The bar cart has made a huge comeback in recent years and has become a popular decorative and practical accent for at-home happy hour. When it comes to styling your bar cart and serving up delicious drinks, the right cocktail glasses are essential. Whether you're a budding mixologist or a seasoned pro, keep reading to learn about the 16 most commonly used cocktail glasses that every bar cart owner needs.
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Best for: martini, cosmopolitan, and any cocktail served straight up
Perhaps the most famous of all the cocktail glasses and a must-have for every bar cart owner—a martini glass features a tall stem and a cone shape with a wide mouth that enhances flavor and aroma. Use it for any cocktails served straight up, shaken, or stirred.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Best for: Bloody Mary, mojito, or any drink served with ice
A highball is a versatile tall cocktail glass that has a simple shape and is the perfect choice for any drink that's served with plenty of ice or toppings, such as a Bloody Mary. It's also a great glass for non-alcoholic beverages, making it an all-around useful bar cart addition.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Best for: champagne cocktails, Manhattan
Serve elegant champagne cocktails as well as straight-up champagne or Prosecco in a coupe. This sophisticated glass has a tall, thin stem and a bowl-shaped top that's sometimes adorned with a gold rim for extra detail.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Copper Moscow Mule Mug
Best for: Moscow Mule
This hammered copper mug is synonymous with a Moscow Mule cocktail and is a cocktail classic no bar cart should be without. The reason for the metal mug is that it keeps a drink extra cold, making it a great pick for any cocktail served with lots of ice.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Best for: margarita, drinks with a salted rim
There isn't a cocktail glass that's more fun and festive than a margarita glass. It's best known for its tall stem that keeps it nice and chilled and the wide rim that's perfect for a thick layer of salt and a juicy slice of lime.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Best for: champagne cocktails
For a timeless addition to your bar cart that you'll reach for over and over, get a set of flute glasses. Use these tall stemmed glasses for champagne, Prosecco, and mixed brunch drinks such as a mimosa or bellini.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Best for: Tom Collins, Long Island iced tea, non-alcoholic cocktails
Similar to a highball, a Tom Collins (named after the cocktail) is a tall and narrow tumbler that's a versatile vessel for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. It has enough height to hold plenty of ice and its simple shape also makes it a good everyday glassware option.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Best for: fruity cocktails
When you think of an umbrella drink, chances are you picture a hurricane glass. It features a curved design with a wider bowl bottom and a short stem. The tall shape makes it large enough for a tropical piña colada or daiquiri—the medium-sized rim is just large enough for a straw, an umbrella, and some fruit.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Best for: mint julep
As the name suggests, this metal cocktail cup is made to serve a mint julep, the iconic southern cocktail filled with lots of ice and plenty of fragrant mints. The metal cup keeps it extra cool, which makes for a refreshing drink on a hot summer day.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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Old Fashioned Glass
Best for: drinks on the rocks
An old fashioned glass is a glassware classic used to serve any drink on the rocks, such as whisky. It is sometimes also referred to as a rocks glass or a lowball, and you'll see plain glass versions as well as intricately carved old fashioned.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Best for: gin cocktails
A gin goblet is one of the largest cocktail glasses and its size and shape serve a purpose—the tall stem keeps your gin ice cold, while the oversized bowl can hold lots of ice and allow the aroma of the drink to shine.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Best for: serving shots and measuring liquor
No bar cart is complete without shot glasses, both for measuring liquor and drinking purposes. A shot glass holds about 1.5 ounces of liquid and is a commonly used unit of measure when it comes to mixing cocktails.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Best for: whisky, bourbon, mixed drinks
A snifter glass has a short stem and a round bowl that's wider on the bottom. It's designed to serve spirits straight up as its shape intensifies their aroma, but it can also be used for various mixed drinks.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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Best for: whisky sour
This elegant glass is best known for its signature namesake drink, a whisky sour. A cross between a coupe and a martini glass, this sleek bar cart addition features a tall stem and wide rim that help keep the drink chilled and allow for a smooth sip.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Best for: holiday punch, mulled wine, Sangria
Enjoy seasonal cocktails such as spiced mulled wine in the winter and fresh and fruity Sangria in the summer in a punch cup. This glass mug is designed with a glass handle that's perfect for handling a hot drink and is wide enough to hold fruit slices and cinnamon sticks.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Best for: any mixed alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktail
A mason jar's best quality is its versatility. From canning to everyday drinkware, it's also a fun vessel to serve summery cocktails or mocktails filled with plenty of ice and fresh fruit slices.