What Is A Nick and Nora Glass? (And Cocktails To Serve In Them)

by Libation Staff | Last Updated: November 11, 2021

The Nick and Nora (or Nick ‘n Nora) glass is a stemmed glass mainly used for stirred or shaken cocktails. The Nick and Nora glass originated from the 1934 film series The Thin Man, where the main characters Nick and Nora Charles sipped cocktails from such glasses. The popularity of the film series gave rise to the popularity of this glass design, and the name Nick and Nora glass stuck.

The Nick and Nora glass is usually used for serving any drink that could also be served in a Martini or a coupe glass. The drinks served in this glass are not served with ice, similarly with any other stemmed glass. To keep the drink cold, the glass should be chilled in the fridge or freezer, and it should be held on the stem so the drink is not warmed by the holder’s hand.

If you want a drink with ice, then you should use a highball or an old-fashioned glass. The Nick and Nora glass is a throwback to a bygone age. It is a favorite by many craft cocktail mixologists looking to serve a drink with a fun twist.

The usual size of a Nick and Nora glass is 5 ounces, which is the perfect size for most drinks served in this vessel. Anything smaller will not hold most of the cocktails served in it, and anything larger will be too bulky and too much glass to hold in your hand. Here are some varieties of the Nick and Nora glass you can buy now:

What Cocktails Can You Serve in a Nick and Nora Glass

If you don’t have Nick and Nora glasses at home, then you should think about getting some!