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Unusual and unique wine glasses - from a boozers perspective

Updated on August 16, 2013

A cocktail is not truly a cocktail until it's in the right glass

Unusual and unique wine glasses have always interested me as I tend to be a bit of a snob when offered a dry martini (3 olives please) in a plastic cup at a picnic. I mean, really, am I expected to put my pinkie into the air as I take in the aroma of a fine (shaken, not stirred) vodka martini while the rest of my hand holds a red cup?! Ha!

I'm in Key West, on a 6 week hiatus, and have had ample time to hone my skills at the proper use of a cocktail glass. I've looked through clear, and sometimes very bleary goggles, and can still manage to get my snob on. Now, you might be thinking, why is that a picture of wine in a plastic glass right there? Plastic is NEVER ok. But, dear friend, it is. At this particular point in the cocktail hour, the plastic wine glass was only a small player in a much bigger scene - a Key West sunset.

So, dear glass neophytes, come along with me and see some of the coolest cocktail glasses and bar ware on the market today. You can also rest assured that the prices on Amazon are approximately 1/2 what they are on Duval Street in Key West. But, the views are magnificent here!

As a bonus just for reading my silly article here, I'll throw in a few cocktail recipes you might like. Get your glass in hand and let's go! BTW: these unique wine glasses make a great Christmas or holiday gift! Hint, hint.

Lolita wine glasses

These wine glasses are not only stylish but they're also very entertaining. Mix them up with some of the Mikase wine glasses for your next wine and cheese party.

Making a dry martini

Very very dry

The best martinis, as James Bond would say, are always shaken and not stirred. Traditionally, martinis were made with gin and dry vermouth, but, in today's world, the vodka martini has sort of taken over.

You must start with the best vodka on the market - don't try any of that Gilbey's stuff! I prefer Grey Goose or Stolicinaya but Absolute or any other top shelf vodka will do. The dry vermouth brand doesn't really matter as it's not a big player in the perfect martini recipe.

Here's how to make a vodka martini that any connoisseur will belly right up to your bar for:

You will need:

4 ounce of good vodka

A splash of dry vermouth

Olives

Cocktail shaker and strainer

Crushed ice

A chilled martini glass (moisten with water and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes)

Wave the unopened vermouth bottle over the martini shaker for the driest martini ever. That's how I like my martinis but, for a real dry martini, add a splash of vermouth to the martini shaker and shake around. Now, toss out the vermouth. That's right - the driest martini uses just that teeny bit of vermouth.

Add in the vodka and ice and shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds until the outside of the martini shaker is frosty. Strain into your chilled martini glass, add 3 olives (not 2, not 4). Sit back and enjoy.

If you're an olive lover like I am...

...Don't missed these stuffed cocktail olives. I used to get large greek olives and stuff them myself with feta or blue cheese which my Mom liked. With her around, there was never a martini olive safe...

The below are some great options to have at your martini bar to offer your guests.

Mikasa Cheers cocktail glasses

I personally have a set of 16 of these Mikasa white wine, red wine, and martini glasses at my home. Well, actually, I'm down to about 3 white wine glasses but that's another story. Each of these unique cocktail glasses has a different pattern on it so it makes it very easy during parties to tell whose glass is whose - until you forget.

These Mikasa cocktail glasses are actually pretty sturdy and are dishwasher safe. Most of mine have lasted over 2 years now. It's also great that you can always buy replacements as each glass is different anyway.

Mikasa Cheers Balloon Wine Goblet, Set of 4

Mikasa Cheers Martini Glasses, Set of 4

Mikasa Cheers Double Old Fashioned Glasses, Set of 4

Mikasa Cheers Highball Glasses, Set of 4

Mikasa Cheers Ice Beverage glasses 18 1/2 oz set of 4

Mikasa Cheers Stemless Wine Glasses, Set of 4

unique wine glass
unique wine glass

The most delicious lemon drop martini you've ever had

And, it's served in plastic!

The picture is of my gorgeous boyfriend in Key West, enjoying a lemon drop martini in a plastic cup. Yes, you read that right. Sometimes, it's perfectly fine to drink vodka from plastic but there must be sand and sea around to complete the scene. This particular lemon drop martini was made at the White Tarpon in Key West by a bartender we've fallen in love with. She shook, and shook, and shook that thing until it was creamy, cold, and very frothy.

So, for your own information, here's how to make that scrumptious lemon drop martini:

You will need:

1 lemon

4-5 ounces of vodka

1 tsp simple syrup (simple sugar is just equal parts sugar and water heated until combined and then refrigerated.

sugar

Chilled martini glass

Crushed ice

Martini shaker

A pestle

Squeeze 1/4 of the lemon into a saucer. Add sugar to another saucer. Dip the rim of the chilled martini glass in the lemon juice and then the sugar and coat the entire rim of the cocktail glass. if you like, you can rim your martini glass with colored sugars to make the lemon drop martini more festive. Set the glass aside.

Cut lemon in quarters and add to the martini shaker (with no ice). Using the pestle, muddle the lemon until it's a mushy mess. That's right, you want to crush the heck out of it. What you're doing is releasing the essential oils in the skin and getting the juice out of the pulp. When you think you've muddled it enough, give it another 20 seconds.

Now, add in the crushed ice, simple sugar and vodka to the cocktail shaker (leave the lemon in there). Shake the heck out of it for at least 30 seconds. Keep shaking for the frothiest lemon drop martini ever.

Strain into the frosty glass. Garnish with a wedge of lemon or a piece of fresh mint.

Hand blown martini glasses

John gave me a set of these handblown martini glasses as a present and I've used them, not only to make the best cosmopolitans or martinis ever, but also to make delicious dessert shooters. They're great glasses, just don't put them in the dishwasher. Learned that lesson the hard way...

I'm always interested in my reader's comments, tipsy or not (the readers, not the comments). Please let me know if you liked this lens by leaving me a comment below. And, as always, happy tibbling.

Got a cocktail? - I'd love to hear your comments

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    • mariacarbonara profile image

      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      The lolita glasses are stunning. Will pick up some of those

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I must admit that I'm more of a wine drinker. Never really took to cocktails, but hubby is very particular about his martini.

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Ah I now know the reason why you write on cocktails as well as elder care. How unique we all are in our history and traditions. A happy mother's (lady's) day wish for you. Hope your day is absolutely positively marvelous.