Consider this your ultimate guide to using the right type of glassware.

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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 can significantly upgrade your at-home cocktail game, even if your ingredients are pretty standard. Here's a guide to cocktail glasses (plus some wine glasses and drinking glasses) that will not only enhance your drink, but also your style. 

Take a look at our handy chart of types of drinking glasses below for an overview (with pictures) of common glassware, or scroll on for a more detailed description and larger picture of what each type is best for. With this guide (and our tips), you'll have a well-stocked bar cart and impressive glassware collection in no time.

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Types of drinking glasses, cocktail glasses, and wine glasses

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Types of cocktail, wine, drinking glasses - Cocktail Glass (or Martini Glass)
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1 Cocktail Glass (or Martini Glass)

Best for aromatic mixed, strained drinks served "up" (without ice). Use for martinis, Cosmopolitans, and other ice-less mixed drinks.

Types of cocktail, wine, drinking glasses - Coupe Glass
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2 Coupe Glass

A coupe glass has a shape similar to the martini glass, but is used for frothier beverages such as a Gin Fizz. 

Types of cocktail, wine, drinking glasses - Collins/Highball Glass
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3 Collins/Highball Glass

A highball is used for tall mixed drinks like Mojitos or Gin and Tonics. Highball glasses generally hold 10 to 12 ounces of liquid. A collins glass is a little larger, holding 12 to 14 ounces. However, both glasses can be used interchangeably.

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Types of cocktail, wine, drinking glasses - Delmonico
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4 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.

Types of cocktail, wine, drinking glasses - Champagne Flute
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5 Flute

Despite some attempts to push it out of popularity, the flute still reigns as the ultimate sparkling wine glass (and cocktail glass for champagne cocktails). It's also good for drinks like the French 75 or a Bellini.

Types of cocktail, wine, drinking glasses - Nick and Nora glasses
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6 Nick and Nora Glass

Nick and Nora glasses are a combination of a martini and a Coupe glass. The name comes from the fictional characters Nick and Nora Charles of The Thin Man movies.

Types of cocktail, wine, drinking glasses - Rocks Glass
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7 Rocks Glass

A rocks glass, sometimes called an old fashioned, is designed for drinks made in the glass, like a Negroni or the namesake old fashioned. This type of glass is also ideal for straight liquors on the rocks or for serving a whiskey neat (no ice).

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8 Snifter

Snifters are best for brandies (Armagnac, Cognac, etc.) or other heady after-dinner spirits, like aged rum.

Types of cocktail, wine, drinking glasses - White Wine Glass
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9 White Wine Glass

This glass is a little taller and more narrow than a red wine glass. It's perfectly OK to serve sparkling wine in this glass, too.

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Types of cocktail, wine, drinking glasses - Red Wine Glass
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10 Red Wine Glass

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. The size makes these glasses an excellent pick for sangrias, too.

By Amy Zavatto and Amanda Lauren