Craft cocktails are obviously super popular, whether you’re drinking at home or at a bar. While most people may be familiar with using a shaker to make cocktails, a cocktail mixing glass is another essential tool that every home bartender should have in their arsenal.
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What are Cocktail Mixing Glasses?

A cocktail mixing glass is a piece of barware that is typically made of glass or crystal and used for mixing cocktails that are spirit-forward, such as a Martini, Old Fashioned, or Manhattan. It’s a versatile tool that can be used to make a wide variety of cocktails, including classic and modern ones.
The components of a cocktail mixing glass include the body, the base, and the lip– all in one piece. The materials used to make the mixing glass can vary, with glass being the most common material. The capacity of the mixing glass can also vary, ranging from 8 to 24 ounces.
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Types of Cocktail Mixing Glasses

There are several types of cocktail mixing glasses available on the market, each with its unique features and benefits. The type of cocktail mixing glass you choose can impact the taste, texture, and overall experience of your cocktail. The most common types of cocktail mixing glasses are:
  • Seamless Mixing Glasses – This mixing glass is the most common type of cocktail mixing glass. As the name suggests, it has a smooth, seamless design that makes them easy to clean and use– without easy breakage! Our mixing glasses are designed to be seamless for this reason.
  • Crystal Mixing Glasses – Delicate and beautiful, a crystal mixing glass looks gorgeous on any bar. However, this material isn’t as durable as tempered glass and can break much more easily. It’s also more expensive than glass.
  • Diamond Cut Mixing Glasses – These mixing glasses have a diamond pattern etched into the surface, which might provide a better grip but definitely makes the glass look super pretty. Diamond-cut mixing glasses are a great choice for those looking to add a touch of elegance to their home bar tools setup.
The type of cocktail mixing glass you choose largely depends on personal preference and how many cocktails you’re making at once. Whether you prefer a seamless mixing glass for its durability or a patterned glass for its aesthetic, the perfect cocktail mixing glass is out there for you.
So, go ahead and explore the different types of cocktail mixing glasses available on the market and find the one that suits your needs and style!
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How to Use a Cocktail Mixing Glass

Using a cocktail mixing glass is an essential skill for any home bartender. Here are the steps to follow:
  1. Prepare the ingredients for your cocktail and measure them out using a jigger or measuring cup.
  2. Add ice to the mixing glass, filling it about two-thirds of the way full.
  3. Pour the ingredients into the mixing glass.
  4. Using a mixing spoon, stir the cocktail for about 20-30 seconds, making sure to scrape the sides of the mixing glass to incorporate all the ingredients.
  5. Once the cocktail is properly stirred, use a Hawthorne strainer or a Julep strainer to strain the cocktail into a chilled glass.
  6. Garnish the cocktail with your choice of garnish, such as a fruit skewer, a twist of citrus, or a sprig of fresh herbs.
  7. Serve and enjoy your perfectly mixed and chilled cocktail.
Using a cocktail mixing glass may seem intimidating at first, but with practice, you’ll soon become a pro. It’s really quite easy, actually. Remember to use enough ice, choose the right mixing spoon, and stir the cocktail for the right amount of time.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can experiment with different ingredients and techniques to create your own signature stirred cocktails.
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Tips and Techniques for Making Perfect Cocktails

  • Using The Right Amount Of Ice – The amount of ice you use in a cocktail mixing glass can impact the taste, dilution, and consistency of your drink. Use enough ice to fill the mixing glass about two-thirds of the way full.
  • Choosing The Right Mixing Spoon – There are different types of mixing spoons available, including the classic bar spoon and a spiral mixing spoon. Choose the one that feels most comfortable in your hand and allows you to stir the cocktail easily.
  • Stirring Technique – When stirring a cocktail, it’s essential to move the spoon in a circular motion while keeping it in contact with the sides of the mixing glass.
  • Straining Technique – When straining a cocktail, make sure to hold the julep strainer firmly against the lip of the mixing glass to prevent any ice or small particles from getting into the drink.


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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Cocktail Mixing Glass

  • Overfilling The Mixing Glass – Overfilling the mixing glass can make it difficult to stir the cocktail properly, and it may also result in spillage when straining/pouring.
  • Using The Wrong Type Of Ice – The type of ice you use can impact the taste and consistency of the cocktail. Use ice that is clear and free of impurities.
  • Over-Stirring Or Under-Stirring – Over-stirring a cocktail can cause it to become too watered down, while under-stirring can result in an unevenly mixed drink. It’s essential to stir the cocktail for the right amount of time (typically 15-20 seconds) to achieve the desired taste and balance.
  • Using a Dirty Or Smudged Mixing Glass – A dirty or smudged mixing glass can affect the final cocktail– and the presentation of your mixing. Always make sure to clean the mixing glass thoroughly before and after each use.


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A cocktail mixing glass is an essential tool for any home bartender looking to take their cocktail game to the next level; you’ll use it for cocktails that have ingredients of the same density (usually all or mostly spirits), such as the Negroni.
The best cocktail mixing glasses are those that are comfortable to hold, easy to use, and made of high-quality materials that won’t break easily. When selecting a cocktail mixing glass, consider factors such as the capacity, the design, and the materials used.
Soon, you’ll be able to make the perfect cocktails every time and have the best barware experience, impressing your guests and elevating your home bartending skills. So, don’t wait– Get yourself the best bar tools and the best cocktail mixing glass, and start stirring up some delicious cocktails today!

About Melanie Tornroth

A former English teacher, Melanie optimistically embraces the struggle that is work-from-home parenthood as the in-house writer for A Bar Above. When not responding to “Mom” and writing articles for ABA, she also runs Goodnickels Photography, loves to cuddle her cats, and is perfecting the art of keeping her pandemic “fermentation babies” alive.