Arguably one of the most used kitchen items. Drinking glasses are a necessity in any household.
Whether it’s a highball tumbler or a wine glass there are so many different kinds of glasses to choose from that could you can give as a bachelor party gifts. That is what makes them such a great option.
We did not want to stick to just one kind of drinking glasses for this article. Our Top 5 choices features a different type of drinking glass.
Here we are highlighting our selections of the best groomsmen gift ideas for each type of beverage with some having an extra unique and special flare. We have chosen things that are not only great quality and will stand the test of time, but also really make a statement.
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A Review of the Best Drinking Glasses
Our Top Pick - The Glencairn Whisky Drinking Glasses
The Glencairn Whisky Glass makes the perfect choice for the whiskey lover in your life.
The special and expert design of this glass allows for the unique and distinct flavors of whiskey. Drinking whiskey from a Glencairn whiskey glass really allows you to appreciate the complexity of the drink in both taste and smell like never before.
This glass is by Raymond Davidson especially for whiskey. During his design process he consulted with the five largest whiskey companies across the world. To ensure that the glass would provide the perfect vessel for any whiskey. you can find this glass in distilleries all over the world including the United States, Ireland and Scotland.
So if it is good enough for the professionals it is definitely good enough for your home bar. These glasses really would make a statement in any home and make the perfect retirement gift. If you are looking to personalize these glasses you can do so.
They offer the option to laser engrave initials on the glasses which adds a lovely personal touch to these glasses.
- because of its shape - it concentrates the aromas in an optimal fashion
- extremely solid and won't easily break
- a customer review stated that a slightly thicker glass, especially at the bowl, would feel better in the hand
- it was smaller than expected for some customers
- the name tag on the tag may not be necessary
Martini Glasses – What to Look for in a Martini Glass
This iconic glass is a must for any home bar.
When searching for the perfect martini glass the overall appearance is a huge factor as Martini glasses have such a classic shape. A shape with a design to elevate the flavors of the drink inside. If the shape is not right, you will not be having the ultimate Martini experience.
However, the most important factor is no doubt the quality of the glasses. As the design of Martini glasses is so unique these glasses can also be very fragile and break easily.
Looking for crystal glasses, or one that stands the test of time, is a must when it comes to shopping for this kind of glass. Versatility is also another key factor to consider when selecting the perfect Martini glass.
While the shape must be in line with the traditional design, a slightly more modern take on the traditional can allow for a lot more versatility. The glass we have selected really gives you the best of both worlds with a unique Martini glass design but with a slight modern twist.
Our Top Pick - Pure 11.6 Ounce Martini Glass by Schott Zweisel
Schott Zweisel is a company based in a town in the Eastern Bavarian forest called Zweisel.
They have been making fine glassware and drinking glasses since 1872, so they really do know what they are doing. They use state-of-the-art technology in their glass production line and are one of the first companies to use a special technology to create automated glass blown stemware.
As this glass is not completely the traditional martini shape it can double up as the perfect vessel for other cocktails too. Why limit yourself to just one cocktail when you can have the perfect vessel for a number of excellent drinks?
This glass would be great for margaritas or even your favorite spirit on the rocks. Made of lead-free, strong and resilient crystal these are really, well made, high quality glasses which are also dishwasher safe for quick and convenient clean up. These glasses are also etch and cloud resistant meaning they will stay clear and shiny for years and years to come.
- non-lead material of titanium and zirconium oxide; resists breakage, chipping, scratching; thermal shock resistant; patented
- hard brilliant surface
- has a classy and crisp look
- a customer review stated that the side is very thin, the bottom is very thick, and they are heavy like glass
- slightly bigger than other brands
Highball & Tumblers – What to Look for in Highball & Tumbler Glasses
This is most likely the category of glasses that are going to get the most use in any household.
Highball glasses and tumblers are good for a variety of different beverages. You can serve everything from water, soft drinks, iced tea, juice and cocktails in this kind of glass. Therefore, making the right choice is critical.
When searching for the perfect highball glasses and tumblers the main things to consider are durability and size. Highball and Tumblers need to be sturdy and have a heavy base to decrease the risk of any spills or breakage.
It is also important that they are big enough to enjoy your favorite drink, without having to get up for too many refills.
Our Top Pick - Libbey Polaris Glassware Set
This 16 piece set will provide great cover for all occasions. Complete with eight 16.25 ounce highball glasses and eight 12.25 ounce tumblers this set is really great value for money.
With a heavy base that provides excellent stability to prevent any accidents or spills, these glasses really do look and feel the part. This set by Libbey is lead-free and made in the USA. Another added benefit of this glassware set is that it is dishwasher safe.
Something that is extremely useful considering this is most likely the kind of glass that will see a great deal of use. Being able to clean them in the dishwasher is a great time saver as opposed to carefully hand washing each glass individually.
With a sleek modern design these glasses will look the part in any home. Also, with 16 drinking glasses in one set and two different sizes, this set really does provide the perfect balance of style and practicality.
- versatile 16-piece drinkware set that's ideal for a wide range of cocktails — eight 16.25-ounce drinking glasses and eight 12.25-ounce rocks glasses.
- lead-free, durable and dishwasher-safe
- high quality. The glass is thick and they are bottom heavy, making them very stable.
- the lip on the taller glasses is thin.
- a customer review stated that it is rounded toward the bottom, so the flat base area is smaller than it would be on perfectly cylindrical glasses. This is fine for hard surfaces, but makes them much more unstable when set on carpet or sofa or anywhere else you probably shouldn't be setting your glasses.
Champagne Flutes – What to Look for in a Champagne Flute
Champagne is arguable one of the most elegant and luxurious alcoholic drinks out there. Something typically enjoyed at special occasions and when there is a need to celebrate. So having the perfect vessel for Champagne really helps to make the celebration all the more special.
You should consider a few things when selecting Champagne flutes. The unique shape of a Champagne flute has a design that not only elevates the flavors. It also encourage the flow of bubbles inside the drink.
So a glass with the right elongated tulip shape is essential.The quality of the glass is also highly important. The delicate shape of Champagne flutes makes them extra fragile so choosing glasses that are tough will help to extend the life of your flutes. Crystal makes a great choice for Champagne flutes as it is strong, clear and will make celebrations extra special by sparkling under the light.
Our Top Pick - Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige
Made from non-leaded crystal these glasses really do sparkle and shine under the light. The tulip shape of these flutes works well to preserve the bubbles and is a dream to drink from.
Riedel have designed this champagne glass to really highlight the unique bouquet of flavors within the champagne. This is through the elegant and unique shape which is not only practical but also provides a stunning appearance.
These glasses are a necessity to any home bar in order to make the perfect toast at any special occasion. The Vinum Cuvee Prestige are perfect for drinking and enjoying Prosecco, Champagne, Sparkling Wine and Franciacorta.
Made from delicate crystal and just under 22 cm tall these glasses has a design for easy care. All Riedel drinking glasses are dishwasher safe to help making cleaning up more convenient.
Their website does recommend a specific brand of dishwasher however. Be sure to visit the site for some great tips on how to best look after their glassware.
- etched bottom aids in generating bubbles; shape enhances bouquet
- a customer review stated that it is a bright crystal glassware, practical rather than 'showy' bowls and stem lengths and the relatively slim but comfortable rims make this 'just right' for everyday wine service
- packing for delivery purposes can be inadequate
Wine Glasses – What to Look for in a Wine Glass
Wine is a complex drink made up of many different fruits. All of which the winemaker aims to make prominent when you are enjoying a glass. In order to truly make the most of the wine you are drinking the shape of the drinking glasses is key.
A wine drinking glasses need to have a large, almost bowl like shape, in order to release the different elements within the drink. This is especially true for red wines, where a big glass exposes the bouquet of the wine to the palette.
Also important to consider when selecting wine glasses is the quality of the drinking glasses used to make them. A higher quality of glass or crystal is the best choice as it will not only elevate the drinking experience but extend the life of the glasses themselves.
Our Top Pick - Riedel Sommeliers Burgundy Grand Cru Wine Glass
These glasses are expertly designed to help elevate and release the individual notes of wine. So these really would be the perfect choice for the wine lover in your life.
The shape of these drinking glasses has been specially designed to help the palette decipher all of the different notes within a wine. The elegant shape is not only practical but also attractive making it the perfect addition to any home bar.
These drinking glasses are of crystal and are just under 25 cm tall. Whilst they are of delicate crystal they are conveniently dishwasher safe to allow for easy cleaning.
However RIEDEL recommend the safest dishwasher for their glassware is MIELE and that soft water will prevent any staining. They provide lots of great tips to help keep their drinking glasses in great condition on their website.
- the large bowl allows the bouquet to develop to the full, while the slightly flared top lip maximizes the fruit flavors by directing a precise flow onto the front palate
- delivered in a high-quality shipping container
- beautiful, elegant and leaves plenty of space for aerating the wine
- although this is dishwasher-safe, the glass is thin and quite fragile, so they must be handled with care when washing
What to Look for in Whiskey Drinking Glasses
When it comes to looking for the wedding anniversary gift, it can be really difficult to make the right choice.
Whiskey is good in such a vast variety of different glasses. However, in order to really appreciate the flavors and body of whiskey, a specialist glass is the best option.
While there are many great tumblers out there for whiskey, there are some different factors to consider when selecting the perfect glass.
If opting for a crystal based glass, a heavy based one can be the best option. Not only does it provide a stable base to help avoid any spills, a heavy crystal whiskey tumbler also helps to insulate the beverage and keep it colder for longer.
If you like to enjoy your whiskey on the rocks. As whiskey is typically such an expensive beverage, it is important to make sure you are getting the most out of it when enjoying a drink of your favorite blend.
It is such a complex spirit with many different notes and flavors, our top pick has been expertly designed to really help you appreciate each and every flavor in your favorite whiskey.
Drinking Glasses: Conclusion
The Bridal shower gift of drinking glasses is practical yet provides a great amount of room for personalization and expression. Depending on who you are shopping for, you can really tailor your choice depending on what that person enjoys to drink.
The gift of the perfect wine or whiskey drinking glasses will really help to elevate the flavors within the drinks. Making for a much more enjoyable drinking experience.
Having the right glass can really change the flavor of the drink inside. If you are really looking to make a statement with the gift of drinking glasses we would recommended gifting Champagne flutes. The ultimate celebration drink and what better way to celebrate than to share drinking glasses in your new flutes. Cheers!