It is commonly used for muddled drinks (because of the thick bottom) and anything on the rocks.
This glass is used for various mixed drinks and highball cocktails (highballs are traditionally just club soda + any spirit, but over the years the definition has loosened. There’s usually more mixer than the alcohol).
The highball and the Collins glasses are interchangeable.
For any cocktail or martini.
Your fancy lava flow or colorful frozen tropical drink is served in this glass.
For a sour, which is any drink that includes a base spirit, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener (and traditionally, egg white).
For frozen drinks like the margarita and also margaritas on the rocks.
Moscow Mule Mug
The Moscow Mule mug is a copper mug that keeps its namesake cocktail nice and cold. Find the recipe on Bon Appétit.
An absinthe glass has a thick stem and includes a change or etching in the glass to indicate when you should stop pouring.
A snifter is generally used for brandy or whiskey. The large bottom allows for someone to warm the glass with their hand and also for faster evaporation. The tapered top traps the aroma. You should fill the glass just enough so that if you were to tip it on its side no liquid would spill out.
Also called a tulip glass. Champagne flutes are designed so that you don’t affect the temperature of the champagne while you hold the glass. The glass is narrow to perserve carbonation.
You might recognize these glasses from the awesomeness that is a champagne tower, wherein bubbly is poured into the top glass until it trickles down into all the others. Unfortunately, the broad lip of a coupe glass allows the champagne to lose carbonation more quickly than a flute glass — so they are more often used for cocktails. Martini glasses and coupes are interchangeable for cocktails; it’s all about style.
This is basically a shot glass on a pedestal — but the after-dinner drinks or liqueurs served in it are meant for sipping.
The sherry glass, or “copita,” has a narrow brim to enhance the aroma of sherry. You can also drink liqueur or port out of it.
Bordeaux glasses have a broad bowl and long stem. They are typically used for full-bodied wines like Cabernet Sauvignon.
Burgundy glasses are broader than Bordeaux glasses in order to better assemble the aroma. This glass is used for more delicate wines, including Pinot Noir.
Chardonnay glasses have a larger bowl compared to other white wine glasses. The glass has a tapered top and a long stem to keep the wine cool.
The Riesling glass is taller and narrower than the Chardonnay glass. The glasses are made to concentrate the fruity aromas at the top of the glass.
Punch, Grog, and Hot Toddy Glass
When it comes to warm drinks or dipping in a punch bowl, a handle is a good thing.
For any wheat beers.
For light beers like pilsner or pale lagers.
Imperial Pint or Tulip Pint Glass
For Irish or English ales.
The English Pint Glass
For a wide range of beers, including English and American ales, lagers, stouts, and IPAs.
The American Pint Glass
For American lagers and pilsners.
Lil Jon And His Chalice
Use a Chalice when you really want to party