Whether it’s frozen or on the rocks, if you’ve got limes, sugar, and tequila, you’ve got the setup for a mean margarita. Start your next at-home happy hour with the perfect concoction: 1.5 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of premium triple sec, and 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime. Shake it up, pour it in a salt-rimmed glass, add your lime garnish, and sip away.
From recycled tumblers, sets with pitchers, stemmed glasses and more, here are the best margarita glasses.
Emporion Hand-Blown Tumbler Glasses from Mexico with Cobalt Blue Rim
Ample room for garnishes
Variation in color
What better vessel to drink a margarita from than one made by hand in Mexico? Each one of these glasses is carefully blown by hand by Mexican artisans from 100 percent recycled glass. Because each is unique, notice individual bubbles and textures in the shape of a glass that give an authentic feel, plus a striking blue rim that looks even better covered in contrasting white salt.
There’s ample room for a large pour of margarita, plus plenty of space for ice. The heavier weight feels great in your hand, so you can stand and socialize while sipping. These glasses can be washed in the dishwasher, though keep them on the top rack and let them cool before removing.
Price at time of publish: $52
Size: 10 ounces | Material: Glass | Glasses Per Set: 6
IVV Italian Retro Cocktail Glasses
These glasses offer up all the charm of a retro-inflicted crystal without the trouble of having to dig through a thrift shop. Made by master Italian glassmakers, the vessel is carefully colored and textured from lead-free glass in a range of colors. While a margarita will look stately in this glass, they’re perfectly versatile: Use them for water, wine, refreshing palomas, and everything between. Opt for one color or mix and match the sets for an eclectic feel.
While there are tumbler options, the stemmed version keeps the heat of your hand away from your precious margarita. Pour a regular margarita in the blue option for an ocean-inspired drink, or make a watermelon margarita in the pink glass.
Price at time of publish: $68
Size: 8 ounces | Material: Glass | Glasses Per Set: 2
Williams Sonoma Blue Stripe Glassware Collection
Specific to blended drinks
Give your happy hour a toes-in-the-sand feel with this beachy, brilliantly blue set of glasses. While these do have an ocean lean, the glasses aren’t kitschy in any sense, making them ideal for all sorts of situations. Try making a pina colada, strawberry daiquiri, or any other manner of blended drinks and serving them in these glasses.
These mouth-blown blue glasses come in tumbler, highball, and margarita glass size, plus a heaping pitcher for doling out drinks. Specifically, the margarita glass has a large tiered bowl and a stem long enough to let the drink perch in your hand. While these are carefully blown by hand, they’re durable enough to withstand a trip through the dishwasher.
Size: 11 ounces | Material: Glass | Glasses Per Set: 4
DuraClear Tritan Outdoor Margarita Glasses
What’s one of the best places to sip a margarita? Outside, of course. These glasses are designed for just such an occasion, made with durable Tritan that will withstand drops, spills, and other incidents. Even if you drop it from high heights, the food-grade plastic will not crack, shatter, cloud or discolor. Plus, the glasses can be popped in your dishwasher when you’re done sipping.
The tough Tritan glasses come in six colors: ocean blue, green, yellow, red, gray, and turquoise. Assign each guest a different color glass and you’ll never mix up your glasses again.
Price at time of publish: $80
Size: 16 ounces | Material: Tritan | Glasses Per Set: 6
Libbey Cactus Margarita Glasses, Set of 4
Almost too large a design
Lean fully into a margarita’s vacation vibes with a generously large margarita glass, each featuring a glass cactus stem infused with color, so it won’t fade over time. Use the 16-ounce vessel for drinks or to serve guacamole and salsa. Each glass stands 6.25 inches in height and has a thick rim for covering in salt or perching lime wedges. The glasses can be washed in the dishwasher when you’re done.
Price at time of publish: $35
Size: 16 ounces | Material: Glass | Glasses Per Set: 4
Hawkins New York Essential Stackable Colored Glassware & Pitcher
Pitcher sold separately
For the expert entertainer, these hand-blown glasses are wonderful for doling out drinks to a crowd. The glasses are made from sturdy borosilicate glass hand-blown into a rainbow of bright, cheery colors. Inspired by sea glass, the set comes in coral, blue, orange, gray, clear, and green.
Batch a pitcher of margaritas and use it to pour drinks to your friends in the four matching glasses. The glasses come in bodega-sized, 6-, 10- and 14-ounce glasses. The small set is suitable for small pours of cocktails, wine, or vermouth, while the medium-sized glasses are great for full cocktails and pours of beer. The pitcher holds 48 ounces (enough for about eight drinks) and doubles as a vase if your guests bring flowers.
Price at time of publish: $32 for Clear Short (Set of 4)
Size: 6, 10, or 14 ounces; 48-ounce pitcher | Material: Borosilicate glass | Glasses Per Set: 4
What to Look for in a Margarita Glass
A good margarita is packed with ice (or in slushie form). To accommodate, you’re going to want a fair bit of space to make room for the chill. These glasses range from 8 to 16 ounces, so consider the size of the margarita you’re going to drink.
Maybe you’re a tried-and-true margarita drinker. In that case, you’re going to want a glass specifically for margaritas. If you stick to the occasional margarita, perhaps a more versatile glass will do the trick, like a coupe or a rocks glass. If you’re drinking outside, a durable Tritan option is the perfect poolside companion.
Where will you be drinking your margaritas? If it’s in high-energy parties, consider a more themed glass, like Libbey’s cactus cocktail glass or a hand-blown Mexican glass. If you prefer a pinky’s up cocktail, try a classy coupe.
What kind of salt is used on a margarita glass?
Generally, a high-quality flaky salt is used to rim a margarita glass. You could also try using a flavored salt, like a smoked or lime salt, to add a little flavor. Alternatively, try adding a bit of cayenne into your salt mix.
How do you salt a margarita glass?
Start by slicing a small slit in a wedge of lime, and slowly rim it around the entire rim of the empty margarita glass. Pour some salt into a small plate, and dip the rim into the plate. Give it a turn to make sure the salt covers the full rim of the glass, and make your drink as always.
How do you hold a margarita glass?
Hold your margarita glass by the stem or, if the glass is stemless, by the bottom. Both of these ways will ensure you aren’t warming the drink up with your hand.
Why is a margarita glass shaped the way it is?
As the story goes, the modern-day wine glass is a descendant of the cocktail coupe. To make more room for a margarita, it’s larger (to accommodate for ice or slushie format) and generally thicker glass to ensure durability.
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Kate Dingwall is a sommelier and spirits writer. She has been writing about the bar and spirits world for five years and has her BarSmarts and WSET certification. She loves a good margarita—wherever she may be.