The 13 Types of Cocktail Glasses You Need for Your Home Bar by Adam Santa Maria
We're Gonna Need A Bigger Glass
Yes, a pitcher isn’t technically a type of glass per se, but boy are they important for entertaining a crowd or an insatiably thirsty friend. Pitchers are the ideal vessel for storing big-batch drinks compared to a punch bowl and ladle as they’re easier to transport, easier to pour, and less of a hassle. Even if you’re not making cocktails, a great pitcher is a staple in a stocked kitchen or any complete home.
Having a well-stocked, built-out bar is a rite of passage for adulthood. Not only does having a complete bar require possessing the right bottles of spirits, but it also means that you’re going to need the proper glasses for enjoying said spirits. While it may seem like overkill, the shape and variety of a cocktail glass greatly influence the user’s tasting experience. So, if you’re going to spend your hard-earned money on the good stuff, you best have the proper vessels in which to drink it so you can enjoy it properly. That’s why we’ve come up with this guide for the essential types of cocktail glasses for your home bar.
Cocktail glasses are primarily designed for insulation purposes and to capture the necessary aromas of a drink. Given the wide variety of cocktails out there (trust us, there are too many to count) you’re going to need a wide variety of glasses in which to serve them. While we’re not going to list every purpose-built glass in existence, we have curated a list of thirteen essential glasses that will empower you to serve and enjoy virtually any libation under the sun. It may seem like a lot, but if you follow this guide, these glasses will elevate you from budding mixologist to host with the most.