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Just as there are classy coupe glasses for craft cocktails and discerning rocks glasses for sipping whiskeys, there is quality glassware for shooting your spirits. Your shot glass collection shouldn't just be limited to trinkets you pick up from far-flung tourist shops. There are plenty of shot glasses available for a variety of styles and needs, from copper cups for mini Moscow Mules to sleek, vintage-inspired glasses. Whatever your preferences, here are the best shot glasses for every celebratory occasion.
Best Overall: Ozeri Moderna Beverage & Espresso Glasses
Thoughtfully designed, the Ozeri Moderna Beverage & Espresso shot glasses hold dual purpose: a smart, patent-pending double wall design suspends beverages with an inner wall, while a second outer wall keeps drinks safe from hand heat and gives the glass a contemporary aesthetic. This innovation makes the glass particularly well suited for both frozen drinks and for your morning espresso shots. Even more, hand-blown dimples on the side of the glass are made to fit hands comfortably.
These shot glasses, large enough to hold 2 ounces of liquid, are made with heat- and condensation-resistant borosilicate glass to protect the contents from outside temperatures. Microwave and freezer safe, the glass can also be heated or cooled.
Best Tall: Lasalle Shot Glass
These shot glasses' tall, elongated design is modern and unfussy, with a generous 2.25-ounce capacity and tough design built for multiple shots. The set comes with six glasses, each measuring 1.5 by 4.1 inches high. Plus, the dishwasher-safe glasses are both BPA- and lead-free. On the downside, because of the tall shape, they do not stack when storing.
Still, the glasses won't easily crack or knock over—they're constructed of sturdy, durable glass to withstand drops and hold up through repeated use. Outside of entertaining, these glasses also work well when serving more sophisticated liqueurs with dessert or coffee.
Best Copper: Mikasa Copper Shot Glass
Moscow Mules are commonly served in uber-chilled copper mugs to keep vodka-based drinks cold. These little copper shot glasses by Mikasa are perfect for this purpose, though they're great for any shot that requires chilling, as the copper construction keeps drinks frosty for longer. Simply pop the shot glasses in the freezer to thoroughly chill before serving shots or drinks.
In this set of two, each glass measures 2.5 wide by 2 inches tall and has a capacity of 2 ounces. Made of solid copper with a nickel lining, the BPA-free glasses are also hand-wash only. Beyond sipping, the smart copper cups can double as condiments or utensil holders.
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Best Splurge: Schott Zwiesel Tritan Pure
From Schott Zwiesel, one of the most regarded glassware brands, the elegantly-designed Tritan Pure shot glass has a slightly wider bowl and an elongated profile compared to standard shot glasses. The slightly narrow top also allows complex aromas of spirits to shine.
Each shot glass is made in Germany from dishwasher-safe, chip-resistant glass. They all hold 3 ounces and measure 4 inches high. Take caution that these glasses are somewhat thin, making them delicate and more prone to breakage.
Best Novelty: Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses
Handcrafted from food-grade Himalayan salt, these shot glasses will give your tequila or mezcal a built-in salty finish. Salt is naturally antibacterial, so the glasses will stay clean through rounds and rounds of shots. Though note that they are not dishwasher safe, and if liquids are left in the glasses for extended periods of time, the salt will erode the glass.
These shot glasses, which come in a set of four, measure 3 by 1.25 inches and hold 1.2 ounces of liquid. Each glass is hand carved in Pakistan by artisans and made with PET plastic, ceramic and acacia wood inserts to prevent leakage. And because the salt is naturally harvested, colors will range from rosy pink to pale white.
Best for Tequila: Novica Handblown Shot Glasses
Each of these Novica shot glasses is handmade by Mexican artisans Javier and Efren, who have over 30 years of experience designing glassware. When held, the glasses feel weighty, thick and sturdy, making these a practical choice for shots, as well as salad dressings and soups.
A cheery, colorful rim tops each glass. Because they're hand-blown, these shot glasses naturally differ slightly in color, size and shape, making each one unique. Handwashing is recommended, though these glasses will stand just fine on the top rack of a dishwasher. Free from lead and toxins, each glass holds 3 ounces of liquid and measures 3.9 by 2 inches.
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Best Disposable: Red Plastic Shot Glass
Pay homage to your college days with these miniature Red Solo Cup-inspired shot glasses, perfect for tailgating, birthday parties and other celebratory events. Each pack comes complete with 20 glasses, with each glass holding 1.5 ounces of liquid. These stackable glasses are particularly enticing for their convenience, as they're designed to be cleaned and reused, or simply thrown away when the night is over.
The cups also double as service vessels for condiments and small desserts at barbecues and beyond, though they're especially great if you’re keen on making Jell-O Shots.
Most Innovative: Elsberry Cool Shots Ice Bucket
Make your own ice-based shot glasses with the Elsberry Cool Shots Ice Bucket: these food-grade silicone molds turn water, juice or flavored water into custom shot glasses. Try tweaking your favorite cocktail recipes (like making shot glasses from lime juice for tequila) or adding festive colors and decorations into the ice.
To make your glasses, freeze the tray with the liquid of your choice. After three hours or more, simply pop out the glasses and pour in your spirit (or, place them in the freezer for future use). Best of all, this eliminates the need to wash or reuse glasses. Each tray is dishwasher safe and yields eight ice shot glasses.
Best for Durability: JoyJolt Heavy Base Shot Glass
Arguably, one of the most satisfying parts of taking a shot is slamming down the glass. These JoyJolt shot glasses are designed for just that, with an extra-thick weighted base that prevents breakage and reduces spills—consider these glasses virtually unbreakable. The sophisticated design also feels sturdy in your hand and looks striking on a shelf.
In addition, the square-shaped shot glasses have a 2-ounce capacity, making them an excellent measuring tool for mixing cocktails. If you’re looking to save space, take caution that these glasses do not stack. Dishwasher safe, each glass measures 1.75 by 2.5 inches.
Most Stylish: Sparq Vodka Shooter Set
This set of four, Scandanavian-inspired shot glasses by Sparq wins in both function and design. Carved from a single piece of soapstone, the glasses hold its temperature for far longer than an average glass. The soapstone will also cool down a drink without diluting it.
Place your glasses in the fridge or freezer before serving. Then, pour your shot, and use the rustic wooden serving tray to transport your drinks (alternatively, the caddy also makes it easy to store the shot glasses when not in use). When you’re done sipping, simply pop them in the dishwasher to clean. Each glass has a 2-ounce capacity and measures 3.7 x 3.7 x 4.5 inches.
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