One of the things I did love about Mr Lyan’s cookbook was the photography. More precisely, I loved the huge variety of glasses that make an appearance. I have a real thing for beautiful glass in any form. Even if you’re just serving water, there’s no excuse in my book for ugly glasses.
These are amongst the most beautiful I’ve seen around at the moment.
I have a bit of an addiction to champagne saucers. I absolutely love them. My favourite gift last year was four vintage coupes from Woolworth, in their original pack. Those were definitely a one-off, but if you’re looking for something with a vintage feel, then I think these come pretty close. They still do that mismatched vintage feel, with the hint of glamour that champagne saucers bring to any table.
I think the name cocktail glasses is a bit too generic these days given that different cocktails call for different glasses, but I love these. I’m a bit of a sucker for deco detailing and design, and these definitely tick that particular box. Perfect for martinis I would say.
Minimalist design has a place, and then sometimes so does over the top, maximalist. I think these definitely fall into that category. A useful size for wine of any colour, or possibly mulled wine. Maybe even egg nog. Come on, we’re in autumn, don’t tell me you’re not thinking of mulled wine?
I love these, both for their elegant shape, and the story behind the name. Who doesn’t love a six-part film series that saw Nick and Nora swig their way through a lot of cocktails? Apparently, we need to start with The Thin Man*. But get a box of these in first and do your own swigging as you watch. Making a reappearance at cocktail bars such as the Pegu Club in New York, there are gold, silver and plain versions available at Cocktail Kingdom. Chin chin.
I love my gin, and I rather love the move to the copa from a highball. I don’t think it’s just because you feel like you’re getting more gin and tonic. Could also be to do with not holding a cold glass, but just the stem. I like these from Dartington Crystal, good size and beautiful, clean, simple lines.
Lots of choices around, and I think dining has moved on from where everything needs to match. Or where we have space for lots of matching yet different types of glasses. I would just say go with glasses you love, for the drinks you love most. And chuck out the cheap stuff that you had as a student, or that came free with petrol. Or, in my case, miniature desserts.
What glasses do you love most? Other than full ones!
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