“I can’t drink outta this thing!”
I looked at the guy that I had just made a Cosmo cocktail for. Then I looked at his coupe glass. Was it clean? Check. Was it chipped somewhere? Nope. Then what was the–?!
He looked at his girl. “Maybe YOU can drink outta this girly glass, but I can’t!” Turned back at me. “C’mon bro, please, give me a man glass!!”
A man glass? I debated my choices. a) I could briefly explain some of the history of the champagne coupe to him. I could tell him that though, yes, originally it was for champagne but legend has it that it was shaped after the breast of Marie Antoinette or another French high-socialite (most likely not true, considering the glass was specifically made for champagne in 1663 England, but whats more manly than drinking from a glass made from a lady’s breast?!) I could ease into the fact that if he was really considered it, his drinking of a Cosmo might already put his manly standing in jeopardy regardless of glass, but I thought the better of that. I could say that coupe was popular in the 1930s after prohibition (a very “manly” time} which solidified itself through the 1960′s (Tell Don Draper he ain’t ‘manly’ while he’s drinking out of one, I dare ya) and thankfully right now, with the amazing innovation and art of the cocktail in the industry, remains popular today. Yes, I could say all of this!
or b) I could just pour it in a rocks glass. Which, of course, I did. Without complaint.
Satisfied with his “manlier” glassware, he nodded in appreciation, grabbed a straw and proceeded to promptly suck it down.
Plex Lowery, Tony’s Saloon, GM