Did you know that cocktail glasses (for drinks served chilled, but without ice) originally were designed to hold only about 3 to 6 ounces? Like everything else that has been supersized in the U.S., most are now 7 to 12 ounces. Old Fashioned glasses, or “rocks” glasses, for drinks served with ice, have likewise doubled – from around 6 ounces to 12.
When I have a cocktail, I’m usually using a fairly standard bar recipe which rarely makes more than 3 to 4 oz of liquid. Why stick that in a big, oversized glass? It just looks silly. Even when I make something on the rocks, it rarely takes up half of a standard Old Fashioned glass.
For my birthday present to myself, I decided to buy a few small, vintage cocktail glasses. I settled on these Fostoria “liquor/cocktail” glasses in the “Holly” pattern. They’re just over 5″ tall, and just barely hold 3 ounces.
So sweet! I love them dearly. I only bought four, but I might have to get some more. Maybe even some of the small water goblets or juice glasses for a slightly larger drink or for the “rocks” drinks.
I also have a single vintage cocktail glass that my ex-MIL gave me, but I have no idea who the maker is. It looks sort of like the Fostoria “Wheat” pattern, but isn’t. If I can find out what it is, I might have to get a few of these, too.
If I have a hard time finding the Holly pattern glasses, I guess I could just have a variety of vintage glasses, and guests can choose their own pattern. At least they’d know which glass was theirs.
They make me feel all Nick and Nora.