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Kitchen Choosing the Right Glass

Which Glass Goes With Which Drink? Here's Your Ultimate Guide

Sip your next drink in style.

July 9, 2024 at 6:30 AM PST
Kitchen Choosing the Right Glass

Which Glass Goes With Which Drink? Here's Your Ultimate Guide

Sip your next drink in style.

July 9, 2024 at 6:30 AM PST

The candles are lit, the music is just right, and your friends are admiring your flawless taste in decor. Then, someone asks for a specific drink—are you the type to know exactly what kind of glass to reach for, or just grab any old cup? It’s funny that, as we get older, we start to have a preference for these things. If you fall into that category of having an affinity for glassware—or suddenly find yourself curious about it, here’s an overview of some glass shapes and how they can elevate your beverage-sipping experience.


Wine Glasses

Ah, wine. The elixir of the gods and the bane of every unprepared host. When it comes to wine glasses, there’s more than just one kind.

Red Wine Glasses

These have a larger bowl, which allows the wine to breathe and the aromas to develop. It’s like giving your wine a little extra space to do a happy dance before you drink it. Think Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

White Wine Glasses

Smaller and narrower than red wine glasses, these keep your white wine cooler for longer. Perfect for those crisp Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs.

Champagne Flutes

Tall and narrow, these beauties keep your bubbly, well, bubbly. The shape helps preserve the carbonation, so you get that delightful pop with every sip.

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Cocktail Glasses

Now, the fun stuff – cocktails. Whether you’re a mixologist in the making or just like to pretend you are, knowing your cocktail glasses is essential.

Martini Glasses

The iconic V-shaped glass. Perfect for James Bond’s favorite, whether you like it shaken or stirred. Just remember, the stem is there for a reason – hold it by the stem to avoid warming up your drink with your hand. Classy and cool, just like you.

Highball Glasses

These tall, straight-sided glasses are versatile and great for mixed drinks like a Gin and Tonic or a classic Mojito. They’re also perfect for those who enjoy a splash of soda with their spirits.

Lowball or Old Fashioned Glasses

Short and stout, these are ideal for stronger drinks like an Old Fashioned or a Negroni. The wide brim also makes it easier to muddle ingredients if you’re feeling fancy.

Brown glasses
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Beer Glasses

The world of beer glasses is vast and varied, and each type enhances the beer-drinking experience in its own special way.

Pint Glasses

The go-to for most beers, these glasses are simple and functional. They’re great for ales, lagers, and just about anything on tap. If you want to get specific, there are American pints (16 ounces) and Imperial pints (20 ounces).

Pilsner Glasses

Tall and slender, these are designed for – you guessed it – Pilsners. The shape showcases the beer’s clarity and carbonation, making every sip a visual and sensory experience.

Weizen Glasses

For the wheat beer aficionados, these glasses have a curved design that helps contain the frothy head and enhance the banana and clove aromas typical of Hefeweizens.

Specialty Glasses

Now, not every drink requires a fancy glass, but even your everyday beverages deserve some thought.


These versatile glasses are great for water, juice, and milk. They come in various sizes, so you can choose one that fits your hydration needs. Durable and often dishwasher safe, they’re a practical choice for daily use.

Mason Jars

Once reserved for canning, these jars have become trendy drinking vessels. Perfect for iced tea, lemonade, or even smoothies. They add a touch of rustic charm to your everyday sips.

Glass Mugs

Ideal for your morning coffee or afternoon tea, these sturdy mugs can handle both hot and cold drinks. They’re also great for showcasing those layered latte art creations you’ve been practicing.


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