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How to Hold a Martini Glass Like a Pro

How to Hold a Martini Glass Like a Pro

If you’re a cocktail lover, you know that presentation is everything. Serving a beautifully crafted cocktail in a stylish and elegant manner is crucial, and it all starts with the glassware. Iconic glassware such as the martini glass is perfect for everything from classic gin martinis to fruity cocktails. But do you know the right way to hold a martini glass? In this blog post, we’ll explore the proper way to hold a martini glass to ensure you look like a pro at your next cocktail party.

One of the main reasons why martini glasses have a stem is to keep your hands from warming the drink. The stem lets you hold the glass without touching the bowl, keeping the drink at the desired temperature. This is especially important for cocktails like martinis, which are typically served chilled and are best enjoyed that way! Therefore, always grip the stem with your fingers when holding a martini glass, preventing your hands from touching the bowl and keeping the drink at the perfect temperature. This way, you’ll also avoid leaving unsightly fingerprints on the glass.

Pictured: Espresso Martini

The angle at which you hold a martini glass is equally important. Tilt the bowl slightly downward, with the rim facing up to prevent spills and keep the drink in the glass as you move around. The angle helps showcase the color and clarity of the drink, making it even more visually appealing. So, whether you’re serving a traditional martini or a delicious Sidecar, make sure the bowl is tilted at the right angle to show off your drink in the best light.

Keep in mind: your thumb plays an important role in holding your martini glass properly. Place your thumb on the stem, just below the bowl, to provide extra support and stability. This will help prevent the glass from slipping out of your hand, especially if you’re holding it for a while. Sure, holding a martini glass correctly may seem like a small detail, but it can make a big difference in the overall presentation of your drink. So take some time to practice holding the glass correctly and soon it’ll be a habit and you’ll be holding your martini glass like a pro, impressing your guests with your mixology skills and cocktail knowledge.

In summary, holding a martini glass correctly is an essential aspect of serving cocktails. By following these tips, you’ll be able to showcase your drinks in the best possible light and ensure that your guests have an enjoyable and memorable experience. The next time you’re mixing up some cocktails, remember to hold your martini glass like a pro!


Author Meet Kelly Sparks, the creative mastermind and cocktail influencer behind @QueenBeeMixology. While mixology may not be her day job, it is her passion. As the Founder and CEO of VMG Studios, a successful and award-winning creative agency and video production studio, Kelly brings her expertise in creativity to the world of cocktails. As a self-taught and dedicated do-it-yourselfer, Kelly makes the journey to amazing cocktails accessible to everyone. And when she’s not hard at work, you can find her sipping a delicious drink with her husband.

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