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Novelty Glassware For Cocktails: Yay Or Nay?

Do funky glasses enhance the cocktail experience, or are they merely a gimmick?

Helan Singh

February 01, 2024


Let's talk about something that's been causing a stir in the cocktail world lately: novelty glassware. In case you have not come across one yet, we mean those quirky, sometimes plain bizarre containers that seem to be the rage on Instagram.


While some argue that these unconventional glasses add an element of fun, purists maintain they distract from the drink’s essence. A cocktail, after all, is supposed to be a delicate balance of flavours, and does the glass shape not influence this?


On one hand, novelty glassware can be a great conversation starter. For those who find themselves reaching for their phones too much, it is a visual treat that makes the experience more 'Instagrammable'.


But then, there are people who like to think of the functional (read: boring) side of things. These glasses can often be impractical, hard to store, hard to clean, and, apparently, even harder to sip from.


A classic cocktail like a Johnnie Walker Black Label Old Fashioned that commands attention and patience is often served best in traditional glassware that reflects its rich heritage. Yet, a playful mix like a Captain Morgan Spiced Rum Punch might find its glassware match in something more lifelike, something shaped like a bird.


For those who prefer their drinks spirit-free, novelty glassware can still bring the party. A vibrant mocktail in a quirky glass is a celebration in itself—all the flavours, none of the alcohol.


So what do we say about novelty glassware? Is it a cheer or a jeer? It's about the right time, the right drink, and what you're in the mood for. Basically, there is a time and place for everything, and we leave the ultimate decision to your wisdom.