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Best gin glasses: our favourite goblets, balloons and highballs for G&Ts and cocktails

Whether your preference is a highball, a balloon or a goblet, raise a glass to our pick of the best gin glasses to buy for the perfect G&T. 

By Alice Cruickshank | Last updated Apr 1, 2022

Best gin glasses

Picture this: it’s Saturday evening, you feel the urge to crack open your favourite gin. You search the cupboards for a nice glass, but are met with kids’ plastic tumblers and old smudgy highballs. Sure, you could use one to pour yourself a well-deserved G&T, but it’s not quite the same is it?

Buying a fancy gin glass might seem like an unnecessary indulgence, but the right glass can actually enhance the aromas and flavours of your favourite tipple. Cheers to that. 

Gin and tonic was traditionally served in a highball glass (preferably engraved crystal, thank you), but these days you might be more familiar with bars serving up a G&T in a balloon or a goblet-style glass.

And where better to garner recommendations relating to mother's ruin than the Mumsnet forums, where there are plenty of suggestions for glamorous glassware. 

Here are the best gin glasses to buy in 2022. 

1. Best overall gin glasses: John Lewis & Partners Sip Gin Cocktail Glass Set of Four

John Lewis gin glasses

Price: £28 (set of four) | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

"After being out last night and having quite a few gins they look really pretty in the balloon style glasses" - recommended by Mumsnet user, AnOrgyofBarminess 

It’s official: gin balloon glasses are the style of choice for a professional G&T, and this affordable set from John Lewis is perfect. These glasses hold a generous 720ml, which means you can fill your glass with plenty of ice and botanicals to enhance the flavour. They also benefit from the quality we know and love from John Lewis, with a brilliant clarity to the durable glass. These gin balloons come as a set of four, so they're ideal for when one inevitably gets knocked off the counter inviting your friends round for a gin tasting night. They are also dishwasher safe, so there's no need to faff around cleaning glasses at the end of the night. 

Key specs

  • Material: Crystalline glass
  • Capacity: 720ml
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes

2. Best budget gin glasses: Matalan Chunky Stem Gin Glass

Matalan gin glasses

Price: £5 (per glass) | Buy now from Matalan

"I got several packs of gin glasses from Matalan for a girls' gin night in our garden over the summer. They are lovely quality and do not appear to be cheap" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Jumpingintosummer

Affordable doesn’t have to mean basic, and these stylish gin glasses from Matalan are a bargain at £5 each. The chunky short stem makes them less flimsy than other styles, and the gold tone is a pretty added bonus. These glasses are versatile too, and could also be used as a contemporary way to serve up wine or as nice water glasses. Unfortunately, they aren’t dishwasher safe, and don’t offer as much room for botanicals and garnish compared to others. However, if you’re looking for an affordable luxury to lift your G&T then this is a lovely choice. 

Key specs

  • Material: Glass
  • Capacity: N/A
  • Dishwasher safe: No

3. Best quality gin glasses: Dartington Crystal Simplicity Copa Gin Glasses Set of Six

Dartington copa gin glasses

Price: £23 (set of six) | Buy now from Amazon

"Dartington Glass, Villeroy & Boch, Galway Crystal are some of the better brands" - recommended by Mumsnet user, StopGo

If you’re looking to level-up your kitchenware then anything from Dartington Crystal is a winner, and these gin glasses are no exception. The glasses come in the popular ‘balloon/copa’ style (although Dartington also offers a highball version), and are crafted from quality crystal glass with a sturdy base. While this set is more expensive than others, with six glasses included it is actually good value. Reviewers rave about the look, feel, and longevity of these investment gin glasses. The only downside is these gin balloons are smaller than others with a 520ml capacity, but that’s still more than enough room for a hearty double measure with a mixer and ice. 

Key specs

  • Material: Crystal glass
  • Capacity: 520ml
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes

4. Best balloon/copa gin glasses: LSA International Dusk Balloon Gin Glass Set of Two

LSA balloon gin glasses

Price: £52 (set of two) | Buy now from Amazon

"These balloon shaped glasses have become popular again over the last few years" - Heuschrecke 

If you’re after a truly special glass for your favourite gin then they don’t come more beautiful than the LSA International Dusk balloon glasses. These gin balloons are crafted from hand-blown glass, with a unique pleated texture. The glasses are then hand painted with either a pink/grey or green/grey gradient for a show-stopping finish (which sadly does mean they're not dishwasher safe). These glasses are definitely pricey, but their uniqueness and quality craftsmanship make them a really special purchase you’ll enjoy for many years of gin o’clock moments. 

Key specs

  • Material: Glass
  • Capacity: 650ml
  • Dishwasher safe: No

5. Best highball gin glasses: Maison & White Crystallised Glasses Set of Six

Maison and white gin glasses

Price: £15 | Buy now from Amazon

"I've been drinking gin for years and much prefer a tall straight glass" - IloveJudgeJudy

There’s nothing wrong with drinking gin the classic way - from a highball. But if you’ve been using basic highball glasses from a ubiquitous Swedish homeware store for your gin, then it’s time to treat yourself to something a little special. These engraved crystal highball glasses by Maison & White are gorgeous and surprisingly affordable. The glasses are dishwasher safe, although some reviewers state they are best washed by hand to avoid chips. Highballs are best if you like your gin short and strong, as these glasses only hold 350ml. These glasses also work well as smart water glasses or for presenting cocktails. 

Key specs

  • Material: Crystal glass
  • Capacity: 350ml
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes

6. Best gin glass goblet: Dartington Crystal HB504/4PK Home Bar Gin Goblet Set of Four

Dartington Crystal gin goblets

Price: £18 (set of four) | Buy now from Amazon

The short-stem ‘goblet’ style of gin glass is the most rare, but they're ideal for people that like a shorter G&T. These goblet glasses are made by reputable Dartington Crystal, so you can be confident they’ll last for years. The chunky stem offers a satisfying hold and also means these glasses are much sturdier than the delicate stems of a ‘balloon’ style. You could also use these goblet glasses to serve up wine for a contemporary twist at your next table setting. 

Key specs

  • Material: Crystal glass
  • Capacity: 430ml
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes

7. Best crystal gin glasses: Royal Doulton R&D Collection Highclere Crystal Cut Glass Gin Glasses Set of Two

Royal Doulton crystal gin glasses

Price: £50 | Buy now from Amazon

Few things feel more luxurious than drinking from pure crystal glasses, and Royal Doulton is one of the most famous brands on the market for quality glassware. These Highclere Cut Crystal glasses have an old-fashioned class to them (Downton Abbey, anyone?), and their timeless style means you’ll be delighted to use them for years to come. At 470ml, the capacity is smaller than other balloon-shaped glasses, but there’s still enough room to add botanicals and garnish to your gin for a premium drink. 

Key specs

  • Material: Crystal glass
  • Capacity: 470ml
  • Dishwasher safe: No

8. Best gin glasses for gifts: English Pewter Company Personalised Gin Glass

English Pewter Company gin glasses

Price: £30 (per glass) | Buy now from Amazon

Let’s be honest: there are a lot of tacky gin glasses out there masquerading as nice gifts (please no more ‘let the good times be-gin’ homeware thanks). If you’re after a special, classy glass then this personalised option from the English Pewter Company is a lovely choice. It’s a simple balloon-shaped glass with a generous 620ml capacity, finished with an engraved pewter initial disk. This gin glass is supplied in a luxury velvet bag and gift box, making it an ideal gift for the gin lover in your life.

Key specs

  • Material: Glass
  • Capacity: 620ml
  • Dishwasher safe: No

9. Best quirky gin glasses: Gin Geo Glass Tumbler Set of Two

Geometric gin glasses

Price: £28.00 (set of two) | Buy now from Amazon

If quirky homeware is your thing then you’ll love these geometric gin glasses. The unique, terrarium shape is a fun alternative to a tumbler and these glasses could work well for cocktails and soft drinks too. You can choose gold or black piping around the edges for added detail. The capacity is small, which means if you’re someone that likes your gin with lots of mixer and ice, these might not be the glasses for you. 

Key specs

  • Material: Glass
  • Capacity: 300ml
  • Dishwasher safe: No

10. Best modern gin glasses: Oliver Bonas Joli Gold Stemless Gin Glasses Set of Four

Oliver Bonas gin glasses

Price: £28| Buy now from Oliver Bonas

"I would recommend some homeware from Oliver Bonas" - Lyricallie

Oliver Bonas can always be relied upon for beautiful homeware, and these gold gin glasses are no exception. The unusual stemless shape is definitely a conversation starter, and the 490ml capacity is roomy enough for a double with plenty of mixer. The Joli gin glasses are part of a wider collection of gold foil glassware, so you could build up a whole beautiful collection for your home bar. These modern gin glasses also make a great gift for the gin lover who has everything.

Key specs

  • Material: Soda lime glass
  • Capacity: 490ml
  • Dishwasher safe: No

What’s the best type of glass for gin?

Traditionally gin is served in a highball glass or a Tom Collins glass - that’s a long and thin glass with a moderate capacity. But in recent years other styles have taken over. Arguably the most popular right now is a ‘balloon’ or ‘copa’ glass (‘copa’ is short for ‘Copa de Balon’, which translates as ‘balloon cup’). The bulbous shape of this glass is designed to enhance the botanical flavours and aromas of your gin, and to hold plenty of ice to keep drinks cooler for longer. The long stem of these glasses also helps to keep gin cool.

A similar but more unusual style is the goblet gin glass. This has a reasonably wide, round shape, but with a short, chunky stem and smaller capacity than a balloon glass. This type of glass is well-suited if you like your gin with less tonic.

Of course, there is still nothing wrong with the classic highball shape, especially if you like a stronger G&T. However you like your gin, a good quality glass will definitely improve your drinking experience. Cheers!

How to buy the best gin glasses 

There are so many gin-specific glasses available to buy these days, ranging from cheap sets from supermarkets, to luxury crystal glasses you’ll want to pass down as heirlooms. Like most things you get what you pay for, so ultra cheap glasses are best for occasional gin drinkers rather than gin aficionados. 

As well as price, there are other factors to consider. Firstly, how strong do you like your gin, and do you appreciate it with lots of botanicals and garnish? A glass with a larger capacity is best suited for this. Alternatively, if you like your gin stronger, then a smaller glass is a better choice to avoid colossal measures! 

There are some beautiful and unusual gin glasses available to buy right now, so you might also want to choose a stylish glass to enhance your gin drinking experience. If you are currently shopping for a new glassware set, look for one with matching gin glasses to complete your glasses cabinet. 

What are the best gin glasses to buy? 

We considered both the most popular and more unusual gin glasses on the market, and evaluated them on value for money, style, and practicality. We decided that the John Lewis & Partners Sip Gin Cocktail Glass Set of Four is the best gin glass set to buy. 

How we chose our recommendations 

We know how important a good G&T is: that’s why we first consulted the Mumsnet threads to see what real gin lovers swear by for their perfect pour. Next, we read other ‘best buy’ lists and considered customer reviews carefully before selecting the best gin glasses to buy across several specialist categories. 

Why you should trust us 

We work hard to provide unbiased, independent advice you can trust. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.