The kind of glass you choose when offering your guests a drink has a surprising impact on the way the drink tastes. This is especially true when it comes to wine, where a well-designed glass creates a “chimney” so that the aroma of the wine is concentrated and wafts up towards the nose.
To fulfill your home bar needs, here is a list from Food Republic of must-have glasses that will ensure you and your guests will have the right glass for the right drink. Cheers!
White Wine Glass
Whether you go with a classic stemmed or more modern stemless, serve white wine in a tulip shaped smaller profile glass.
Red Wine Glass
As with the whites, with or without stems is up to you. Pouring reds in a wider (no need for the gigantic super-sized) shaped glass allows reds to breathe.
The Highball Glass
A tall, straight 6 to 12-ounce glass is perfect for serving vodka tonics and other mixed drinks. It’s deep enough to accommodate a few ice cubes and the right size for non-alcoholic drinks as well.
The Old Fashioned or Rocks Glass
A heavy-bottomed, squat 6 to 8-ounce glass can be used for everything from Scotch to margaritas as well as its namesake cocktail too.
Some people prefer their beer right from the bottle or can, but it’s nice to have a few 12-ounce Pilsner style or substantial Pint glasses.
Martinis are most often served in the iconic cone-shaped class with a thin stem, and bubbles are typically served in a fluted glass. A birdbath shape is a hip-again throwback style and an elegant solution for martinis, specialty mixed cocktails and Champagne.
Tips for Buying Glassware
When shopping for glasses, you’ll find a variety of designs within each style. Be sure to look for interesting features that match your style. Stay away from very thin glasses as they’ll break easily. This applies to the stems as well.
The Home Bar: A Guide to Designing, Equipping & Stocking Your Own Bar, by Henry Jeffreys
Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails, by Shannon Mustiphe
Home Bar Basics: Cocktail Glasses and Other Glassware for Any Drink