What home bar is complete without the right glasses? That's why we've put together a list of the home bar essentials that you should add so you'll have them on hand for any occasion.
You'll need martini glasses, wine glasses, champagne flutes, highball glasses and rocks glasses for iced drinks. You may also want to invest in some sherry or port decanters if you plan on entertaining with those types of wines because they are typically served at room temperature.
Show off your knowledge of art of mixology and the traditions behind the glassware and the cocktails they enhance.
Best Home Bar Glasses
1. Rocks (Double Old Fashioned)
The double old fashioned glass is a staple for gentleman and ladies looking to tip a glass back with sophistication.
The rocks glass is best for drinks that you build within the glass. By this we mean without using a cocktail shaker or mixing glass to combine the ingredients. A nice set of these glasses makes a fantastic Christmas, graduation, or 21st birthday gift.
Cocktails you can serve in rocks glass are:
This stemware is known by many names from Collins, Delmonico, and Highball. Each glass has a slightly different capacity but they all have that characteristic of a “chimney shape”. It is great for cocktails that require lots of ice.
Some of our favorites drinks served in Collins glasses are:
- Gin fizz
- Tom Collins (the cocktail that named the glass!)
3. Coupe Glass (Doubles as a Martini Glass)
Couple glasses were originally the trendy vessels where champagne lived and was served until the higher-end flute came along. Drinkers found that the coupe glass released bubbles to evaporation before the sparkle reaches the mouth. Thus, the coupe was refashioned as a lovely, less shaky alternative to the martini glass.
Ever notice how easy it is to spill a martini after a little too much celebration? No need to give up the fun! Just use this stemware instead. The coupe has a charming old Hollywood feel to it and is a wonderful option for serving drinks.
Cocktails that live in this glass are:
One of the inventors of the Moscow Mule was Smirnoff owner John Martin. He always kept his finger on the pulse of new trends and bought one of the newest inventions in 1947, the Polaroid. After the birth of the Moscow Mule, Martin photographed people drinking it in these copper mugs at his friend’s bar, the Cock N’ Bull, and began circulating the images to spread the word. Here’s the whole story.
Aside from the Moscow mule, there are many drinks served in copper mugs that you can enjoy.
A flute glass is one of the most popular and widely recognizable stemware of all time. If you are someone who loves drinking mimosa then you are going to have a great time using this type of glass, so having this in your home bar is a no-brainer.
These glasses are delicate and best for drinks that have a certain sense of aroma in them. Since they are not for a quick shot, you can use them for carbonated beverages since there is less surface area for CO2 to come out.
Cocktails that go best with flute glasses are:
- Cherry Bubblecake
- Sour Champagne
- Kir Imperial
- Bloody Smurf
6. Wine Goblet
A wine goblet is something you may have seen in movies based on ancient themes. It has a classic touch and no matter what you drink in it, you are sure to get a regal feel. This drinking vessel also has a very distinct mouth opening and can be used with ice wines, ports or even sherries.
Cocktails that go best in wine goblets are:
- Extrakt Tonic
- Absolut Moabit
- Rhubarb Juice and Soda
- Absolut Juice Rhubarb Spritz
- Apple Spritz
A pilsner is a special type of pale lager deriving its name from the Czech city of pilsen. A pilsner glass is usually used for light beers which include pale lager and pilsen.
It can serve multiple purposes and can even serve many of your cocktails and mocktails . What sets it apart is that you get to appreciate the whole look and feel of your favorite drink from top to bottom.
Drinks served in pilsner glasses are:
- Pilsner beer
- Wheat beer
- Root beer
A pitcher has a large size since its the one you use to pour drinks into your glass. Sometimes a pitcher is also used to drink something in a gulp or prepare cocktails in big batches.
You may see these bar essentials at bars, but if you are someone who often hosts parties and beer nights, then it should become part of your home bar glass collection. Since pitchers are robust in terms of build quality, you can pour anything from beers to plain water.
Drinks served in pitchers are:
9. Shot Glass
Shot glasses are used for drinks that you would consume in one go. They are normally used for vodka and other hard drinks since its not something you would consume in sips.
A standard single shot is usually of 1.5 US fl oz or 44 ml; that's why it's also used to measure liquor. You will be amazed to know that the word shot came from the German chemist Friedrich Otto Schott.
Whether you are having a fun time with your friends at home or just playing a game of vodka shots. Shot glasses are something you should consider for your glass collection at home. They do come very handy for parties and potlucks.
Drinks served in a shot glass are:
- Red headed drink
- Pineapple juice shot
- Fruit punch shot
You might have seen a single rocks glass used for serving whiskey. Though they come in a variety of sizes, the one commonly used is between 8-10 oz.
These glasses contain drinks that are most time consuming and require a significant amount of time to gulp down. That being said, you should invest in a single rocks glass that has a heavy bottom, so it's always good to hold them for long hours.
Drinks served in single rocks glass are:
Setting up a home bar is more than just setting up a space with alcohol. You also need to have the right set of home bar glasses in order to serve your guests properly, and there are many different options available for you to choose from. At Advanced Mixology, we are proud of our bar essentials collection and hope you give us an opportunity to serve you.
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