses. They feature a square design with diagonal cuts at the angles and were modeled after the exact same tumblers used by Deckard himself in the movie.

The Lowball Machined Whiskey Tumbler

As a hard working individual you appreciate the time and effort it takes to get something done correctly. The Lowball was conceived with this notion in mind and is crafted for that special moment when the day is done. The interior features CNC Lathe contours to create a perfect hourglass snifter profile and the tumbler boasts optimized geometry so it fits perfectly in your hand.

The story behind this product

Clean, simple and stylish, this range of contemporary shaped, martini glasses are perfect for sophisticated cocktails. Designed by LSA, the iconic, conical form and slender stem of each piece is moulded from mouth blown glass and will become an indispensable part of your home dining experience.

The basic home bar

You don’t need a lot of equipment to make great drinks at home. If you’re just getting into cocktails, you might start with a shaker, a jigger, and a strainer. More advanced mixologists should consider investing in a good mixing glass, spoon, muddler, and citrus press. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll need, depending on the types of drinks you like.

Shaker: Perhaps the most basic bar tool, this is used to shake cocktails that include mixers (such as juice, dairy, or egg) to blend flavors from the various spirits and ingredients and to chill, aerate, and dilute the drink. Although shakers can be subdivided further, the Boston and cobbler styles are the two main setups you’ll see. Most professionals use Boston shakers, which are comprised of large and small cups that fit together. Both cups are usually metal, but sometimes bartenders use a pint glass for the smaller one. A Boston shaker requires a little more finesse to connect and shake, and needs a separate strainer. Cobbler-style shakers, on the other hand, are more popular with home bartenders. Generally, they separate into three pieces: a canister, a lid with a strainer, and a cap to cover up the holes. These have a tendency to leak, but they don’t require a separate strainer.

Mixing glass: Cocktails made entirely of alcohol (or perhaps very light mixers), such as a martini or Manhattan, should be stirred. Although you can stir in something like a pint glass, a mixing glass with straight sides, a heavy base, and a pour spout works far better (and looks nicer). Mixing glasses are traditionally made of glass rather than metal; glass is a better insulator and allows the guest to watch the cocktail being made.

Bar spoon: Used for preparing stirred cocktails, a bar spoon has a long handle for reaching the bottom of a mixing glass. A good spoon can also scoop up garnishes.

Muddler: This tool smashes herbs, fruit, or sugar cubes for making cocktails like a mojito. All manner of muddlers exist, from heavy plastic cylinders to artisan-made wooden objets d’art to the disk-shaped end of a bar spoon.

Citrus press: Most of the bartenders we spoke with recommended a hand press for citrus-based cocktails. Hand-held citrus reamers tend to be difficult to use; electric and manual presses produce more juice than the average home bartender needs. A hand press, which has a cup for the cut half of citrus and levered handles, will more easily produce the right amount of juice for a couple of drinks.

If you want a cobbler shaker

This all-in-one shaker and strainer will be easier to use for novice mixologists. It has less of a tendency to leak than other cobbler-style shakers, and it feels more solidly built.

Although pro bartenders generally prefer and recommend two-piece Boston shakers, the style does take a separate strainer (and a little more finesse) to work with. If you want an all-in-one solution, we like the Usagi Cobbler Shaker. Chris Tunstall recommends a cobbler shaker for beginners because you don’t need a separate strainer, but these shakers also have a terrible reputation for leaking. Several of our experts criticized them for lids that get stuck and poor built-in strainers with holes that are inefficient, too big, or that drip. The Usagi is the only cobbler shaker we’ve found that doesn’t leak while shaking and that came apart easily.

Pull Quote

Our experts cautioned against buying expensive shakers at fancy kitchen stores (they are designed more for looks than functionality), as well as cheaply-made shakers often sold at liquor stores.

The Usagi feels heavier and more solid than Oggi’s Marilyn Tall and Slim Cocktail Shaker, our top cobbler pick from 201(which, according to some of our readers, also has some leaking problems). All three parts of the Usagi shaker remained snug while shaking, yet the parts weren’t so tight that it was tough to break the seal. We also appreciated that the Usagi shaker has a little ergonomic indentation in the cap where you can put your index finger while shaking. For those who care, this shaker also looks nice and classic.

Our experts cautioned against buying expensive shakers at fancy kitchen stores (they are designed more for looks than functionality), as well as cheaply-made shakers often sold at liquor stores.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler praises the Koriko Weighted Shaking Tins, while Robert Hess recommends both the Koriko tins and Usagi Cobbler Shaker models (with preference given to the Boston style).

Our mixing glass pick

This glass has a more stable base and better pour spout than others we looked at. Its understated lines will also complement a variety of styles better than etched versions.

All of the glasses we tried were comparable in size and durability, but the Umami Mart’s wide, heavy base gives it more stability; it does not tip or move around, making it one of the easiest glasses we tried for stirring liquid and ice with a bar spoon. Cocktail Kingdom’s Seamless Yarai Mixing Glass, by comparison, didn’t sit flat on the counter and wobbled with stirring, as did the lightweight French press carafes we tried.

An OXO Hawthorne strainer snugly fit the mouths of most of the mixing glasses we tested. But the spout on the Umami Mart glass is smaller and more precise than those on Cocktail Kingdom’s Yarai Mixing Glass and the W&P Mixing Glass, making straining the drink into a cocktail glass a more foolproof affair. Cocktail Kingdom’s Seamless Yarai Mixing Glass has a similar pour spout and is few dollars cheaper, but its tendency to wobble knocked it out of the running.

Also great for a budget mixing glass

This glass will tip more easily when mixing, and doesn’t look nearly as elegant as our top pick. But at less than a sixth of the price, it does the trick (and can also work as half of a Boston shaker setup).

A tempered pint glass such as the Anchor Hocking Pint Mixing Glass does not meet the recommendations for a wide base and straight sides. However, it is inexpensive, thick, heavy, durable, fits a Hawthorne strainer snugly, and is multipurpose if you also use it as a shaker and/or drinking glass.

The angle of the glass makes it more difficult to get a smooth and fast stir, and pouring can be less precise than a true mixing glass with a good spout. But the glass does the job and it even makes a good vessel for muddling herbs or citrus.

Mixing glass competition

Cocktail Kingdom’s Seamless Yarai Mixing Glass is slightly bigger than the aforementioned mixing glass (550 mL versus 500 mL). It, too, has a wide base, but here the glass is lighter and it does not sit completely flat, making it wobble slightly while mixing. A Hawthorne strainer fits more snugly than the other glass, and the spout is smaller and more precise for pouring.

A couple of our experts recommended Williams-Sonoma’s version of the Yarai glass, but it is no longer available. Instead, we tested the W&P Mixing Glass now available at Williams-Sonoma (and elsewhere). Although it is sturdy, durable, and fits a Hawthorne strainer snugly, the taller height of the glass makes stirring and pouring feel a bit awkward. The glass also has a wide spout that makes pouring less precise than glasses with narrower spouts.

We considered French press carafes, such as the BonJour French Press Replacement Glass Carafe and the Bodum Spare Glass Carafe, but realized these would not work as they typically come in sizes that are too small (1ounces) or too large (3ounces) for a Hawthorne strainer. Furthermore, these inexpensive carafes are made of thin, light glass that moves and wobbles while stirring.

While functional and potentially attractive to some, we omitted scientific beakers from our review because we believe the prominent measurement marks on these glasses detract from the art of using a mixing glass to make cocktails.

Although your favorite bartender may free pour liquor right from the bottle into the shaker tin or mixing glass, measuring into a jigger offers much more accuracy (especially if you’re new to making cocktails). After retesting our original pick along with seven additional models in 201year, we continue to stand by our original recommendation of the OXO Good Grips ¼-cup Mini Angled Measuring Cup.

The OXO also helps prevent spilling and messes—a common problem with traditional two-sided jiggers—because it features a useful pour spout and has extra space in the cup above the highest measurement.

A Glass Act

Stunning glasses deserve to be on show. Go retro and serve your guests from a drinks trolley or store your delicate cocktail glasses in a display cabinet.

The Insider Pick

The best cocktail shakers are comfortable in your hands, do not make a mess, and are easy to clean. The Top Shelf Bar Supply Stainless Steel Boston Shaker Set has all of these properties in addition to an impressive money-back guarantee.

When you want a delicious cold mixed drink during the holidays, after work, or when entertaining, an indispensable part of a good home bar is a top-quality cocktail shaker.

There are two popular styles of cocktail shakers: the Boston shaker and the cobbler shaker. The Boston shaker consists of two mixing tins or glasses of different sizes (usually 2ounces and 1ounces.) The liquids you are mixing naturally create a seal between the two containers to avoid dripping. When using a Boston shaker, you need a separate Julep or Hawthorne strainer depending on the drink you are making.

The cobbler shaker has three parts: a tapered top with a built-in strainer, bottom shaking tin, and a cap that can also work for measuring liquids. The biggest complaint about the cobbler is that the top either leaks or is difficult to remove once the ice chills the shaker.

Three of the five shakers in our buying guide are Boston shakers. These are preferred by professional bartenders because of their simplicity, the amount of control they afford, and their fast performance. The other models we include are new takes on the classic cobbler. They are excellent for beginners who are just getting the hang of making mixed drinks.

Our picks for the best cocktail shakers are based on hours of research into reviews from first-time cocktail makers, amateur home mixologists, professional bartenders, and people of all levels in between. We picked our best cocktail shakers based on their ease of use, durability, security (do they leak?), and comfort.

Read on in the slides below to learn why the Top Shelf Bar Supply Stainless Steel Boston Shaker Set is our top pick and why you might also like the Cocktail Kingdom Koriko Weighted Shaking Tin Set, the OXO SteeL Press & Pour Insulated Cocktail Shaker, the Metrokane Bullet Cocktail Shaker, and the WMF Loft Boston Shaker.

 

 

 

 

How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the martini glasses by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your martini glasses wisely! Good luck!

So, TOP3 of martini glasses

 

 

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