Gin&Tonic has been a trending Highball cocktail for the past couple of years, and it is also a perfect cocktail for summer days. And when the popularity of Gin and Gin&Tonic grew, the selection of glasses also got bigger and bigger. People often ask me what the best glass for a Gin and Tonic is. And indeed, I do have a preference. But there are multiple options that all work great, and I want to introduce them to you.
I’ll talk about the pros and cons of each type – including my preferred choice of G&T glass. And there is also a glass you should get for a new experience of tasting gin and tonics.
Does a Glass Make a Difference For a Gin and Tonic?
The short answer is, yes, it makes a difference. The choice of your gin and tonic glass defines how you drink it. The size of the opening has an impact on how you can smell the ingredients and botanicals. And a glass with a bigger volume gives you more space for ice and botanicals.
Different Types of Gin and Tonic Glasses
There are four different kinds of glasses to serve a Gin & Tonic. The Highball glass, Long drink glass, Rocks glass, and the Copa. But I also have a special glass to talk about. Let’s start with the best Gin and Tonic glasses.
As Gin Tonic is a classic highball drink, so the highball glass is a natural choice. And it is truly a great fit for a classic G&T. The slim and tall shape is still a popular choice in many bars around the globe to serve a Gin and Tonic.
The Highball glass offers a relatively small volume. Especially when you add ice, the drink size gets pretty small. Nonetheless, it has its benefits. If you can’t stop yourself from constantly keeping your hand on it, the shape ensures your drink will be cold and fresh until you finished it. Garnishing and botanicals are possible with this glass but are usually puristic. A slice of lime, lemon, or cucumber – that’s it.
Long Drink Glass
The shape of a long drink glass is quite similar to a Highball glass. However, it is larger in all aspects. It has a wider opening, is taller, and gives a lot more space and volume. Plus, adding garnishes and botanicals to a G&T in a long drink glass is a lot easier than with a highball glass. Due to the wide opening, you can smell some scents of the added botanicals.
A few years ago, heavy crystal long drink glasses trended and made them the number one favorite glass for a Gin and Tonic. Naturally, I, too, carry some of them in my selection of cocktail glasses to serve Gin Tonics in them. They’re robust, elegant, and have a decent size.
Voile, that beauty is my personal favorite of glass. The Copa, or Copa de Balon in Spanish, is a more modern Gin and Tonic glass. It first popped up in Spain. But you can see it not only all over Spain but also in Portugal.
The Copa glass offers much volume and space, which allows you to add lots of ice and botanicals. With its large opening and distinct shape, you can smell the Gin Tonic and the botanicals with every sip. Besides enjoying the refreshing taste of your drink, you can also savor its vibrant fragrance. And you have so many options to create extravagant garnishes for a top-notch visual effect.
And that’s not all. You can add plenty of large ice cubes that keep your drink chilled for a long time. That gets supported by the fact that you hold the glass at its stem. So you’re not warming up your Gin & Tonic glass while sipping.
Old Fashioned or Rocks Glass
The Old Fashioned or Rocks glass is another good option. Some of my friends always serve their G&Ts in a rocks glass and never go with anything else. -Which, funny enough, often feels a bit strange to me. Don’t get me wrong. They work perfectly well to serve a Gin Tonic. But the low volume combined with a wide opening makes for a completely different experience.
That doesn’t have to be bad at all, but I definitely prefer a Copa or Longdrink glass as my vessel of choice for a Gin and Tonic.
A Special Mention – The Gin and Tonic Tasting Glass
The glass factory Eisch has created a special Gin and Tonic tasting glass. It’s designed to be the perfect vessel to taste gin purely. And it’s also perfect for drinking a Gin and tonic. Here’s how it works.
The mouthblown lower part is a small Copa shape. This bowl offers room so the gin can unfold its aroma. Then the chimney is getting a bit wider from bottom to top. That way, you can smell the different flavors and aromas perfectly.
The wider opening also lets you add a couple of ice cubes before you pour tonic water. The glass is made to offer a different taste with every sip you take. The trick is to add tonic water gradually. Like that, you create a new balance between spirit and mixer with every sip until you reach your perfect proportions. A fascinating approach to a Gin and Tonic glass.
The Best Gin and Tonic Glass
The Gin and Tonic tasting glass obviously is great for tastings. But for serving some delicious Gin and Tonics, I would recommend getting some Copa glasses as well as long drink glasses. They work excellent with a Gin and Tonic and can be used for many other drinks as well.
As you know, in my personal opinion, the Copa is the best Gin and Tonic glass. It’s elegant, can carry lots of ice, offers room for garnish and botanicals, and it simply screams Summertime G&T. But everyone is different. Therefore, I handpicked glasses I do recommend in every style for you.
Gin and Tonic Glass recommendations
Copa de Balon Glass by Schott Zwiesel
That is my personal favorite and most used glass for serving Gin and Tonics. Top-quality made in Germany. Schott also patented the Tritan Glass material. That makes glass even shinier and easier to clean. So even though their Copa glasses are super thin and huge, you can put them into your dishwasher without a worry. I’ve done it a hundred times, and it works perfectly.
The glass is big and has an extra-wide opening that lets you smell all those amazing fragrances while you sip your ice-cold Gin and Tonic.
Gin Tonic Balloon by KROSNO
A smaller Copa glass that is still quite elegant. A bit easier to handle but also offers less space to add ice and garnishes. It’s a good choice for all those who prefer a smaller beverage size but still want to serve their G&T in a Copa glass.
Scuplture Long Drink Glass by Nachtmann
The Nachtmann Long Drink glasses are awesome. Created of high-quality and heavy crystal glass, they are made to last a lifetime. In fact, you can get them in many different styles, not only the “Scuplture”. If you don’t like the look of the Scuplture glasses, check out the Nachtmann Noblesse line.
Italian Highball Glasses by Paksh
These Highball glasses are as classic as it gets. Clean and elegant without any bells and whistles. If you’re after some classy Highball glasses, then those are a great fit. They’re also great value for money.
Rocks Glass by Riedel
I’m not the biggest fan of using a Rocks glass to serve Gin and Tonic. But still, many are. So if you’re one of them, those rocks glasses by Riedel are quite something. They offer the highest quality and great design. They feel right as soon as you get your hands on them. And if you’re in the mood for a Negroni, they will do the trick with G&T as well.