The Coupe Glass, Re-starting a Trend

Posted February 06 2013

The coupe glass, a glass first developed in 1663 and didn't become trendy until the 1930's. Heck, the coupe was designed before the word trendy was even used to be reference a trend (that information may be completely inaccurate but sounds great!). What I love about the coupe is its elegant design and sexy contours. One historical reference lays claim that the design was based on an aristocrate's breast but its initial design goes way back before any of the aristocrates said to lay claim to the "mold" were ever born.

The glassware looks like it belongs in a dusty closet of your long passed away great grandfather--something you pull out, dust off and pour some scotch and remember them, raising your glass high and giving old grandpa a big "cheers!" As it turns out, it's more of a post-prohibition champagne coupe that is noted in history, but as champagne has grown in design and aroma so has the design of glass--today we see champagne flutes on the market used for champagne more than the old coupe.

While the coupe may allow much of the aroma of a champagne to bubble off unnoticed, it fits well into current cocktail culture. First, it looks different than your typical martini glassware. Sometimes bucking an existing trend is the best way to go about your business. Secondly, it allows for plenty of surface area to appreciate the floral notes of many cocktails (especially those based on gin) with plenty of room for a garnish of cherries.

However you coupe, we suggest you take a look at both the short and stout Classy Coupe design, which I selected in our portfolio because of its simplicity and small capacity for spirit-driven cocktails with tons of flavors (that you probably only want in small doses). For those more juice-centric drinks, give the Colossal Coupe a try.