Types of Glassware and Their Uses

By Natasha Gilani

From tumblers to champagne flutes, glassware is used to serve water, cocktails, beer, liquor, wine, coffee, tea and other beverages. With a wide variety of sizes and shapes, each one has a purpose.

Types of Glassware and Their Uses
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Types of Glassware and Their Uses

Barware

Craft beer in the glass
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Craft beer in the glass

Alcoholic drinks are often served in specific types of glassware. Common barware include the following:

  • Shot glass
  • Beer mug
  • Rocks glass (for liquor on the rocks)
  • Beer goblet
  • Snifter (for bourbon, brandy and whiskey, neat)
  • Champagne flute
  • Pilsner glass (for beer)
  • Pint glass (for beer)
  • Martini glass

Crystal Glassware

Crystal glass
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Crystal glass

A highball glass is a tall, slender crystal glass commonly used for iced or mixed drinks.

  • Darice highball glass: A blue glass used to serve a variety of mixed drinks, like the screwdriver, piña colada and Long Island iced tea.
  • Devonna highball glass: A mouth-blown, hand-cut, cobalt blue crystal glass. It weighs twice as much as a typical glass and is popular for its durability and strength.
  • Earwine highball glass: Available in azzurro light blue, amethyst purple, dark ruby red, cobalt blue and emerald green hand-cut glasses.
  • Hathora highball glass: A black crystal glass typically used to serve cocktails.
  • Luperca highball glass: A cobalt and opal blue crystal glass that's formed by binding together three layers of crystal.
  • Marsala Collins glass excelsior: Available in six colors and used to serve alcoholic drinks.

Stemware

Wine glasses
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Wine glasses

Stemware is a type of glassware that sits on a base and is typically used for formal family gatherings and holidays; the most well-known is the wine glass. Other types include the following:

  • Claret glass
  • Bordeaux glass
  • Cocktail glass
  • Cordial glass
  • Sherbet glass
  • Chalice
  • Goblet (often used for water)

Red wine is typically served in stemware that has a wide, open bowl, and white wine is served in stemware with a narrower bowl.