A Nick & Nora Glass is a smaller Coupe or Martini Glass.
Typically around 5-6oz in Size or 150-170ml. Whereas a Coupe Glass is usually slightly bigger at around 7-10oz and 200-290ml.
A Nick & Nora glass is perfectly suited to smaller, booze-forward, Ice-free Cocktails and Drinks such as Martini's and Manhattans. In the Rum world, many Bartenders will always serve their Daiquiri in a Nick & Nora Glass. The smaller size of a Nick & Nora Glass is perfect for these kinds of Cocktails that don't have much volume. These Cocktails a meant to be drunk icey Cold. So the worst thing you can do is put them in a larger glass and give them time to warm up!
Most Daiquiris will only be 90-110ml of Liquid before Shaking. A Martini may only be 70ml before Stirring. So a larger Martini or Coupe glass is inappropriate as you'd either half-fill it or have to bulk up recipes which will cost more money.
Although its history predates this, bartender Dale DeGroff, famous for bringing the Cosmopolitan to life, started using them properly in the 1980s when he was creating a Bar Program for the Rainbow Room in New York using pre-Prohibition recipes which were served up in "Little Martini" Glasses. Dale DeGroff asked his Glass Supplier for Glasses similar to what was used in the "Thin Man films" where the 2 Detectives, Nick & Nora Charles, would serve their Martinis in small Martini Glasses. Eventually, the name stuck and the glasses slowly became more popular.
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