Best Coupe Glass Cocktails

by RJ Peristere

The coupe glass is synonymous with the craft cocktail movement. The piece of glassware...rumored to be shaped after Marie Antoinette's breast... is a must own for any high end bar or home bar. The beauty is in the simplicity.

Now that own the coupe glass, what cocktails should you make? We advise you stick to the classic cocktail or even an updated modern classic. We compiled a list of our three favorite.

  • The Manhattan

  • The Boulevardier

  • Espresso Martini

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Cocktails Served in a Coupe Glass

The Manhattan

Gone are the days where the Manhattan was limited to a smokey gentleman's club. The Manhattan has grown up and become a true bar room favorite.

This exquisite cocktail aims to find the perfect equilibrium between spice and sweet. Our version combines both Bourbon and Rye to delicately find that perfect middle. We prefer a Manhattan served UP.

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Ingredients :

  • 2 Ounces Rye Whiskey

  • 2 Ounces Bourbon

  • 2 Ounces Red Vermouth

  • 5 Bitters, 2 Angostura + 3 Orange

  • Maraschino Cherry

Directions :

  • In a large shaker combine the Rye Whiskey, Bourbon and Red Vermouth

  • Dash 2 Angostura Bitters + 3 Orange Bitters

  • Shake well and serve in a Martini glass

  • Add cherry for garnish

The Boulevardier

Popularly known as the "French Negroni" this fantastic cocktail derives its name from the magazine The Boulevardier or for someone who likes to stroll along the Boulevards. If you love a good walk and great cocktail, then this is for you.

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Ingredients :

  • 2 Ounces Rye Whiskey

  • 1 Ounce Sweet Vermouth

  • 1 Ounce Campari

  • Orange Twist for Garnish

Directions :

  • Combine the Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth and Campari into a mixing glass

  • Add Ice and Stir

  • Strain into a chilled glass

The Espresso Martini

While the true martini glass was created to help the patron drink it a bit faster, hence the wide mouth for easy pouring, the coupe glass was the original martini glass. There is no shame in taking a modern classic and introducing it to the classic coupe cocktail glass. The espresso martini has taken the modern bar by storm...and for good reason. It's delicious. It also looks beautiful in the traditional coupe glass.

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  • 1/2 Ounce of Blue Mountain Caribbean Coffee coffee liqueur (Or Kahlua)

  • 1/2 Ounce of simple syrup

  • 1 Ounce of Espresso

  • 2 Ounces Vodka

  • Coffee or Espresso Beans (Garnish)


  • Fill a Cocktail shaker with ice cubes and all the ingredients

  • Shake Vigorously with ice cubes

  • Pour with strainer into Martini glass 

  • Garnish with Espresso beans

What Cocktails Go in a Coupe Glass?

Now that we've given you examples of what types of cocktails should go in your coupe glasses, we can give you a more general idea of what to put inn your cocktail coupe glasses. First, we recommend if you're going to use coupe glasses that choose cocktails served UP. When a cocktail is served UP, it means served without an ice cube or ice cubes.

Generally speaking, darker cocktails tend to look better in coupe glasses. Sparkling cocktails or sparkling wine also look great in either a modern coupe glass or in vintage coupe glasses. The best coupe glasses have a long stem with a wide bowl at the top.

Champagne glass, coupe glass

Why is it Called a Coupe Glass?

So why is it called a coupe glass? Because of the car?? We don't think so. The Champagne Coupe has rounded edges to keep the liquid inside while you cheers another patron. The glass was designed with a longer stem in order to prevent your hand from warming up the cocktail. The glass is designed to be served for cocktails up or a drink without ice.

The shape behind the coupe glass is up to much debate as well. The French say it was designed with Marie Antionette's breast in mind or perhaps modeled after the ancient greek ceramic bowl.

Vintage Coupe Glass

Is a Coupe Glass a Martini Glass?

Yes it is! Similar to "is a square a rectangle?" all coupe glasses are martini glasses but not vice versa. The more modern v shaped martini glass was an evolution of the originally designed coupe glass. Cocktails and drinks served in v shaped martini glasses and coupe glasses are meant to be enjoyed quickly as there is no ice to keep them cool.

V Shaped Martini Glass

 If you're looking for the best cocktail mixing glass or mixing glass for cocktails then refer to the link. We breakdown the best possible options for your selection.

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