Martini fans, this will ring a bell. You order your cocktail of choice (up, naturally). The bartender chills an angular, fishbowl-sized cocktail glass, then pours, stirs and strains your drink into it—right up to the rim. And you’re screwed. No matter how carefully you pick this monstrosity up and bring it to your lips, it wobbles. You over-correct. Booze ends up all over your shirt, your shoes and the attractive stranger next to you.
This is not your fault. It is not the bartender’s fault. And it definitely isn’t the attractive stranger’s fault. The culprit in this situation is obvious: the cocktail glass.
Cocktail glasses (also known as Martini glasses) weren’t originally designed for self-sabotage—nor for their aesthetics. The long stem keeps ice-free drinks from being warmed by the drinker’s hands. The wide mouth is intended to showcase a cocktail’s aromatic bouquet, as well as, legend has it, to help Prohibition-era drinkers quickly dump their drinks if a speakeasy was being raided. But while two of these three reasons still address the needs of today’s drinkers, that third one is where we run into problems.