The coupe, or champagne saucer, is a wide, shallow-bowled stemware. Legend has it that the glassware was modeled after Marie Antoinette's left breast, a story I would stick with (because who doesn't like a good boob story), except that there were evidently coupes present in 1660's England (a good century before Marie Antoinette's time). Regardless, it is the first known vessel designed solely for the use of drinking sparkling wine. Coupes were popularized in the 1930's, during the American prohibition-era, and again in the 1960's. They're famous for the fabrication of champagne towers like this one (some day we'll make one, MM, some day!). Oh and also? They make Marisa and me very happy.
Sipping from a champagne coupe makes even the most budget prosecco feel like a special treat. I feel like I'm floating in a fabulous bubbly dream, like Marilyn Monroe, or Gatsby, or these ladies. Evidently, according to buzz-kill experts, I guess...the coupe is actually NOT the most ideal vessel for sparkling wine, as the shallow shape causes the bubbles to dissipate quickly, and therefore the champagne to go flat. I say those people just aren't sipping their bubbly fast enough... Regardless, coupes ARE an ideal shape for cocktails that might otherwise go in a martini glass (as much love as I have for a coupe, I hate its high-maintenance, easily-tipped, sloshy cousin) - such as our spring fling cocktail, the airmail, a classic daiquiri, or the bee's knees, just to name a few.
So grab a coupe, fill it with whatever you choose, and say a toast to Marie Antoinette's breasts. Happy Friday!
(all photos, Jamie Grill Photography)