Stock Your Bar With The Best Glassware

Whether you want to make a drink like Tom Cruise in 'Cocktail' and dazzle your guests with a fantastic array of cocktail mixing skills, or simply looking to enjoy a quiet after your meal meal, for all those wannabe bar owners out there. Here are the basic glasses every kitchen needs to serve those drinks…

Whether you want to make a drink like Tom Cruise in 'Cocktail' and dazzle your guests with a fantastic array of cocktail mixing skills, or simply looking to enjoy a quiet after your meal meal, for all those wannabe bar owners out there.

Here are the basic glasses every kitchen needs to serve those drinks with a flourish …

Margarita glass

Unsurprisingly, a margarita glass is often used for margaritas, although it can be used for any cocktail really. The wide bowl and thick glass are perfect for drinks that need to be served chilled, and the rim is the perfect size to be decorated with umbrellas, sparklers or orange slices. Gorgeous glassware!

Martini glass

Make like James Bond and order your martini shaken – not stirred – but, more importantly, make sure you serve it up in the right glassware. The martini glass is a little smaller than most, making it unsuitable for drinks with many ingredients, but the wide cone shaped bowl and flat base make it PERFECT for all those shaken and strained cocktails. 007 approved stuff!

Champagne flute

Whether you're in the mood for some classic champers, or a champagne-based cocktail, you'll need to get your mitts on a champagne flute. The slim and elegant glassware offers a narrow flute, trapping and displaying those delicious champagne bubbles to great effect. Bottoms up!

Highball glass

If classic cocktails, such as Bloody Marys, are more your scene, then you need to buy some classic glassware to match. Experts recommend a highball; these traditional tall tumblers are perfect for mixed drinks, allowing ingredients to circulate and prevent any settling. Now THAT'S glassware worth raising a toast for …

Stemless wine glass

Not in the mood for something as frivolous as a cocktail? Are you more in the market for a sumptuous glass of velvety red wine? Then you definitely need a stemless wine glass; perfect for red wine, this clever glassware allows you to warm the red wine with your fingertips as you hold onto your drink, for optimum taste. Delicious!

Beer stein

This one's a no-brainer; beer and ale drinkers will definitely need to make sure they have glassware suitable for their pint. A beer stein offers a twist to the usual pint glass thanks to its aesthetic traditional German design, handle and one liter capacity. A good old fashioned pint has never looked so stylish …