A well-made Negroni is one of the best and simplest classic cocktails to make at home. This drink is delicious and packs a punch, but the cocktail is also an elegant tipple to sip. Serving it in the right glass garnished with an orange peel is the ultimate way to make your favorite drink perfect.
Typically, the cocktail comes in a Single Old Fashioned or Rocks glass. But you might also see it in a Double Old Fashioned glass. And while suitable glassware also plays a vital role, the ideal ratios and the right ingredients are crucial, too. If you want to know more beyond the best glasses or are up for experiments, here are some ideas regarding the ingredients for stirring your favorite drink:
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What glass do you serve a Negroni in?
The classic cocktail is typically served in Single, Double, or specialized Old Fashioned glasses. The vessel should be large enough to comfortably hold the drink, plus a large ice cube. For the standard recipe of 1 oz of gin, 1 oz Campari, and 1 oz sweet vermouth, a standard Old Fashioned glass should do. When using higher amounts, opt for a larger one.
To help you choose the perfect cocktail glass for the job, we gathered the best options varying in style, size, and price.
1. Rocks Glass by Riedel
- Produced by: Riedel
- Price: $20 per piece
- Capacity: 10 oz
This Rocks Glass from Riedel is part of the Bar series created with the aim of providing drink-specific glasses for major cocktail categories. It's a perfect choice and works perfectly for an Old Fashioned, too.
Bar managers everywhere quickly fell in love with the clean design, making this crystal Negroni glass one of the most common pieces in cocktail bars. The beautiful pair of sparkling lead free crystal glass is dishwasher safe and holds up to 10 ounces (283 ml) each. It's an ideal choice for serving your favorite Bourbon, too.
2. Remy Savage Lowball by Nude glass
- Produced by: Nude
- Price: $14 per piece
- Capacity: 8.75 oz
These glasses are sure to impress friends and visitors! Nude Glass is known for its minimalist design and clean lines. The Savage series was developed in cooperation with Remy Savage, a French-Irish bartender who has won numerous awards and now runs his own bar in London.
In this series, there are actually two pretty similar pieces of glassware that work great for a Negroni. One is the Lowball, and the other is the classic water glass. We prefer the latter, as the capacity is slightly smaller but still big enough to hold the cocktail comfortably. It also brings subtle elegant contemporary flair to your home bar cart.
3. Visky Negroni Glass
- Produced by: Visky
- Price: $11 per piece
- Capacity: 8 oz
If there is such a thing as a right Negroni glass, this product from Visky could be it. As the name suggests, these decorative accessories from the Viski collection were designed specifically for the famed Italian aperitivo cocktail and added sophistication to your drink.
The short, wide, and smooth glass holds 8 ounces of liquid and consists of lead-free crystal glass. The simplicity and modern look of the design make this glass stand out and one of our favorite choices when choosing a vessel for the red Aperitivo or similar lowball cocktails.
4. Hommage Glacé by Zwiesel 1872 Glas
- Produced by: Zwiesel Glas
- Price: $55 per piece
- Capacity: 8 oz
The Hommage Glacé crystal glass series from Zwiesel 1872 Glas is a premium line of glasses that are all handmade and of timeless minimalist style. Zwiesel designed the line together with famed bartender Charles Schumann, who operates one of Germany's most prominent cocktail bars, Schumann’s, in Munich.
The smaller one of the Whiskey version - Bar Premium No. 3 - is the perfect size for drinks like the Italian aperitif cocktail. It is an homage to vintage bar culture and, thus, an ideal glass for other classic drinks, too. However, the crystal Negroni glass set comes at a steep price of $110 per set of two.