The first step to embracing your inner bartender is having the right drinkware for serving. Don’t worry—we’re here to help. Below we outline some staples we recommend having on hand, plus scroll on for the cocktail recipes featured in the video above.

Considered an all-purpose glass, the tumbler can be used for table wine—since a stem not necessary for heat control. It features a flat bottomed and is wide enough to take in the aromas of a fragrant drink like an Old Fashioned.

Besides their obvious use, shot glasses are actually quite versatile. They can be used to measure alcohol in cocktails, serve mini deserts like lemon parfait, or display single stem flowers.

Champagne and sparkling wine are served in flutes to make the bubbles last as long as possible, since their smaller opening minimizes exposure to air. Look for different shapes and detailing.

The highball is often used for cold, refreshing drinks served over ice. It’s perfect for serving perennial favorites like Pimm’s Cups and Gimlets.

A standard wine glass has a stem, and by holding it, you transfer less heat to the wine. You should always be able to fit your nose into the glass while drinking, since aromas is so important with wine. Look for broader openings for red wine and narrower for white.

The small tumbler glass is extremely versatile and can make a nice water glass in a table setting. It’s also a lovely choice for table wine.

Drinkware Barneys
BACCARAT Harmonie Tumbler #1 / MOSER USA Crystal Shot Glass Set / SIMILAR: LOBMEYR GLASS Crystal Champagne Flute / MARC BLACKWELL Northern Hemisphere Highball Glass / ZALTO GLASSWARE Crystal Denk’Art Universal Wine Glass / ICHENDORF Mobi Tumbler

Old Fashioned
Served in a tumbler glass
Muddle sugar cube
1 dash of soda water
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Regans Orange Bitters
2 oz. Buffalo Trace
Stirred. Rocks. Orange & Lemon Twists.

Blush
Served in a champagne glass
Muddle 1 large strawberry
1 oz. Denizen Rum
.5 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth
.5 oz. Lime Juice
.5 oz. Honey
Shake. Flute. Top with champagne. Lemon Twist.

Pimm’s Cup
Served in a highball glass
1/2 inch thick English cucumber wheel
1/2 inch thick lemon, sliced thin
1/2 a green apple, sliced thin
2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
4 oz. Sprite, 7-Up, or other clear citrus soda
Gently muddle the cucumber and lemon slices in a chilled highball glass.
Pour in the Pimm’s and soda of choice, and stir to combine.
Add ice to fill the glass. Mint sprigs to garnish.

 

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