Drinks, some of us avoid them during the weekdays, some of us reward ourselves with a little treat after a long day working. But how many of us know how to mix a perfect cosmo?
How many of us have the skills required to mix a delicious Manhattan or to impress their guests with a perfectly-balanced Martini? Well, throughout this roundup, we’re going to be taking a look and mixing glasses and determine which one earn the best cocktail mixing glass title.
That being said, we’re going to be determining which one is best by how much value do they bring, how good their design is, if they have extra accessories and come as a package and if they really deliver as advertised. Stick around to find out which glass is going to bring more color to your parties and help you take the edge off after a stressful day at the office.
First on our list is the Hiware Mixing Glass—a beautifully designed product that is manufactured by Hiware, a company that’s experienced in producing glass recipients and kitchenware products, so their experience in the industry does reflect on the quality of this particular mixing glass.
It measures 24 ounces, so it’s ideal for mixing drinks for you and your friends, relatives and close family. Made out of clear, lead-free glass, it has a very appealing design and will fit into most decors.
Cool design aside, it’s very useful for mixing drinks. It’s deep, and it can fit a strainer, for cocktails that contain herbs and other aromatic ingredients.
The glass has a spout, resembling a beak, for making pouring drinks easier. This will also work great with a strainer, as it’s not big enough to leak condiments and herbs out.
Very thick and heavy, it’s going to have a very nice feel while mixing, and it makes it a bit more durable too, in case you accidentally drop it, increasing its chances of “survival.”
The glass comes bundled with a mixing, spiraled spoon that fits well with the spirals carved in the glass. The spoon is great because it’s long enough to reach the bottom of the glass, measuring around 12 inches, something that a standard spoon would have trouble doing.
All in all, it’s a good glass. The heaviness and slightly darker tint of the glass make it feel premium, while the spoon is a very useful tool to have.
To be honest, there’s not much to say about this particular glass. Japanese design by Kotai, a company that’s manufacturing various kitchenware products, whose portfolio includes Boston Shakers, chef knives, cocktail shakers, jiggers and more.
So, what’s so special about the Kotai mixing glass, one might ask themselves. Well, to put it plainly, nothing—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
After a first look, you’ll see that it’s very similar to the previously-covered mixing glass, minus the spoon, which you would have to buy separately. That being said, the build is still pretty solid—weighing a solid 1.7 pounds, the glass walls are pretty thick and sturdy, plus the weight adds a nice feel.
Works with standard strainers, but it’s too deep for normal spoons, so make sure that you either own a mixing spoon or you buy one. Other than that, a pretty basic product for pretty basic needs.
The last, but definitely not the least, item on our best cocktail mixing glass list is the Professional Yarai Mixing Glass, 17 ounces, made by Trendy Bartender. The people at Trendy Bartender know a thing or two about how to design a nice bartending kit, which they have.
The Professional Yarai Mixing Glass kit contains:
This mixing kit is ideal for people who are looking for value shopping. The kit has everything a bartender would need, except for a mixing spoon (which is kind of a downer), but it’s still a great deal.
The glass is thick and has a very nice, classic crystal-glass design. Moreover, the two bottle pourers will make measuring much easier, because of the steady yet low flow they offer.
The strainer is a Hawthorne type strainer, great for glasses with beaks, as the ingredients (spices and herbs) won’t leak through the glass beak, contaminating and affecting the drink’s quality and appearance.
The jigger is larger than what you’d normally get, which is actually pretty good since most spirit cocktails require more than two one oz of alcohol. Additionally, it matches and blends in with the strainer and bottle pourers, so they’ll all fit right into your bar or kitchen.
Weighing almost two pounds (1.9), the glass itself is very sturdy and tough. The extra weight will make it feel right in your hand, and the carved models offer users a proper grip.
I think everyone can see this coming, but the clear winner of our roundup is the Professional Yarai Mixing Glass kit, and we’ll tell you why. The value that you get when purchasing this is unmatched by the other two products.
Sure, if you already have most of the accessories, then it would make sense just to purchase a separate mixing glass, but if you’re just starting to set up your bar, then go for the kit—you won’t regret it.