Are you curious about what beverage goes in which glass? Here are the answers. Whether you fancy a frosty German beer or a spot of fine aged brandy, there’s a proper vessel for each beverage — and all of ’em should be in your bar’s arsenal.
This guide will help you choose the right glass for your favorite tipple. This handy guide will help you host your next cocktail hour. (Enter Dorit Kemsley, Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
The lowball, or old-fashioned glass, is a short tumbler used to serve spirits neat or with a few ice cubes, as well as certain cocktails or plastic shot glasses for serving shots — including the one it gets its name from. The base can be used to mix herbs, fruits, and other ingredients. It usually holds 6-8 ounces of liquid. Handmade by glassblowers, this violet-hued Simon Pearce ($65) rocks glass will make savoring the flavor that much sweeter.
Highball glasses are ideal for tall cocktails or mixed drinks that are served over ice. Think dark ‘n stormy, mojito or sea breeze. It is taller than an old-fashioned and slightly wider than a Tom Collins. Check out this dreamy, ombre option from Anthropologie ($14).
Are you looking to make martinis and cosmos more often? Then your bar cart needs a classic cocktail glass that takes the form of an inverted cone, allowing for the optimal drinking experience. Are you prone to spilling? Opt for a stemless version like this one from Crate & Barrel ($24.95).
A flute is essential for champagne. For sparkling cocktails such as bellinis and mimosas, a flute is a must. Your libation will not go flat because of its narrow opening and tall, thin profile. This Williams Sonoma elegant stemware (starting at $24.95) is sure to be part of your next party.
Do you want to feel like a Gatsby-era celebrity? A coupe can be used for champagne, as well as a flute. It won’t preserve bubbles as well. It was originally designed to be used for sparkling wine, but it can also be used for Manhattans or margaritas. Grab a few of these reasonably priced stunners from Ikea ($2.99).
White Wine Glass
A white wine glass is best for those who love crisp sauvignon blancs or buttery chardonnays. It has a more flat bottom and smaller mouth to ensure that the wine doesn’t oxidize quickly. A longer stem and a smaller mouth help prevent your favorite vino from becoming too warm. The culprit would be body heat. We don’t want that. Add these handmade glasses from CB2 ($5.95) to your bar entourage.
Red Wine Glass
A wine glass with a larger bowl should be chosen for those who like a smooth pinot noir, bold Malbec, or spicy cabernet. You can swirl the vino, which helps it aerate (fancy talk for open it). Try a stemless option like this from Food52 ( $70 for a set of 2).
Do you love brandy, whiskey, or bourbon? Snifter glasses are a must-have in your stemware collection. This glass has a narrow stem and tapers at its top. It is designed to enjoy the full flavors and aromas of aged brown spirits. Like this sophisticated glass from Sur La Table ( starting at $15 ) that cups perfectly in your hand, ideal for enjoying a nightcap … or two.
A whole range of glasses is necessary for beer lovers. The pint glass holds 16 ounces and is perfect for casual beer drinkers. Take this handsome option from Anthropologie ( $16 ), made from soda lime glass. The iridescent drinkware looks great and is very easy to hold.