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As you gather and assess your summer entertaining essentials, don’t forget to make sure you have a good stash of outdoor drinkware handy. Whether it’s for enjoying lemonade on the back porch, sipping a chilled glass of rosé poolside, or having enough unbreakable glassware on hand for an impromptu barbecue, investing in some dedicated outdoor drinkware will prove invaluable.
There is, of course, the functionality to consider—durability and ease of washing are paramount. But outdoor drinkware also offers the opportunity to add some color and fun to any table set up, a chance to experiment with colors and patterns you might not otherwise incorporate indoors.
From water tumblers to wine glass (plus pitchers, punch bowls, and more), here is the season's best outdoor drinkware.
Whether you're spending your summer by the lake, lounging on your back patio, or making do with a city fire escape, colorful glasses are a surefire way to sweeten the experience. West Elm's Fluted Acrylic Glassware are minimal yet modern with a stackable design. You can choose from highball or double old-fashioned glasses in summery shades like pink grapefruit and silver pine or you can always go for classic clear.
Filled with water, lemonade, or sangria, Pottery Barn's intricate pitcher is sure to be a statement-making additional to any table. With an etched prismatic design, it looks nearly identical to fine crystal, but its sturdy polycarbonate material can actually withstand countless runs through the dishwasher, so you don't have to handle it too preciously. For a complete set, you can also pick up matching glasses and goblets.
Practical and portable, these two-in-one flasks are ideal for anytime you’re sipping on the go—say like the beach or a picnic in the park. Food52's High Camp Flasks keep drinks hot or cold for up to 24 hours, they feature a magnetic locking system so there’s no need to stress about spills, and the lids double as a built-in tumbler. Choose from two sizes (the larger of which can hold an entire bottle of wine) as well as three colors: stainless steel, copper, or metallic charcoal.
If you're a fan of mid-century modern design, these glasses couldn't be any cooler. The opaque tumblers, from Hawkins New York, are available in three retro colorways—smoke, olive, and blush—and come in sets of six which made them ideal for entertaining. Serving mimosas or sangria? You can even pick up a matching pitcher.
Hosting a crowd? Forget making individual cocktails—whip up a big batch and let your guests serve themselves from this spigot dispenser. CB2's stainless steel option offers a unique alternative to standard, clear glass dispensers and it works with any décor. Once outdoor entertaining season is over, you can fill it with fruit-infused water and set it on your kitchen counter for an everyday spa experience.
Wine carafes and decanters are notoriously delicate, which means bringing them outside is some seriously risky business. But with this outdoor option, you can go ahead and let that bottle of chianti breath without worrying about breakage. The Lily's Home Wine Carafe is made from durable Tritan and it can hold up to two full bottles of wine! It's also top-rack dishwasher-safe, so upkeep couldn't be easier.
If there’s one outdoor drinkware option that’s a total must-have, it’s a set of sturdy stemless wine glasses. The shape is great not only for wine, but also all kinds of cocktails and beverages. There’s no shortage of options to choose from, but Pottery Barn's Happy Hour collection gets out vote. The glasses—which are available in cheery shades of coral and aqua (as well as clear)—are made from shatter-resistant Tritan, making them more substantial than other plastic options.
Minimalists will appreciate the simple design of this clear, acrylic barware which boasts a rippled rim to mimic the look of handcrafted glass. The BPA-free and dishwasher-safe line is available in handful of sizes and shapes including cooler glasses, double old-fashioned glasses, and standard drink glasses. Pick up a handful of each to cover all of your beverage needs—at prices that are this affordable, you can afford to stock up.
You get eight tall acrylic glasses in this set, four of which are embellished with vibrant vertical stripes and four which have a colorful diamond pattern. They give off a vintage, mid-century modern vibe, and are whimsical yet sophisticated. The set also makes for a great hostess gift; perfect to bring to any summer soiree.
A hammered texture gives these acrylic, footed goblets the look of real glass. Lightweight and easy to hold, Ivy Bronx's Bedell Stackable Goblets come in sets of eight and your choice of four rainbow-inspired hues. They’re stackable for easy storage and while hand washing is ideal, they can go in the dishwasher (on the top rack) if you're in a rush. The 12-ounce size is great for cocktails or wine, though also works as a cute ice cream dish come dessert time.
Retro-inspired punch bowls are back in a big way and we’re partial to this hammered copper option which is so pretty it can easily double as a piece of décor. It comes with an accompanying ladle (necessary, of course), and while it does need to be hand-washed, it's coated with a food-grade lacquer that prevents tarnishing. We think it’s just begging for a big batch of Moscow mules, but we’ll let you decide.