Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Coupe


Some of my favorite local bars have been using the champagne coupe as their choice glass to serve my favorite cocktail, a straight up martini. The look of the glass is elegant and sophisticated, simple yet refined.



J & I have been serving our cocktails in coupe glasses for those longing for some parlor patter.

A little interesting information from the web:

The champagne coupe or champagne saucer is a shallow, broad-bowled, stemmed glass. The glass was designed especially for champagne in England in 1663, preceding those aristocrats by almost a century.

The coupe came into fashion in the 1930s. It was popularized in post-prohibition America at the Stork Club, where champagne flowed freely and celebrities had bottles of champagne sent to their tables, compliments of the house. The coupe was the champagne glass of choice through the 1960s.

The broad surface area allows champagne to lose its carbonation more quickly, making it less suitable for the current style of very dry champagnes, compared to the sweeter champagnes that were popular in the 1930s, and therefore fell out of fashion except for traditional occasions such as weddings. It may also be used in situations where less carbonation is desirable, in order to reduce burping by the guests. Due to its shape it is also much less satisfactory for those wishing to appreciate the bouquet and aroma of the finest champagnes. The coupe is now more commonly used for certain cocktails.

I love the glasses and their retro feel.



Then I saw this on the Ralph Lauren facebook page:

“The Pine Flip is essentially a pine-flavored eggnog,” says Scala. “We used [pine-infused] vodka and Chartreuse Verte to add herbaceous, alpine aromas and flavors. A little bit of Bols Genever turns it up with a juniper flavor but still keeps the cocktail smooth and rich. Add some winter bitters on top, like pine bitters or another [kind] made from a wintry spice, and you have yourself a frothy, alpine eggnog!”


  • 1 egg
  • 1½ oz. pine-infused vodka
  • ¾ oz. Chartreuse Verte
  • ½ oz. Bols Genever
  • ½ oz. sweetener, such as agave nectar cut with water
  • Licorice bitters or pine bitters, for garnish

Break an egg into a shaker, and shake it. Add all the other ingredients, and shake with ice until the contents thicken. Double-strain into a chilled champagne coupe, and garnish with a few drops of licorice bitters or pine bitters. Cheers!

I love the smell of pine, so I wonder if I’d like this drink. It is a pretty one. I have never heard of pine-infused vodka or Chatreuse Verte or Bols Genever. Who knew?

Check it out in RL Magazine.



Cheers to Coupes, y’all!


  1. How funny you should write about this, because just this week (I guess because of the new year) my husband was saying he wanted to get champagne flutes. Our set of crystal has the saucer style. We decided you can dance around more while holding a flute and need to remain very still with the coupe!
    Thanks for the info - I didn't know all of those fun facts. I'm a smarter girl now, before I even get out of my jammies!

  2. I have champagne flutes but I remember these saucer style champagne glasses. My mom and Dad had their 25th Wedding Anniversary in the 60's and they were gifted with sets of silver banded stemware and that's how the champagne glasses were. She let go of all of them a long time ago and I never had a chance at them, but I also didn't care about it back then. Oh to have been smarter!!

  3. I too think the glass is classy.

  4. Thanks for sharing the info! I love the style of the glasses. Might need to replace some of ours with those. Much more pretty and functional. Let us know if you try the pine drink, sounds interesting.

  5. Really like the glass style, but not too sure about a pine-flavored drink!

  6. I LOVE this post! I absolutely adore champagne coupes and purchased 12 a couple of years ago (addicted to buying stemware). It transports you to an elegant and somewhat dangerous time, considering prohibition. I have never served anything other than champagne in them, but mine are a little 'squattier' than yours are. You'll have to try the pine drink and let us know what you think!

  7. Your coupes are "coupe-tastic"!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Marion Pearce

  8. I love pretty cocktail glasses...I never saw champagne coupes before...I love them!

  9. Your martini looks so inviting! I also serve chocolate mousse and shrimp cocktail in mine, hanging the shrimp over the rim of the glass. They are lovely.

  10. I've been noticing the coupe in some of your posts and thought that was the new vogue in martini glasses. I love the look, but I'm also not sure about the pine drink. If you try it out, let us know! Have a great day! xoxo

  11. Ahhh, I love a good champagne saucer. This is the style of champagnes with my mom's crystal. She always called thrm sherbets... Love it. Great post!


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