My friends think I have a strange obsession with used clothes. Whenever we pass by a Goodwill or Salvation Army, I stop the car and run in. If it’s a store I haven’t been to before, I add it to my mental map of thrift stores in the area. But I don’t (usually) frequent these shops for their collections of faded shirts and that charming “funk” smell. I’m usually looking for cocktail glasses.
You see, after searching for some time, I found out that finding the right glassware for cocktails can be a real pain in the butt.
This about.com article lists the standard cocktails glass styles and sizes. They tend to toward the small (3-4 oz martini glass, 5-6 oz old-fashioned/rocks glass, 8 oz highball). Good cocktails are strong, so they usually come in small quantities, which better suit small glasses. Unforunately, most stores only carry larger sizes.
Places to buy glasses online
Depending on what your specific needs are, I have found a few places online where you can get all the glasses you need, though most of these options aren’t nearly as cheap as the local Goodwill.
- Libbey glasses, available in increments from 4 to 24. average cost: $6/glass (for a 4-pack)
- On Amazon, the only decent glasses I found that could be shipped in small amounts are the Schott Zwiesel series. The nice thing is these look like top-notch products and can be shipped prime. Available in packs of 6. Here are direct links to a highball, an 11 oz old-fashioned, and a 5.1-oz old-fashioned. average cost: $7/glass
Old-style coupe glasses have been the hardest to find online. Libbey does make them, but you have to buy them in bulk. I’ve found two options for smaller packs of glasses:
- The Boston Shaker sells brand new 5.5 oz Libbey coupes for $7.50/glass
- Replacements, LTD specializes in replacing broken glassware from sets. They have a huge selection of classic glassware. I picked up 6 Libbey embassy coupe glasses for about $4/glass, but since I last posted about glassware on egullet, it looks like that particular glass is sold out on the website. Try searching for “tall sherbet” and then run through some of the filters on the left side to find the glass you want. Glasses cost anywhere from $2 to quite a lot each.
Where do you buy your cocktail glassware?