Besides the booze, no home bar setup is complete without a variety of glassware to serve all of your hand crafted cocktail concoctions in. Glasses come in a wide variety of designs, styles, colors and sizes and can serve many functions beyond being the vessel for delivering a measured amount of boozy bliss. Certain glasses have been designed specifically to showcase and enhance the bouquet (scent) of liquor or wine or preserve the carbonation of your favorite fizzy beverage. Other glassware types- rocks or Old Fashioned glasses in particular- are often crafted out of a heavier, sturdier glass for drinks that require muddling ingredients. Beyond functionality, presentation plays an important role in the overall cocktail experience. Even the simplest drink feels more glamorous with a special glass. Who says you can’t drink juice out of a gold-rimmed champagne flute?!
When it comes to selecting glassware for your own home bar, don’t be intimidated by the huge selection out there. Choose glasses that suite your personal style and drinking preferences. Consider starting with the following glass styles to get your bar up and running:
- Cocktail or Martini glass: Holding anywhere from 3-6 and up to 10 ounces of, this glass is quintessential for serving your favorite shaken or stirred cocktails.
- Highball or Collins glass: These tall straight-sided glasses are perfect for many mixed drinks where ice is involved. They also work great as everyday juice and water glasses!
- Old Fashioned or Double Old Fashioned glass: Also known as a rocks or double-rocks glass, these low, sturdy tumblers are best suited for drinks over ice or for those that require simple muddling in the glass. For those who like to sip on whiskey, scotch or bourbon, a single rocks glass is the right choice. I personally prefer the Double Old Fashioned glass as it's larger and more versatile for a wide variety of icy drinks.
- Champagne flutes: Especially designed to serve champagne and sparkling wine, a nice champagne flute also works well for serving multi-ingredient champagne cocktails.
- Wineglasses: For those passionate about wine, it’s nice to have wine glasses for both red and white wine. White wineglasses are typically narrower and slightly smaller than those used for red wine and can also be used to serve mixed drinks over ice (like an Aperol Spritz!) For those just starting out, red wineglasses are more versatile, as their larger size and wider mouth work well for serving wine as well as a variety of highball drinks, Sangria, spritzers, and large tropical drinks.
If you're planning on playing host this holiday season, consider picking up a few of these glassware styles. Hint: the glasses I've selected would also make great gifts for your favorite home bartender or a nice housewarming or host gift for the holiday season!