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Take a look at these types of glassware that you must have in your home bar. This will give you an idea about the basic shapes of each style of glass. When choosing glassware, these are five indicators: thickness, clarity, refraction, cut, sound, and weight.

Type Of Glass

Tumblers & Drinking Glasses

Tumblers and other drinking glasses are everyday essentials. For plenty of creative options, you’ll find this durable, versatile glassware in a variety of sizes, shapes, styles, and colors. Some are crafted of tempered glass, which makes them perfect for both hot and cold beverages.

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Red Wineglasses

Count on these glasses to showcase your favorite red wines – from an assertive Cabernet to a mellow Merlot, classic Pinot Noir or full-bodied Zinfandel. The large bowl is customized to highlight unique flavors as it allows the wine’s full bouquet to develop, eliciting every nuance of distinctive aromas. White Wineglasses – These glasses are designed to enhance your favorite white wines.

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Stemless Wineglasses

These ultra-versatile wine glasses are great for both casual gatherings and relaxed everyday sipping. The stemless bowls have a classic shape that enhances the flavor, aroma, and enjoyment of all your favorite wines.

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Champagne Flutes

The elegant silhouette of a tall, slender Champagne flute is designed to highlight the legendary sparkling wine’s distinctive bouquet – and preserve its festive bubbles. 

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Water Glasses

Water glasses are classic additions to both casual and more formal table settings. Available in a variety of styles from elegant goblets to sleek tumblers, they’re great for serving still or sparkling mineral waters. Or use them to hold beverages like fruit juice, iced tea or lemonade.

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Beer Glasses

From tall, tapering glasses to sturdy mugs, this versatile glassware is just what you need for serving for beers, ales, porters and stouts, either bottled or fresh from the tap. 

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Shot glasses

Available in various shapes in sizes, shot glasses are easy to spot in anyone’s bar at home. You should always have a collection of these glasses. For a hard night of partying, you know you’ll want these around.

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Highball Tumbler

Used for tall cocktails, a highball tumbler has a large volume capacity and allows for ice and mixers. Its ability to lend itself well to everything from cocktails to water to juice makes it a mainstay of a glassware collection.

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Tulip Glass

The snifter design of choice for cognac enthusiasts, a tulip glass is the original brandy glass, predating stouter, fuller versions. The lip flutes to bring liquid directly to the tip of the tongue for a fuller taste.

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You can buy glasses solo, or in sets. Sets typically come with 4-16 glasses. Some feature a specific style (e.g. white wine glasses), but you can also purchase variety packs (e.g. a beginner’s barware set). Depending on what beverages you drink and how often you entertain, you may want glassware to cover all the bases (water, juice, wine, beer). At a minimum, have a glass for each place setting (five place settings require five glasses). Thin crystal is conducive to shallow-cut and enameled ornamentation and feels light in the hand. Thick crystal accommodates cut decoration with deep grooves and feels heavy in the hand.

The lip should be flat—sheared as if cut with scissors—for a crisp, clean pour. The too-common bulbous rim is sometimes labeled a “safety edge,” but that’s a marketing dodge used to disguise cheap manufacture. It’s a hallmark of cafeteria-grade glassware.

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