The 9 Best Cocktail Mixing Glasses, According to Expert Mixologists

Essential barware for drinks that are meant to be stirred — not shaken.

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 Best Cocktail Mixing Glasses

Food & Wine / Kristin Kempa

If you love a spirit-forward libation, a cocktail mixing glass can be your best friend. Instead of using a shaker — which creates a more diluted, often cloudy cocktail — stirring a drink gets it cold but preserves its clarity and keeps its alcohol volume higher. When not in use, the right mixing glass also looks incredibly stylish on a bar or cocktail cart.

Cocktail mixing glasses are typically made of glass or crystal, but can also be made of metal in a similar silhouette. They should be heavier on the bottom so they don’t tip over and should be easy to handle and clean. We interviewed expert mixologists to get their picks on the best cocktail mixing glasses, considering their construction, capacity, and overall performance before compiling our list.

Keep reading for our favorite expert-recommended cocktail mixing glasses, plus some tips and tricks from the pros for maxing stirred drinks at home.

Best Overall

Mofado 550 ml Crystal Cocktail Mixing Glass

Mofado 550 ml Crystal Cocktail Mixing Glass


Pros: It’s made of high-quality, lead-free crystal and has a solid, seamless construction. 

Cons: This glass is not dishwasher-safe.

This model by Mofado has all the elements of a great cocktail mixing glass. Made of ultra-clear, lead-free crystal, it has a thick, weighted bottom to keep it stable as you mix drinks. It also boasts a seamless design that makes it extra sturdy and unlikely to crack (unless, of course, it gets dropped). It holds up to 18.5 ounces of 550 milliliters of liquid and ice — that’s about one or two cocktails — and has an easy-to-use pour spout that ensures every last drop gets into your serving glass. 

Price at time of publish: $20

  • Material: Crystal
  • Capacity: 18.5 ounces 
  • Dishwasher-safe: No

Bartender's Pick

Cocktail Kingdom 500 mL Yarai Mixing Glass

Cocktail Kingdom 500 ml Yarai Mixing Glass


Pros: Classically styled like cut crystal, this mixing glass is sturdy enough to go in the dishwasher.

Cons: It may discolor or cloud over time, and need replacement every few years.

This Yarai mixing glass by Cocktail Kingdom was named by our expert mixologist, Anthony “The Professor” Baker, as his personal favorite. A classically-styled vessel with the look of cut crystal, it’s a popular choice among professionals. Constructed of glass, it holds up to 500 milliliters (around 19 ounces), which translates to one or two drinks. 

“This mixing glass is thick and very durable, and will last you a while so long as you don’t drop it or overheat it in the dishwasher,” says Baker. “But note, after a while discoloration will occur, so you will probably need to replace this mixing glass every three to four years.” 

Price at time of publish: $40

  • Material: Glass
  • Capacity: 19 ounces 
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Best Value

Crate & Barrel Hatch Mixing Glass

Hatch Mixing Glass

Crate & Barrel

Pros: This stylish mixing glass comes at a very wallet-friendly price and does a great job for recreational mixologists. It’s also dishwasher safe.

Cons: It’s smaller and lighter than those used in professional settings. 

This super affordable mixing glass from Crate & Barrel is styled after classic cut crystal and is part of the brand’s Hatch bar collection. While this vessel is slightly smaller and lighter in weight than a standard mixing glass, it’s a great choice for someone who doesn’t have a lot of space or who doesn’t mind crafting one cocktail at a time. Unlike crystal versions of this glass, this model is dishwasher-safe and does a fantastic job for the price.

Price at time of publish: $10

  • Material: Glass
  • Capacity: Not specified
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Best Splurge

Riedel Drink Specific Glassware Mixing Glass

 Riedel Drink Specific Glassware Mixing Glass


Pros: This cocktail mixing glass comes from a renowned glassware company and is also dishwasher-safe.

Made from crystal, this glass is relatively delicate.

Riedel is best known for their extensive line of varietal-specific stemware, so it’s not surprising that they also make other drink-specific glassware. This beautiful mixing glass is made from crystal but is sturdy enough to withstand being run through the dishwasher for easy cleaning. It holds almost 23 ounces, enough to create up to two drinks at the same time.

With a heavy-weighted bottom, it offers excellent stability and the diameter of the glass works well to securely hold a strainer across the top. For those who want a splurge-worthy piece meant to last, this cocktail mixing glass from Riedel is an impeccable choice.

 Price at time of publish: $75

  • Material: Crystal
  • Capacity: 22.9 ounces
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Best Set

Regal Trunk & Co Cocktail Mixing Set

 Regal Trunk & Co Cocktail Mixing Set


Pros: This set gives you all the essential tools you’ll need to make your favorite stirred drinks. 

Cons: Serious cocktail enthusiasts may want to invest in higher-quality glass.

Sometimes a ready-made kit is the most cost-effective way to start picking up essential barware pieces. This well-curated set from Regal and Co. includes a 580-milliliter crystal mixing glass with a weighted bottom, just large enough to make up to three drinks at once. The set also includes a Japanese-style jigger, Hawthorn strainer, bar spoon, and polishing cloth — all the tools you need to mix up a classic Negroni or Manhattan.

The mixing glass, strainer, jigger, and spoon are all dishwasher-safe but can also be easily washed by hand. Serious cocktail enthusiasts may prefer to upgrade to a professional-grade vessel instead, but for novices, it’s a great starter set.

Price at time of publish: $50

  • Material: Crystal
  • Capacity: 19.6 ounces
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Best Metal

Viski Stainless Steel Cocktail Mixing Tin

Viski Stainless Steel Pitcher


Pros: This super durable mixing glass won’t stain or crack if dropped.

Cons: It’s not weighted on the bottom, so it’s more likely to tip over.

Mixing glasses are typically made from crystal and glass, but if durability is a major concern, this mixing tin is a winning option. Made from stainless steel, its double-walled construction helps to keep drinks as cold as possible before serving. The high-shine exterior is modeled after the geometric design of cut glass crystal glassware, but it won’t crack or shatter if accidentally hit or dropped, making it a nice option for those who like to mix cocktails often.

It holds up to 550 milliliters — around two cocktails at once — and pours easily from the handy pouring spout. Best of all, the stainless walls won’t stain or discolor and it can be easily cleaned by running it through the dishwasher.

Price at time of publish: $37

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Capacity: 18.6 ounces
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Best Custom

Amehla Custom Cocktail Mixing Glass

 Amehla Custom Cocktail Mixing Glass


Pros: These handcrafted cocktail mixing glasses are very durable and dishwasher-safe. 

Cons: There’s only one style of mixing glass to choose from.

When standard cocktail mixing glasses just won’t cut it, you can create a custom laser-etched version thanks to the artisans at Amehla, based in Southern California. This glass is available in either 18 or 24 ounces sizes, and can be decorated to your specifications — Amehla also offers design consultations if you need help creating a logo or design. These vessels are hand blown, hammered, and cut individually, and feature thick bottoms and seamless construction. These pieces are wonderfully durable and dishwasher-safe for hassle-free cleanup. 

Price at time of publish: $42

  • Material: Glass
  • Capacity: 18 ounces 
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Best Decorative

Viski Gatsby Vintage Cocktail Mixing Glass

 Viski Gatsby Vintage Cocktail Mixing Glass


Pros: Elegant and stylish, this roomy mixing glass holds up to 42 ounces. 

Cons: It’s delicate and should only be washed by hand.

Bring a little touch of glamour to cocktail hour with this ultra-elegant, Great Gatsby-themed mixing glass. The delicate fluted glass sits atop a polished gold base, showing off an unmistakable Art Deco silhouette. This stylish mixing glass isn’t just for show — it holds up to 42 ounces, enough to make three to four cocktails at once. It’s lightweight for its size making it somewhat delicate, so you’ll want to handle it with care (it should be washed by hand). When it’s not in use, it will look beautiful sitting atop your bar cart.

Price at time of publish: $33

  • Material: Glass, gold-plated metal base
  • Capacity: 42 ounces
  • Dishwasher-safe: No

Best for Gifting

Match Italian Cocktail Mixing Glass

Match Italian Cocktail Mixing Glass

Neiman Marcus

Pros: This European crystal mixing glass combined with a handmade pewter base makes an elegant gift. 

Cons: Pewter can tarnish slowly over time if not properly handled and washed.

This mixing glass by Match is a gorgeous, gift-worthy investment piece that is part of a larger barware collection, all handmade in Italy. Designed to hold 24 ounces, it's enough to mix up to three cocktails at once, perfectly sized if you like to entertain. This heirloom quality glass is crafted from lead-free European crystal and pewter, adding a sophisticated luster to your bar or cocktail cart. To clean, simply wash the vessel by hand — pewter is much easier to maintain than silver since it tarnishes very slowly and requires only cleaning with warm water and mild dish soap. 

Price at time of publish: $176

  • Material: Crystal, pewter
  • Capacity: 24 ounces
  • Dishwasher-safe: No

Factors to Consider

Intended Use

When thinking about buying a cocktail mixing glass, consider how often you’ll be using it. In a high-volume situation — like a bar or party setting — you’ll want to be sure your chosen vessel is durable and large enough to handle multiple cocktails at once. For those who enjoy the occasional cocktail hour at home, you can get away with using more delicate or smaller-sized mixing glasses.  

Material and Construction

Most cocktail mixing glasses are made from glass or crystal, which — while beautiful on a bar cart — should be handled with care. These types of glasses should have a thicker bottom for stability and should ideally be seamless so there’s less of a chance of cracking. If durability is an issue, you can opt for a metal cocktail mixing tin instead. These can stand up to accidental drops and dings, while also chilling down drinks faster than glass versions.  


Whether or not your cocktail mixing glass is dishwasher-safe is a personal preference. Since they’re so simply designed, they’re pretty easy to wash by hand. But if being able to throw your glass into the dishwasher is important to you, you’ll want to ensure the manufacturer has declared it dishwasher-safe.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What cocktails do you need a mixing glass for?

    “I typically use a mixing glass for spirit-forward cocktails such as the Old-fashioned, Manhattan, the Negroni,” says Baker. “The idea is to stir the cocktail rather than shaking it which would cause the drink to be much more diluted than necessary due to its high ABV.”

  • Can I muddle ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass?

    “Yes, you may muddle into a mixing glass, with the sugar cube being the most commonly muddled item in them,” says Baker. But if your cocktail mixing glass is too tall or too unstable to comfortably muddle, you don’t have to. Baker notes that contemporary mixologists often turn to other options:  syrups, bitters, and infused spirits are more efficient ways of adding creative flavors to cocktails.

  • Can mixing glasses be used for hot liquids?

    In general, no — most mixing glasses are not tempered to handle hot liquids. “When mixologists are whipping up hot cocktails, such as the Hot Toddy or Irish Coffee, we mix directly into the glass that the patron will be drinking from, which is already tempered to handle such heat,” says Baker.

  • How do I best clean a cocktail mixing glass?

    Since mixing glasses tend to be pretty simple in design, it’s fairly easy to wash them by hand. Baker recommends avoiding the dishwasher as high temperatures during the wash or dry cycle could potentially damage the mixing glass. Of course, always consult the manufacturer’s care instructions.

Our Expertise

Bernadette Machard de Gramont is an LA-based freelance writer specializing in food, wine, and kitchen products. After a two-year stint at Williams Sonoma headquarters in San Francisco, she now researches and tests a variety of cookware, bakeware, and wine tools, and interviews field experts for their insight.

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