Size Chart for Cocktail Glasses


A cocktail is a drink made by blending various ingredients such as syrups, flavorings, creamers, and spirits. The drink can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, depending on the ingredients used. Cocktail glasses come in many sizes, with each glass designed to hold a different amount of liquid.

Cocktail Glass Types and Sizes

Typically, a standard cocktail glass can hold up to 3 fluid ounces of the drink. Larger glasses are designed to hold between 6 and 12 fluid ounces, depending on the recipe used and the preference of the person making the drink.

To become a master at making cocktails, understanding the different types of glasses used to serve them is essential. Bars have countless types of glasses, ranging from tiny shot glasses to highball glasses designed for Long Island iced teas.

The following chart provides a list of the various types of cocktail glasses, their designs, and the amount of liquid they can hold:

Cocktail Size Chart

Cocktail GlassesVolume (fl. oz.)
Cocktail Glass3 to 12
Highball Glass12.3 to 14.1
Lowball Glass8.8 to 10.6
Collins Glass10 to 14
Martini Glass8
Rocks Glass6 to 8
Margarita Glass9
Copper Mug14 to 20
Punch Cup6
Julep Cup12 to 16
Grappa Glass3
Nick and Nora Glass7
Red Wine Glass12 to 14
White Wine Glass8
Champagne Flute6.1 to 10.1
Champagne Tulip Glass6.1 to 10.1
Champagne Saucer9
Glencairn Whiskey Glass6
Shot Glass1.5
Snifter6 to 8
Cognac Glass6 to 8
Cordial Glass1.5
Irish Coffee Mug10.2
Port and Sherry Glass6
Beer Glass16
Stein Glass16
Hurricane Glass20

As depicted in the above table, there is a diverse array of glasses at your disposal to blend and dispense spirits. Notwithstanding, a few of the glasses listed in the table are not commonly employed for cocktails, although it is possible to use them to serve mixed drinks if you wish.

Types of Cocktail Glasses and Their Uses

  • Cocktail Glass – a stemmed glass with an inverted bowl, typically used for straight-up cocktails.
  • Highball Glass – tall, narrow glasses used to serve drinks like 7 and 7s, Scotch and sodas, rum and Coke, and Long Island iced teas.
  • Lowball Glass – a shorter version of the highball glass used to serve drinks with herbs and other non-liquid ingredients.
  • Collins Glass – a taller and narrower version of the highball glass used for Tom Collins and John Collins cocktails, as well as Long Island iced teas.
  • Martini Glass – a sleek, elegant, stemmed glass used to serve martinis and other cocktails that need to be kept cool.
  • Rocks Glass – a short glass with slightly tapered walls used to serve sweet drinks in small quantities, as well as distilled spirits.
  • Margarita Glass – a popular type of stemmed cocktail glass used to serve margaritas with salt on the brim.
  • Copper Mug – a cocktail glass that is more akin to a thermos than other types of cocktail glasses.
  • Punch Cup – a rounded glass with wider walls than the base and brim, used to serve fruity drinks taken from a punch bowl.
  • Julep Cup – a glass similar to copper mugs in how their metallic bodies insulate cold beverages.
  • Grappa Glass – a wine glass made specifically for serving grappa.
  • Nick and Nora Glass – a stemmed glass with an inverted bell-shaped bowl used for serving shaken or stirred drinks.
  • Red Wine Glass – a stemmed glass with a wide bowl used for red wine and Sangria.
  • White Wine Glass – a narrower version of the red wine glass used to serve white wine and spritzers.
  • Champagne Flute – a stemmed glass with a narrow brim and walls used to preserve carbonation and enhance aesthetics.
  • Champagne Tulip Glass – a hybrid between white wine glasses and champagne flutes with a wider bowl and prominent curve.
  • Champagne Saucer – a stemmed glass with a wide inverted bell bowl for aeration and a short base for sipping syrups.
  • Glencairn Whiskey Glass – a relatively new invention with a unique tulip-shaped design that preserves aroma.
  • Shot Glass – a short, narrow glass used for serving straight liquid in a quick gulp.
  • Snifter – a glass used exclusively for bourbon, brandy, and whiskey with a sleek bell design.
  • Cognac Glass – a shorter variation of the snifter generally used by hard-liquor aficionados.
  • Cordial Glass – a taller version of the shot glass with a beautiful look and narrow brim.
  • Irish Coffee Mug – a semi-stemmed glass with a handle used exclusively for serving spiked hot beverages.
  • Port and Sherry Glass – a smaller version of a white wine glass used exclusively for serving and drinking fortified wine.
  • Beer Glass – a tapered glass with a wider brim than the base used for beer.
  • Stein Glass – a large beer mug with a handle, tall base, and thick walls used for beer.
  • Hurricane Glass – a tulip-style glass with a thick stem used for serving tropical cocktails in place of a highball glass.

Understanding the different types of cocktail glasses and their uses can enhance the aroma, flavor, and overall appeal of the drink. By using the appropriate glassware, you can elevate the drinking experience and impress your guests with your cocktail-making skills.