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As Jimmy Buffet says, “If life gives you limes, make Margaritas.” The iconic vacation drink combines tequila, lime, and a sweetener for a getaway-in-a-glass served either frozen, on the rocks, or up. Whichever of those you prefer, “Margaritas themselves are simple. I am an avid Tommy’s Margarita fan. It has just three ingredients—tequila (2 ounces), agave and fresh lime (0.75 ounces each),” explains Crystal Chasse, beverage director at Talk Story Rooftop in Brooklyn, New York. “Mix it up and voila!”
Whichever way you prefer your Margarita—frozen and frothy, or served up in a delicate coupe—we've found a variety of glasses to choose from. With a little help from our bar industry friends, here are the best Margarita glasses to sip from right now.
Best Overall: Novica Artisan Crafted Hand-Blown Blue Recycled Glass Tumbler
“I personally think that the best Margarita glass is a pint glass. It holds an ample amount of Margarita, it holds a solid salt rim, and it is functional in any bar,” says Juan Fernandez, the beverage director at The Ballantyne in Charlotte, NC. “To increase the flair of the Margarita itself I suggest a colored glass,” says Fernandez. “I personally prefer cobalt blue, the white salt looks great in contrast.”
A tumbler like this is the best of both worlds: it holds just as much as your standard pint glass and has a smart, cocktail-ready design with a striking cobalt blue hue. This set of glasses are made by Mexican artisans from recycled glass as part of a fair-trade agreement between Novica and National Geographic. The tiny bubbles, a product of the handmade nature, give the glass a decidedly authentic feel, as do the tiny variations in color and shape. These glasses can be washed in the dishwasher, but only on the top rack.
Best Set: Haze 5-Piece Assorted Glassware Set
“I think the best Margarita glass is an old fashioned glass,” says Chasse. “I like my Margs on the rocks and when they come in a cool glass like this one, the experience feels so much more sophisticated.”
Plus, the set comes with a sleek matching pitcher. Mix up a batch of Margaritas (or punch, sangria, or any number of cocktails for a crowd) and pour tableside for your guests. The hand-made glasses hold 12-ounces of liquid, while the carafe holds 30-ounces. A smaller, heavy base provides stability. Inspired by the colors of nature, this set of four glasses and matching carafe features a subtle blue ombre in the glass. When filled, it gives off shimmering ocean blue hues. Each piece is dishwasher-safe.
Tip: This set doubles as a great housewarming present. It’s excellent for serving orange juice at the breakfast hour.
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Most Unique: Libbey Cactus Margarita Glasses
Are you a hardcore fan of Margaritas? Or, an expert entertainer? Libbey’s Cactus Margarita glasses are perfect for taco nights, happy hours, and beyond. Alternatively, use the glass to serve salsas out of.
The desert-inspired cactus stem of these glasses provides a festive way to sip tropical drinks of all kinds. The quirky glasses hold a generous 16 ounces of liquid and are dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up. Standing 6.25 inches in height, the thicker rim makes them easy to salt. Designed by Libbey, a glassware brand favored by bartenders for their bar-setting quality, these durable glasses will hold up through years of happy hours.
Most Durable: Handblown Rocks Glass
“The Margarita is such a simple and sturdy cocktail, so I say go with something simple and sturdy for glassware as well,” describes Blair Bowman, the general manager of the much-anticipated Khora in Cincinnati. “I love these decorative rocks glasses. They have just enough flare to catch the eye and feel great in your hand, so you won’t mind having that third nightcap.”
These glasses pay homage to the standard Margarita glasses found in taco shops and cervezerias south of the border. They showcase the traditions of Mexican glass blowing (it’s been a strong tradition in the country since 1535—the first glass ever made in North America was in Mexico), working with recycled and repurposed glasses. At four inches tall, the heavy glass is heavy-duty and long-lasting.
Best Stemmed: Tiki Glass Coupe
“I love my Margaritas up, so my go-to glassware is a coupette,” describes Fever-Tree’s Alexis Green. “This glass is elegant, the perfect size, and also the wide opening allows the drinker to enjoy the intoxicating aromas of lime and the perfectly selected tequila.” Jon Bacon, the bartender at FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar in Bloomington, Minnesota, agrees. “Anything with a stem to ensure the slush stays slushie and my hand stays warm!
This coupe glass is attractive as it has the elegance of a high-end cocktail coupe, with the island vibe of a quirkier option. Pulling inspiration from vintage kitsch, the amber stem makes this glass an excellent vessel for serving tropical drinks. This set of four glasses is made from BPA- and lead-free glass and holds 8.5-ounces of Margaritas, Daiquiris, or more.
Related: The Best Tequilas for Margaritas
Best Splurge: JFR Glass Pink-Rimmed Rocks Glass
“Rocks glasses are the best and the standard glass for Margaritas,” describes Gina Buck, the beverage director at Concord Hill in Brooklyn, New York. “They make it easy to salt the rim of the glass as it doesn’t spill everywhere.”
If you’re serious about Margaritas, these hand-blown glasses are a beautiful addition to a glassware collection. Outside of Margaritas, the glasses are great to use for festive water glasses in the summertime. The brilliant purple rim on this glass is perfect for fruitier Margarita riffs—the shimmering colored glass (try holding the glass up to the light to see the colors transform) pairs perfectly with a traditional hibiscus Margarita. All glass is UV-resistant to prevent fading over time and comes wrapped up in eco-friendly packaging.
Good to Know:
“If you add a seasonal juice or flavor like passionfruit, grapefruit juice or hibiscus,” describes Buck, “you should start with less sugar as these juices naturally sweeten the cocktail.”
Best for Outdoors: True North Insulated Margarita Glass
For drinking Margaritas on the go or for fiestas al fresco, True North’s Insulated Margarita glass has you covered. Think of this as a thermos for Margaritas: crafted from 18/8 stainless steel with a vacuum-sealed design, this is designed to keep your drink cold and ice frozen for up to 24 hours (though we hope you sip it a little quicker than that). A Triton lid saves your drink from sloshing and spilling.
That said, this option is also perfect for frozen Margaritas and ice cream—the double-walled construction keeps your hands warm (no more frosty glasses!) and your drinks chilled. Pick from a rainbow of metallic colors to suit your mood—shimmering greens, jewel tones, zesty oranges, or more subtle black, silver, or copper. No matter the color, the glasses hold 8 ounces of liquid.
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Best Large: SCS Direct Extra Large Margarita Glass
Don’t want to get up to refill your glass? This glass is the perfect solution. The party-sized glass can hold a full quarter gallon (or 33 ounces) of mixed drink (roughly three normal-sized Margaritas). Or, simply make your favorite large-format cocktail (perhaps a Zombie?) and stick enough straws in for you and your friends. Though they are more novelty, these glasses are still made of quality hand-blown glass and will need to be washed by hand.
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