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A Brief Origin Story Of The Copper Shot Glass

Copper cups have a rich history that dates back to ancient times. The earliest known use of copper for drinking vessels can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where copper was used to make goblets and cups for the elite.

The ancient Egyptians believed that copper had medicinal properties and would often use copper vessels to store drinking water, which they believed would purify the water and make it safe to drink.

So, what about the origins of the humble copper shot glass? How did it earn its name?

According to this article, there are plenty of interesting stories and speculations on the origins of "shot glasses".

Among them include a story that took place in the American Old West. Shot glasses were first popular in the American Old West. Cowboys who wanted a drink but didn’t have the money for a whole glass would give the bartender one of their bullets in exchange for whiskey. The resulting beverage was called a shot, or “shot glass” of whiskey because of this practice.

Another speculated origin story is that Friedrich Otto Schott invented it at the German glassworks factory Jenaer Glaswerk Schott & Genossen, of which he was the co-founder. When the small glass was imported into the United States, it was Americanized with the name Shot Glass instead of Schott Glass.

Today's guide will not only give you a glimpse into the brief origin story of the copper shot glass, you will also learn all about why our Copper Shot Cups are great for popping, shooting and sipping your favorite libation!

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How The Copper Shot Glass Gained Its Popularity

However, copper shot glasses began to gain popularity in the 18th century as a result of the increased availability of copper and the development of new manufacturing techniques.

During the 18th century, copper shot glasses were primarily used by sailors and pirates as a way to drink their daily ration of rum. The copper helped to keep the rum cool and also prevented it from spilling in rough seas. Copper shot glasses were also popular among sailors because they believed that copper had medicinal properties and would help to prevent scurvy.

In the 19th century, copper shot glasses became popular among the working class as a way to drink spirits such as whiskey and brandy.

Copper shot cups for sipping, popping and shooting whiskey

Copper shot glasses were inexpensive and durable, making them a popular choice for bars and taverns. The copper also helped to keep the spirits cool, which was important in a time before refrigeration.

Copper Shot Glasses In Modern Times

During the 20th century, copper shot glasses began to fall out of fashion as glass and plastic became the preferred materials for drinking vessels.

However, in recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in copper shot glass, with many bars and restaurants now offering them as a unique way to serve spirits and cocktails.

Sharpshooter Copper Shot Cup

Copper shot glasses or shot cups are now considered a stylish and elegant way to serve spirits and cocktails. The copper gives the cups a unique look and feel, and also helps to keep the drinks cool. Copper shot cups are also easy to clean and maintain, making them a popular choice among bartenders and mixologists.

In conclusion, copper shot glasses have a rich history that dates back to ancient times. They have been used by sailors, pirates, and the working class in the past. Now they are considered a stylish and elegant way to serve spirits and cocktails.

Copper Shot Cups & Flight Sets

Our hand hammered Sharpshooter Copper Shot Cups are easy to clean, maintain and also help to keep the drinks cool. The unique look and feel of copper gives them a unique touch and elegance to any drink service.

Elegant and tiny, these shot glasses are a great size for finger snacks and fine cocktails alike.  Perfect for sipping your favorite spirits at home or out on the town, fill them with your favorite beverage and raise one in style.

Alternatively, if you have some company, our Copper Shot Cup Flight Set is a stunning display of classic style and ancient craft that is perfect for your next party or gathering.

Copper shot cup flight set


Pull these elegant tiny cups out at the party to serve up to six shots, or flights! With their wet metal profile, they offer balanced complexity to your preferred Rum, Vodka, Whiskey and fine spirits. 

Copper Shot And Garnish Board


Our Copper Shot and Garnish Board is also an elegant way of serving up 4 of our hand forged Copper Shot Glasses with slices of garnishes, or salts for your favorite mezcal. The perfect combination of wood and copper in our Copper Shot and Garnish Board makes it a stylish home bar accessory and bar cart essential for any connoisseur.