July 13, 2006

Cocktail Vibe Cocktail Glasses Review

Drinking in the Name of ScienceWe've been seriously stress-testing the Cocktail Vibe glasses that arrived at the Liquor Snob offices last week. The interns have been scurrying around like ants as we sequestered ourselves near the liquor cabinet...err, in the testing lab...bringing us the crushed ice and limes we needed to perform our strict diagnostics.

So do Cocktail Vibe glasses live up to our expectations, and make it worth it to cash in on the 10% discount or free shipping offers they're currently running? Read on to find out.

Society Martini GlassSociety Martini Glass - $10 each
Now this is a freaking huge martini glass. It holds twice as much as any other martini glass we have in the house and it has a handy little ridge in the stem that makes it easier to clutch after you've had "ti martwonies." We can understand why it's called the Society glass because after we drank enough it made us feel like we were in some secret society with Dean Martin, WC Fields and Charles Bukowski. Worth every penny of the ten bucks.

Red Pearl Rocks GlassRed Pearl Rocks Glass - $10 each
For some reason when we think of rocks glasses we think of a clear vessel, and we found it disorienting to drink our booze out of a red-colored rocks glass. Our Interns of the fairer sex thought it was beautiful, however, and it had much more cargo room that most double rocks glasses you'll find littering our office. We can see keeping a few of these around for non-alcoholic drinks as well - assuming we ever start drinking those.

Sizzle HighballSizzle Highball Glass - $12 each
We don't use a lot of highball glasses, preferring to stick to cocktail glasses and rocks glasses, but who are we kidding? We'd drink booze out of our hands if it came down to it. The Sizzle Highball is thin and delicate looking, but it has a solid heft that makes you feel secure in grasping it...plus the sizzle lines etched into the glass make for a great non-slip grip. We think it'd look great with a gin and tonic in it, but let's face it - what glass wouldn't?

Biarritz Wine GobletBiarritz Wine Goblet - $9 each
We don't usually like to share our foibles, but we're going to let you in on a little secret - we usually don't drink out of stemmed wine glasses because we're terrified we'll knock them over as we gesture our way through an over-the-top bar story. The Biarritz Goblet is the answer to our prayers as it's a bit squat with a heavy base, making it nearly impossible to knock over. It might not be ideal for a purist to drink a chilled wine like a white since there's not much stem to hold (which is supposed to keep the heat from your monkey paws from warming up the wine). Plus, it comes in four colors so you'll be able to help your forgetful guests stay away from the "is this my wine glass?" debate.

Conical Champagne FluteConical Champagne Flute - $9 each
Let's be honest here. We don't drink a lot of champagne. We're not of the "the bubbles tickle my nose" set and we typically only drink enough to toast the bride and groom before we toss it in a potted plant and toddle off to the bar for something stronger. Maybe one of our problems is that typical champagne flutes seem to be made of fairy glass and feels like it could be crushed in our sweaty mitts at any time. This is not one of those flutes. This one has a thick glass stem that could double for a roll of quarters to give your punches a little more weight in a bar fight...and we mean that in the nicest way possible.

Angular Shot Glass SetAngular Shot Glass Set - $12/set of 3
We were a bit skeptical about these glasses at first, because they looked the most delicate of all the ones we tried. Plus, we tend to like to slam our shot glasses upside down and yell "Pistole" like Marion in Raiders of the Lost Ark, so we were worried we'd break them. While they may not quite be up to all those hijinx, our reviewers agreed that these glasses have a nice weighted bottom (we love those chunky bottoms) and they're nowhere near as flimsy as we'd worried - plus, the shooting action was top notch.

The Verdict: What can we say? We like to drink and Cocktail Vibe has provided us with some great vessels designed just for that. The glasses are a bit more expensive than you'd find at Target, but they're also high quality, well-designed and more durable than we expected. Hell, even the glasses we have from Pier One and Crate and Barrel feel wimpy compared to these suckers. We recommend them as great engagement, wedding or house warming presents, or just for someone who wants to add some flair to their barware. We say head on over to CocktailVibe.com and get shopping, and don't forget about your 10% discount on your first order.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at July 13, 2006 7:40 AM
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