It can be hard to match the experience of a cocktail served at a great bar. Beyond the moody lighting and buzzing atmosphere, the drinks just taste better. One of the secrets is in the glass – where the advantage is far more than just aesthetic.

Whether you’re mixing the cocktails yourself or buying pre-batched options, it’s worth having a decent collection of glassware on hand – as well as the drinks to test them with. Batch & Bottle is a new range of pre-batched, ready to pour premium cocktails that bring out the best of the world’s biggest spirit brands. With a range including a Glenfiddich Scotch Manhattan, Lazy Old Fashioned using Monkey Shoulder Whisky, a Rhubarb Cosmopolitan heroing Reyka Vodka, and a Hendrick’s Gin Martini created in partnership with Sydney’s own Maybe Sammy, all that’s left is to simply chill, pour, garnish and enjoy.

We spoke to Maybe Sammy bartender Paolo Maffietti about the best glassware for each kind of cocktail – and how knowing the difference makes for a better drink.

The biggest name in the cocktail game has a glass named for it, and there are a couple of reasons why they’ve become an inseparable pair. “Its form comes from the fact that the cocktails are traditionally served chilled and contain an aromatic element,” says Maffietti. “In the Martini glass, the stem allows the drinker to hold the glass without affecting the temperature … we’re not going to change the flavours and aroma of the drinks. [For] a good Martini, we want to drink it very, very cold.”

The glass’s inverted cone shape is important, too. “Because it has this wide bowl, it places the surface of the drink directly under the drinker’s nose,” Maffietti says. “You can get all the aromas, all the flavours of the drink.”

A coupette or Nick and Nora glass will do well for a Martini, too. Regardless of which you use, Maffietti recommends keeping temperature on your mind. Chill the glass right down and keep the serving to no more than four sips. “Otherwise, the temperature is going to change and all the aromas and flavours of gin or vodka, they’re going to change a lot and sometimes disappear.”

Old Fashioned
As with the Martini, the name of this cocktail should give you a clue to its ideal glass companion. Also known as a rocks or lowball glass, the Old Fashioned glass is squat and strong. “Typically, this type of glass has a wide brim and a thick base, so in that way you can, for example, smash fresh fruits or sugar on the bottom of the glass,” says Maffietti. The Old Fashioned cocktail is built in the glass, with sugar (and often some citrus peel) muddled on the bottom. Again, Maffietti recommends keeping an eye on the temperature. “With a huge ice cube you can enjoy your drinks for a long time while the ice keeps your cocktail diluted and cold.”

A Manhattan is a great candidate for a Martini glass, but Maffietti likes the size and shape of a Nick and Nora here. “The Nick and Nora glass is still in the Martini family, but they tend to be a bit smaller than the Martini or coupette,” says Maffietti. “Personally, I would love to use a Nick and Nora for a kind of pre-dinner Martini.” While cocktails in a Martini glass should be about four sips, Maffietti says for the Manhattan (and anything else in a Nick and Nora glass) about three sips is perfect.

The delicate shape – more like a sherry or small wine glass – and smaller size is ideal for cocktails in the Manhattan family. “It’s perfect for a cocktail like a Manhattan, a Rob Roy, or a Brooklyn, to highlight the delicate colours,” says Maffietti. “They still have the stem so you won’t affect the temperature as well.”

The Cosmopolitan and its family of cocktails can, as with the Manhattan, be served in a Martini glass. For Maffietti, though, the best vessel is the coupette. “The coupette or champagne cocktail glass, they’re still a stemmed glass for a Martini,” says Maffietti. “The coupette is usually used for shaken cocktails, like a Daisy-family cocktail, which are a sour – a Margarita, for example.” Traditionally used for champagne, the coupette has all the advantages of a Martini glass, but a little added style. Beyond the Cosmopolitan, think of the coupette for those strong, citrus-forward summer cocktails. “Any cocktail that has a spirits part, at least 40 or 50ml, a citrus part and a sweet part,” says Maffietti. “For a Cosmopolitan or a Margarita or Daiquiri, coupettes are the best.”

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