The Complete Glassware Guide

Special drinks do look (and seem to taste) better in special glasses, although you can certainly serve almost any drink

The Complete Glassware Guide

Special drinks do look (and seem to taste) better in special glasses, although you can certainly serve almost any drink in a highball, white-wine, or even martini glass. One caveat: Since people tend to put their glasses down and then forget which one is theirs, you should have two per guest for each type of drink you plan to serve. Or write guests’ names on holiday gift tags, then tie them to the stems of the glasses as you hand out the drinks. Here, every type of glass you could possibly need:

• Martini/Cocktail (8-10 ounces, see photo): Perfect for those fun retro drinks. To many, a martini just isn’t a martini unless it’s presented in this classic V-shaped glass.

• Champagne Flute (7-10 ounces, see photo): Most champagne lovers prefer true flutes, which preserve the bubbles better than the wide-mouthed champagne glass.

• Old-Fashioned (4-8 ounces, see photo): The glass of choice for whiskey drinkers.

• Highball (8-12 ounces, see photo): Can be used for most mixed drinks.

• Classic Red Wine (8-10 ounces): This balloon-shaped glass is nice, but not necessary.

• Irish Coffee Mug (8-10 ounces): A handle makes it easy to hold hot drinks.

• Classic White Wine (6-8 ounces): The all-purpose glass.

• Punch Cup (4-6 ounces): These are to eggnog what holly is to Christmas-pretty essential for capturing the mood. Look for them in thrift shops and antique stores, and don’t hesitate to mix and match patterns.

PHOTO: © ANGELO CAGGIANO 

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