More Stable Martinis
"My Brit boyfriend and I are hooked on martinis and Gibsons. While a classic martini glass is fun, they're easy to tip over, which is so NOT fun. We found these little vintage punch cup gems at the nearby Salvation Army in Lafayette, Louisiana. They have been quite delightful for sipping refreshing libations on the porch (veranda) during a 70-degree wintery weather day."—Julia P.
Straight Out of the Jazz Age
"The cocktail glasses in the front are vintage Steuben martini/Manhattan, and the gold-rimmed glasses are from the 1920s or 1930s, Tiffin glass, and I use them for Manhattans or Cosmopolitans. I like to imagine George Gershwin or F. Scott Fitzgerald drinking from one of these!"—Teachertalk
"The tiny gold rimmed sherry glass is about 4 inches high and belonged to my paternal grandmother. I remember her sipping cream sherry from it when I was little. I guess my mom's family did martinis and my dad's family sipped sherry. Hmmm... Says something about me, I guess. The pressed glass coupe is from an old family friend and I would guess dates to the early 1900s. I have 4 of them, and I serve my daughter's favorite cocktail in it: 2 parts gin, one part St Germaine, one part grapefruit juice, one part lime juice and a splash of soda."—Kate K.
Flea Market Treasure
"These are my favorites, I found a set of four at the Alameda Antiques Show some years back. I love the flower base and the pineapple motif, pineapples being both a symbol of hospitality and Carnegie Mellon University, my alma mater. Not to mention a great tiki cocktail ingredient. Like most of these flea market finds it probably was originally intended for Champagne or sherbet, but it works well for spiritous cocktails in particular."—Kenneth B.
Too Many to Count
"I have too many favorite glasses to narrow it down to one. It all depends on the mood, the type of drink I want to make, and the like. The collection started humbly with 4 glasses and skyrocketed as I got further involved in the Cocktail Virgin blog. Many hours were spent scouring antique shops and Good Will-like stores to put this together. Eventually, it also took over half of a large book case after it filled the hutch. Punch bowls and Tiki mugs are stored elsewhere."—Fred Y.
Beautiful But Delicate
"I found these 1930s gold band juice glasses at an antique store in Maine. I use them mostly for digestifs, but I could imagine they'd be good for small batches of strong cocktails or punches, especially poured out of the small carafe. Here's the rub though: the gold leaf is ultra-delicate and can't be scrubbed with anything. Even the soft side of a sponge will strip the pattern."—Paul Y.
"Right after I finished Navy flight school, my wife gave me old fashioned glasses etched with the name of the two training squadrons I'd been in. Over the course of the next 23 years, as I reported to new commands, she would order a new glass from the same small shop in Pensacola, FL and update the collection. We have a few gaps now since not every move was damage-free but perhaps now that I am retired, and we are out of the moving-every-few-years business, we can make the collection whole again."—Mike H.
Thrifting in Australia
"I currently live in Grenoble, France, but I picked up these glasses in an Op Shop (charity store, like Goodwill) in Sydney, Australia for the bargain price of $1. I only found two, but I wish I had ten. We use them for serving Sidecars."—Amanda N.
Someone Else's Grandmother
"Got this nice set from a garage sale for $20. It was their grandmother's wedding set from the 1960s... that they didn't want anymore for some reason!"—Gabriel T.
"Here is a glass that's not very common, top Italian design, heavy conic stem and large coppa. I use it for margaritas, stingers, and sidecasr. It's like a sculpture."—Nicola A.
"Attached is a photo of my favorite vintage coupe glasses, the ones that make me swoon every time I use them. I'm so pleased to have a chance to show them off. I purchased them about a year ago on Etsy. They came as a set with six coupes and five matching footed dessert glasses. I hope you can see it in the photo, but they're iridescent, which is the thing that makes me love them best. I use them for martinis and the sheen of lemon oil from the twist over the top of the drink is gorgeous against the iridescence of the glass."—Kim B.
The Birth of a Collection
"This rocks glass was the start of what is now a very large collection—a set of them belonged to my grandparents. My grandfather would drink Manhattans from them, so that's what I did, too. That got me started down a whole interest in cocktails, barware, and cocktail culture."—Erin M.