Drinking in Mid Century Modern Class

No matter where you go, whether you have seen it or not, chances are that you have heard of Mad Men. Amidst the drama and drinking, what we at Gracious take away is the great mid century modern styling that the show exudes, particularly with their drinkware. Let’s explore some of the mid century modern drinkware that we have in our shop and some of the cocktails that we think would go perfect with it.

shot glasses

First, you can’t go wrong with a solid shot glass set. They are both versatile and a great looking set of glassware to add to any collection. Use them for when you just want a shot of whisky or use it to measure out quantities of liquor for your cocktails. You really can’t go wrong here.


Speaking of whisky, nothing says classic like a whisky decanter in your home, office, or home office. Whether it’s Scotch whisky, bourbon whisky, or wherever it’s from, this decanter is the perfect centerpiece for any drinkware collection. We love a good bottle of Macallan 25 to put in our decanters.

brandy snifter

And of course, if you love whisky, your collection is going to need a snifter to capture that mix of sweet, smokey, sour, and bitter aromas. It’s not only for whisky though! It’s also great for enjoying cocktails with.

One of our favorite cocktails to drink in a snifter is a Stinger. To make a Stinger, take 1 oz of cognac and 1 oz of crème de menthe and put it into a mixing glass, shake briskly, and pour it into your snifter.

You can also have a great Sambuca con la Mosca in a snifter. All you need is to pour 2 oz of sambuca into your snifter and add in three coffee beans. In Italy, the three coffee beans are said to represent health, happiness, and prosperity.

cocktail glass

A proper drinkware collection is going to need long stemmed cocktail glasses too. While not quite a martini glass, martinis can still be enjoyed just the same in these cocktail glasses, while its long stem allows you to hold onto your drink without affecting its temperature.

So pull out your cocktail glass and make yourself a classic martini! Rinse your glass with dry vermouth, shake some gin with ice until it is chilled, pout it and add olives.

If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, you can also enjoy a daiquiri in these. Take 1½ oz of rum, ¾ oz lime juice, and ¼ oz simple syrup, shake over ice, strain into your cocktail glass, and garnish with a lime wheel.


Your drinkware collection will definitely need a set of short tumblers, also known as an Old Fashioned glass, after one of our favorite drinks, the Old Fashioned. These types of glass have a thick base so that ingredients can be muddled before the liquids are added in, which is what you’ll need to do if you want to make an Old Fashioned.

To make an Old Fashioned, mix 1 tsp of sugar, splash of water, 2 dashes of bitters, and muddle with a maraschino cherry and orange wedge. Then fill with ice cubes, pour in your bourbon of choice, stir and enjoy.

We also love the classic Greyhound with these tumblers and they are much easier to make too! Fill your tumblr with ice and add in 2 oz of vodka and fill the rest with grapefruit juice.


What ties it all together is having a great cabinet to store all your drinkware when you are not using it. Now get out there and start mixing together some cocktails!


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