Cocktail Clinic: Glassware Arsenal

Here are a few simple pieces—coupes, highballs and snifters—that no home bar should be without. We’ve included essential cocktail recipes that go with each.
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A taller and narrower glass than a highball. Commonly used for drinks served on ice and topped with a large amount of soda.

Recipes: Tom Collins • Limoncello Collins


A petite, tulip-shaped glass. For powerful drinks served in very small portions, dessert wines and liqueurs served neat.

Recipes: Pomegranate Margaritas • Coquito


A shallow, wide-mouthed glass. Primarily used for small (a.k.a. short), potent cocktails.

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A tall, slender glass whose shape helps keep Champagne and sparkling-wine cocktails effervescent.

Recipes: Sudden Headache • Americana


A tall, narrow glass. Helps preserve the fizz in drinks that are served on ice and topped with soda or tonic water.

Recipes: Rosemary-Mint Highball • Vodka-Thyme Lemonade


A long-stemmed glass with a cone-shaped bowl. For cocktails that are served straight up (chilled with ice, then strained).

Recipes: Big Apple Martini • James Bond Martini


A thin, flared glass useful for beer as well as cocktails too large for a highball; can also accommodate multiple garnishes.

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A tall, flared glass with a wide mouth. For stirring or shaking drinks and serving oversize drinks.

Recipes: Mexican Three-Way • Bicyclette

Red Wine

A balloon-shaped glass. For fruity cocktails as well as punches; stemless versions are fine stand-ins for snifters.

Recipes: O-Hurricane Cocktail • Strawberry-Lychee Punch


A short, sturdy, wide-mouthed glass. For spirits served neat and cocktails poured over ice.

Recipes: Apple Bomb • Pimlico


A wide-bowled glass designed to rest in your palm. For warm drinks, cocktails served on ice and spirits served neat.

Recipes: Orchid • Blueberry Tea

White Wine

A tall, narrow glass. For wine-based cocktails; a fine substitute for a highball glass.

Recipes: Bellagio Mist • White Sanguine