Your ultimate guide to at-home bartending.

By Amy Zavatto and Amanda Lauren
August 20, 2018
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You don't have to be a professional bartender to serve a drink that will impress your guests. In fact, knowing which glass pairs with what cocktail puts your squarely in expert territory. Here's a guide that will not only enhance your drink, but also your style. 

Cocktail Glass

Best for aromatic mixed, strained drinks served "up" (without ice). However, if egg white is involved (like in a Clover Club or a Ramos Gin Fizz), the coupe better contains the froth (and looks prettier, too). This set of four martini glasses is just as timeless as the drink itself.

To buy: $27 for a set of four; target.com

Coupe Glass

A coupe glass has a shape similar to the martini glass, but is used for frothier beverages such as a Gin Fizz. This pink ombre waterfall coupe is so pretty it will nicely accessorize a bar cart.

To buy: $16; anthropologie.com

Collins/Highball:

A highball is used for tall mixed drinks like Gin and Tonics or Mojitos. Highball glasses generally hold 10-12 oz of liquid. A collins glass is a little larger, holding 12-14 oz. However, both glasses can be used interchangeably. This set of four vintage-inspired glasses adds an extra splash of glamour to your cocktail.    

To buy: $76 for a set of four; luluandgeorgia.com

Delmonico

The Delmonico is a smaller version of the collins glass with a slight flare at the top. It’s ideal for drinks like Amaretto Sours.

To buy: $15 for a set of six; amazon.com

Flute

Despite some attempts to wrestle it out of popularity, the flute still reigns as the ultimate sparkling wine glass. It's also good for drinks like the French 75 or a Bellini. The simple design of these flutes will enhance any celebration.

To buy: $10; bloomingdales.com

Nick and Nora

Nick and Nora glasses are a combination of a martini and a Coupe glass, and may well be the ultimate size for a martini. The name comes from the fictional characters, Nick and Nora Charles of The Thin Man movies. These glasses are generously sized, but also designed to be space saving in your cabinet.

To buy: $8; crateandbarrel.com

Rocks

A rocks glass, sometimes called an old fashioned is designed for drinks made in the glass, like a Negroni or the namesake cocktail, an old fashioned. This type of glass is also ideal for straight liquors on the rocks or for serving a whiskey neat (no ice). The hand-etched pinstripes on this double-old fashioned glass add style and sophistication.

To buy: $8; cb2.com

Snifter

Snifters are best for brandies (Armagnac, Cognac, etc.) or other heady after-dinner spirits, like aged rum.. This set can be monogrammed for a personal touch making it a great housewarming gift or just a treat for yourself.

To buy: $69 for a set of four; markandgraham.com 

Wine (basic white)

This glass is a little taller and more narrow than a red wine glass. It's perfectly okay to serve sparkling wine in this glass, too. These glasses were handcrafted in Poland of crystalline blown glass, but are still dishwasher safe.

To buy: $64 for a set of four; potterybarn.com

Wine (basic red)

Red wine glasses are usually larger than white wine glasses. They also have a bowl-like shape, which allows for aeration and smoothing of the tannins. These stemless glasses are perfectly on trend, easy to store and comfortable to hold.

To buy: $19 for a set of four; wayfair.com

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