What is a Coupe Glass?

standard April 3, 2015 Leave a response

What is a Coupe Glass?Coupe glasses don’t get a lot of love from home bartenders and in-fact it seems like most don’t know anything about them. But after recently falling for a pair of thrift store rescues, I thought I’d take a moment to spread my admiration of the classic cocktail coupe.

How Do You Pronounce Coupe?

Frankly you’re not alone in your curiosity of how to pronounce Coupe. To be honest I had been mispronouncing this word for months but that’s what raging noob’s do. So in an effort to save you the embarrassment and ridicule, here’s the correct pronunciation:

What is a Coupe Glass?

Also known as the Champagne Coupe or the Champagne saucer, the coupe is a stemmed glass featuring a broad, shallow bowl. As you may have guessed, this glass was originally developed for champagne, however changing tastes have replaced it with the fluted glass as the go-to glass for champagne drinkers.

History of the Coupe Glass

Shrouded in mystery, the coupe glass has a history with enough facets that would keep any story teller buys. While the basic history of the coupe has been well covered by others , my favorite myth is that the shape of coupe glasses was inspired by the left breast of Marie Antoinette. Unfortunately this has been proved to be entirely false, but I’m going to do my best to keep it alive 😉

The Coupe: In Style

Celebrities Like Ava Gardner Made the Coupe Glass FamousFrom its creation in the mid 17th century, the coupe had become the default champagne glass used for special occasions of all sorts. This was especially the case with high society and the coupe was adopted by the famed Stork Club in New York City to serve its celebrity clientele. Needless to say, cocktails were all the rage in the post prohibition 1930s and the coupe cocktail glass became very popular.

Hard Times for the Coupe Glass

In time the use of the champagne coupe waned. A shift from sweeter champagnes to dryer versions and the changing tastes of the public proved to be the cause; the shape of the coupe both allowed the increased carbonation to disperse too quickly and didn’t adequately concentrate the aroma of the wine. So coupe glasses fell out of favor in the 1960s.

Rediscovery: The Craft Cocktail Movement

In recent years the resurgence of coupe cocktail glasses are due entirely to the craft cocktail movement. Clearly an effort to revisit the glamourous cocktails at the Stork Club, coupe glassware is appearing frequently at cocktail bars across the country. And if I have anything to do with it, you’ll go out and scrounge up a set yourself.

Popular Cocktails Using Coupe Glasses

While coupe glasses are practically interchangeable with the classic cocktail glass, here are just a few of the most popular cocktails that use coupe glasses:

  • The Aviation Cocktail in a Coupe Glass
    The Aviation

  • The Daiquiri in a Coupe Glass

    The Daiquiri


Needless to say, the coupe glass is a classic by anyone’s account. Offering an alternative to the standard cocktail glass, the coupe also has a great story and a unique style all its own. Hopefully you think so too.


Suburban adventurer, beer lover and Cocktail Novice, Bill has a variety of interests including cooking, blogging and "bad" surfing. If you're keen to connect, give him a shout on Twitter.