The everlasting appeal of a martini is undeniable, and there are plenty of disputable traditions (even bona fide “rules”) on how to craft the perfect concoction. To cover the basics—just in case you’re new to the cocktail scene— martinis are composed of either gin or vodka and vermouth and are usually garnished with either an olive or two or a lemon twist. H. L. Mencken famously called the martini “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet,” which to me, couldn’t be a more accurate depiction of the iconic drink. While some mixologists, bartenders, and liquor connoisseurs are ardently opposed to serving the cocktail served shaken (despite James Bond’s preference “shaken, not stirred”), others are firm believers that garnishing a martini with anything other than olives (i.e. a lemon twist) is basically blasphemy.
Whether you take your martini with gin or vodka, straight or on the rocks, dirty, Vesper, or Gibson style (…and I could go on), there’s something remarkably chic about holding the perennial, canonical-shaped glass—even if you’re not a huge fan of the rugged “flavor” of the actual beverage. However you choose to order or make your martini is entirely up to you (I’m not judging—unless you order it shaken), it’s kind of universally accepted that drinking the classic, old-timey cocktail out of anything but their signature glass is a major no-no. Below, we’ve highlighted a few perfectly classic martini glasses to elevate your next cocktail night at home.
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