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If you have experienced one of our gin tastings you would have noticed the lovely selection of glassware that we use. However, there is one type of glass, above all others, which gets everyone talking...the Gin Copa.

Since 2009s massive resurgence in the popularity of gin, this vessel has become the go-to-glass for distilleries and trendy cocktail bars in which to serve their G&Ts. Now this would make you think that the Gin Copa is a new creation but did you know that the history of the Copa glass dates back almost as far as gin itself?

The Copa de Balón (its full name) translates as ‘balloon cup’ and originated from the Basque region of Northern Spain in the 1700s. Whilst the English were serving gin in the Collins glass or highball, the Spanish were sipping from this beautifully bulbous glass. This style became popular during the prohibition era in America but it has only become de rigeur in the UK in the past few years.

The shape of the glass is a theatrical experience. Gone are the days when the only garnish option for your gin and tonic was a limp slice of lemon accompanying the desultory ice cube.  Nowadays we are positively encouraged to garnish away to our hearts content – in fact, the resulting five-a-day including herbs and even spices looks significantly better in this goldfish bowl on a stem.

The shape of the glass isn't just about presenting the gin in an exciting way, there is also scientific reasoning as to why the Copa is the best way to serve a gin and tonic. So, here’s the science bit! The balloon shape glass is designed to trap the aromas of the gin, enhance the botanicals in the spirit, keep it cooler for longer and prevent dilution. Similar to a white wine glass, this style of glass encourages you to hold the stem of the glass to prevent your fingers from warming the drink.

Next time you're presented with your gin and tonic in a Copa de Balón don't forget to hold it by the stem of the glass and take a moment to appreciate the aromas of the gin it holds.


Wil Watts