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The Kings Guide To Cocktails & S

The Kings Guide To Cocktails & Spirit Glassware

Martini Glass


There would be few people who could disagree with me if I suggested that the Martini was the most glamorous drink of them all. With a number of fans including James Bond, Ernest Hemingway and even Franklin D Roosevelt, the Martini undoubtedly holds the crown. When we consider the Martini, it’s important not to just think about the drinks wonderful ingredients, but also to the glass which it is served in.


The history of the Martini Glass is a little hazy, it wasn't until the 20th century that there was a distinction made between the cocktail glass and the martini glass. The rounded sides of the cocktail glass became conical, the walls of the glass also slid into a single point at the bowl's base. The stem grew longer, and the rim widened, giving the glass its distinctive shape.


Trivia: One popular story is that the wide rim of the glass came about during the years of US prohibition. The wide rim allowed those illegally drinking to quickly tip away their contraband tipple.


Kings & Queens Favourite: The Dartington Bar Excellence Martini Glasses. These glasses are simple, elegant and perfectly balanced, as a Martini should be. This product currently has 20% off at £34.40.

Dartington Bar Excellance Martini Glass

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Highball Glass

A highball glass is used to serve highball drinks, which normally consists of a spirit or liquor and a larger mixer such as tonic, soda or coke. The Highball is a tall, slender glass and can be identified by its straight sides and its weighted bottom, which aids stability. Popular cocktails served within the glass includes, Gin & Tonic, Long Island Ice Tea, Jack Daniels & Coke and Vodka Tonic.


Patrick Duffy of New York claims to have invented the design back in 1895, but the exact history remains uncertain. Many theories on the name of the glass reference the time of day that its contents are consumed, late in the day where the sun is high in the sky. Another theory bases the name on the glass being high, and the type of drink poured being a ‘ball’ of spirits.


Kings & Queens Favourite: The Villeroy & Boch Bernadotte Highball Tumbler. Whether used for water, juice or cocktails, this crystal glass tumbler will add elegance to any table. It’s also dishwasher & microwave safe. With 20% off, this highball crystal glass comes in at £18.80.

Villeroy & Boch Bernadotte Highball

All about Gin

Lowball Glass

Short, squat tumblers are commonly known as ‘rocks’ ‘lowball’ and ‘old-fashioned’ These Low ball glasses are perfectly designed for holding ice and a low volume of spirits, the glasses typically contain between 4-10 fluid ounces. Lowball glasses also have a wide brim and a thick base, so that non liquid ingredients of a cocktail can be mashed, before liquid ingredients are added. The history of these glasses, remains unknown.


Kings & Queens Favourite: The Villeroy & Boch American Bar Straight Double Tumbler. This lowball tumbler is perfect for American whiskies such as Bourbon and Rye. It can also be used for longer whisky cocktails.  It’s a timeless design, with 20% off, costing £19.60.


Villeroy & Boch American Bar Tumbler

All about Whisky

Shot Glass

The history of shot glasses is a little hazy (it’s no wonder why) Rumours & myths circulate, but what we do know is that throughout the 1800’s there were plenty of references to tiny glass receptacles used for holding liquor. Whilst shot glasses did exist, it wasn't until after the prohibition ended that shot glasses became popular and commercially available

A few of the myths, are too good not to share. The first takes us back to 1857 in the Wild West, when a barkeeper received his first barrel of whiskey, an angry member of the town shot a hole through it, draining the barrel. When the saloon was opened and some more whisky was sourced, the townsfolk would ask for ‘a shot of red eye’  Another story holds that shot glasses were first used for placing lead shots in at the dining table, as meat at the time often still contained lead shot. Whatever the history, it’s always enjoyable to speculate

Kings & Queens Favourite: The Waterford Giftology Lismore Diamond Shot Glass Pair. This giftology set of 2 shot glasses makes the perfect gift for any occasion. Now with 20% off at £40.00.


Waterford Giftology Shot Glasses

All about Shots

Brandy Glass

The brandy glass, or ‘brandy snifter’ as it is also known has a round base, a short stem and a balloon shaped bowl, which narrows towards the top to provide both a luxurious and interactive drinking experience.


How does it work? The wide bottom of the glass allows the release of the brandy’s aromas, whilst the narrow mouth of the glass helps retain the aromas in the glass, so they can be enjoyed and savoured by the drinker.The large bowl of the glass lends itself to being cupped in the hands, which also aids in bringing the brandy up to optimum temperature. To maximise the experience, a brandy glass should only ever be a third filled. Enthusiasts of brandy snifters unsurprisingly include names such as James Bond & Winston Churchill.

Kings & Queens Favourite: Arthur Price of England Inspirations Brandy Warmer & Glass. A handmade silver plated brandy warmer and glass in a stunning contemporary design. Presented in a gift box, this product now comes with 20% off at £63.20.

Arthur Price Brandy Warmer

Making Brandy Cocktails

Final Thought