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.

By Cocktails 2007
Updated March 31, 2015
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Collins

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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 CollinsLimoncello Collins

Cordial

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

Coupe

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

Flute

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

Highball

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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 HighballVodka-Thyme Lemonade

Martini

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A long-stemmed glass with a cone-shaped bowl. For cocktails that are served straight up (chilled with ice, then strained).Recipes: Big Apple MartiniJames Bond Martini

Pilsner

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A thin, flared glass useful for beer as well as cocktails too large for a highball; can also accommodate multiple garnishes.More About Beer: Best American Regional BeersBrews of Summer

Pint

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A tall, flared glass with a wide mouth. For stirring or shaking drinks and serving oversize drinks.Recipes: Mexican Three-WayBicyclette

Red Wine

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A balloon-shaped glass. For fruity cocktails as well as punches; stemless versions are fine stand-ins for snifters.Recipes: O-Hurricane CocktailStrawberry-Lychee Punch

Rocks

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

Snifter

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

White Wine

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A tall, narrow glass. For wine-based cocktails; a fine substitute for a highball glass.Recipes: Bellagio MistWhite Sanguine