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When it comes to stocking your home bar or bar cart, yes, having the right spirits is essential. But having the right glassware is equally as important. Whether you like to entertain large groups of friends or simply enjoy a solo cocktail after a long day, having the right glassware is important.
No matter your budget or style, here are the best cocktail glasses for all of your drinking needs.
Best Overall: CB2 Hydration is Key Barware
The CB2 selection of glasses and stemware can’t be beaten, both when it comes to style and price. Case in point: These cocktail glasses. Minimalists will appreciate that there are only two styles to choose from—a double old fashioned glass and cooler tumbler—though both are surprisingly versatile, and work well for a wide array of cocktails. Made of handblown glass with rounded bottoms, they also earn our vote for a substantial and not super fragile feel, without being too heavy.
Best Budget: Target Threshold Stemless Cocktail Glasses
Ringing in at less than four dollars a pop, this wallet-friendly option is ideal for the casual cocktail drinker or anyone looking to stock up on some extra glasses for a party. The stemless, flared shape is simple yet elegant, perfect for pretty much any type of cocktail. (They could even pull double duty as a chic water glass.) At slightly over 10 ounces, we also appreciate how much of said cocktail they can hold.
Best Splurge: Waterford Lismore Connoisseur Tumbler Mixed
For those looking to invest in high-quality glassware that will withstand the test of time, this classic set from Waterford is a great choice. The four options are part of the brand’s whiskey collection and include a straight-sided tumbler, rounded tumbler, flared sipping tumbler, and footed tasting tumbler, all in the signature Waterford hand-crafted crystal. Yes, they’re ideal for whiskey connoisseurs who will want to use them as intended, but we also think they look super chic mixed and matched at a dinner party. They’re the perfect gift too, particularly given that they can also be engraved for a personalized touch.
Best Set: Libbey Bar in a Box 18-Piece Assorted Glassware Set
Reach for this complete set and finish off your bar cart in one fell swoop. It contains pretty much everything you need—we’re talking four margarita glasses, four highball glasses, four hurricane glasses, plus four shot glasses. (Because hey, it’s always good to have those on hand.) To further help you channel your inner mixologist, there’s also a mixing glass and stainless steel strainer included as well. Also nice: Everything is made in the USA and is dishwasher-safe.
Best Martini: Lorenzo Import Invino Martini Glasses
We’d argue that the martini is perhaps the most sophisticated of all the cocktails, and as such deserves an equally sophisticated drinking vessel. Timeless and classic, this Italian-made crystal martini glass is understated yet quintessentially elegant. Not to mention that the simple style pairs beautifully any other type of glassware or tableware. Gin or vodka, shaken or stirred, straight up or with a twist, we’re willing to bet your martini will taste better served in these glasses.
Best Double Old Fashioned: Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge
Whiskey on the rocks is great—until those rocks end up watering down the whiskey. Enter this innovative solution. Simply place the included silicone mold into the glass and fill it up with water to the notated fill line. Freeze for at least four hours, then pop out the mold to reveal a perfectly formed ice wedge in half the glass. Add your whiskey (or Manhattan or Old Fashioned) and voila, a perfectly chilled beverage that won’t get diluted. Not to mention that it just looks super cool.
Best Highball: Crate & Barrel Vance Cut-Glass Highball Glass
Mix up your Tom Collins or Pimm’s Cup in this 12-ounce highball. The classic shape gets an added twist, thanks to the addition of linear cuts. Coupled with exceptionally clear glass, the vessel is brilliant and sparkling, ideal for reflecting light and making your handcrafted cocktail look that much prettier.
Best Coupe: Viski Raye Faceted 7 oz. Crystal Coupe
Whether it’s champagne or a martini, there’s something about sipping out of a coupe that feels oh-so Great Gatsby glam. The faceted crystal on this set of two only enhances those vintage, sophisticated vibes. A star-shaped base and triangular size make for a unique design that makes these glasses especially ideal for a special occasion. New Year’s Eve champagne, perhaps?
Best Specialty: Viski Angled Crystal Gin & Tonic Glasses
These may be designated as gin & tonic glasses, but they’re also perfect for other fun drinks, think an Aperol spritz or gin fizz. A wide balloon glass allows space for plenty of ice (important for these types of cocktails), while a wide mouth rim enhances the natural aroma of your chosen spirit. We also like that they have a stem for easy holding, though a shorter one to help distinguish them from wine glasses. Oh, and did we mention that you can get them on Amazon?
Best Style: LSA Handmade Tinted Utility Glasses (Set of 2)
If you’ve been on the hunt for more unique, out-of-the-box cocktail glasses, your search ends here. Available in three gorgeous colors (an amber yellow, midnight blue, and smoke grey) and three different shapes (a short tumbler, tall tumbler, and wine glass), these beg to be mixed and matched for a stylish yet relaxed aesthetic. They’re so pretty that they can even double as chic décor when they’re not filled with your favorite beverage; stash them on your open shelves or in those cabinets with the glass fronts.
Best Outdoor: Mario Luca Giusti Acrylic Victoria & Albert Green Footed Coupe
You’re having an outdoor barbecue and want to serve a fun summery cocktail…but don’t want to have to worry about broken glass or handwashing glasses after. What to do? Buy these stunning coupes. You won’t believe they’re acrylic until you actually have them in your hand, the style is that good. Bonus points for the fun footed shape and vibrant green color that is sure to spice up any outdoor (or heck, indoor, for that matter) gathering.
Best Color Options: Il Buco Pienza 10 oz Tumbler
Anyone who finds clear glasses to be a little bit basic will appreciate the rainbow of colors that this simple-yet-versatile tumbler comes in. There is, of course, your standard clear, but also six other gorgeous hues to choose from—a moody smoke, feminine pink blush, summery sky blue, sophisticated amber, vibrant mint green, and chic rose. Whether for cocktails, wine, or water, they’re sure to make you smile.
Best Liquer Glass: Fferrone Design Revolution Liqueur/Espresso
Consider these your go-to glasses for after-dinner sipping. Hand-crafted in the Czech Republic, the four inch-high vessels seem to combine two glasses in one—and indeed, you can fill up either side based on the amount of liquid you’d like. Pour in some sherry or even espresso and watch how the liquid seems to be floating in the air. Mark our words, it’s a great party trick.
Best for Hot Drinks: HAY Borosilicate Mug
There’s no better option for a hot toddy, spiked cider, or mulled wine. Made of heat-resistant borosilicate glass—a unique type of glass that is more resistant to thermal shock than other glass, i.e. won’t crack when it gets hot—these handled mugs are perfect for any type of hot beverage. With a classic shape and amber color, we also appreciate their mid-century vibe.
Best Tapered Glasses: Bomshbee Angled Taper Glasses (Set of 2)
A classic tumbler gets a fun upgrade when it comes in two different shades and has a fun angled rim. There’s both a tall and short version, and they come in sets of two; we suggest mixing and matching the sizes and colors for an interesting variety that would look especially pretty for any summertime soiree. Bonus points for the fact that they’re also made of borosilicate glass, ensuring that they’re extra sturdy.