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Cocktail Hour with Elles Icebox: Know Your Glassware



I’m very excited to introduce BellaNaija readers to the wonderful world of Elles Icebox. You see, Elles Icebox was birthed after I attended an event where there was a lack of innovative and aesthetically presentable cocktails. This got me thinking about providing this service across the country… I had to share the gospel of cocktails. Six years later, this dream has been made a successful reality.
Running a cocktail business definitely has its crazy moments, but my favorite part is the cocktail hour. I usually have a cocktail every day. Yes, I said it. Every evening, I walk through the door, kick my shoes off, mix a quick delicious little cocktail at our living room bar and then kick back and watch some TV.
So, every weekend, I’m going to share quick recipes of cocktails which you can try at home. Delicious, easy to make and they come with NO stress at all.


Cocktails are about creativity every mixologist has their own style and flair in cocktail mixes. This can be expressed even in the glasses used to serve each drink.

I love the different glassware you have at your disposal when mixing cocktails so don’t be surprised at what ever cocktail comes in what glass! However, as an introduction to glassware, we’ll have a look at the more popular glasses we all recognize and love. If you can acquire a few for your home bar that’s great.

Highball Glass

A highball glass is a slender tumbler that usually holds mixed drinks – such as a Bloody Mary or a Mojito.

Hurricane/Cocktail Glass

This glass has a unique curve to it. (It kind of makes me think of the figure 8). It is probably the most popular cocktail glass of them all. It is popularly used to serve strawberry daiquiris, piña coladas and its open top is fun for trying different garnishes.

Lowball Glass

This is a short wide glass. It usually has a heavy bottom. It is popularly used in serving straight shots of liquor like whiskey or scotch. They are quite popular for cocktails as well.

Margarita Glass

The structure of this glass makes it easier for the sugar or salt to be placed on the rim – as is typical with a margarita cocktail. It’s mostly used for frozen margaritas and other cocktails containing ice.

Shot Glass

These small glasses are called shot glasses, because they are used to serve small but powerful amounts of alcohol mixes.

Wine Glass

A wine glass also has a long stem (like the martini and champagne glasses) and allows the drink retain its temperature. The balloon shaped wineglass allows the wine to promote better flavor causing the wine to develop its full bouquet for the consumer’s enjoyment sip after sip.

Martini Glass

The structure of this glass is a long and thin stem, and a cone-like top, which helps keep the drinks cool with its unique shape. It is popularly used for serving martinis (shaken not stirred) Cosmopolitans or a Manhattan.

Champagne Flute

Glasses that have a long stem are created this way to prevent the heat from the individual’s hand from heating the temperature of the drink contained. In the case of champagne it also retains carbonation.

And that is the introduction to the basics of glassware for cocktails! Thank you for reading.

Happy sipping xoxo

Chizoba Okpala is the owner of Elles Icebox limited the cocktail company has been in business for six years and has provided a cocktail bar service at major events across Lagos. Check out more on their website and on their blog They cater to events across the country and they can be reached on 08052763336 and [email protected]

Elles Icebox was started by Chizoba Okpala in 2009 a graduate of University of Lagos and LBS alumni. After working for a multi-national she has the chance of attending an event that lacked in innovative and aesthetically presentable cocktails which introduced the idea of providing this as a service across the country. Six years later this dream has been made a successful reality that is realized every day. Today, Elle Icebox is an indigenous events support service company. We cater to individuals and organizations providing uniquely designed cocktails at each special event. Our services are delivered with our customer’s satisfaction in the forefront of our minds. Our services are of international standard which ensures customer satisfaction at each of our events each and every time.


  1. Ayana

    May 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Nice! Now I can form posh when I ask for a glass lol! Nice one, stopped by your mobile bar at Sweet Kiwi today, love what you are doing and wish you all the best #EllesIceBoxRocks

    • Tokunbo

      May 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Wow thanks Elles Icebox…now I know the names of different cocktail glass cups. Weldone M.D Elle’s IceBox

  2. Olatokunbo

    May 10, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Wow thanks for this Elle’s Icebox…Now I know the shapes and types of glass cups for Cocktail…..Weldone hun! Great job

  3. Yemi

    May 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Nice 1 Elles IceBox…

  4. oladipupo

    May 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Nice one, luv wat u are doing dearie

  5. AboutDevice

    May 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Wow, Great and Thanks for this great tutorial on cocktails. Thanks Elles Icebox, learnt alot.

  6. damilola

    May 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

    nice one tola….. told you i was going to read it.

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