Whether you frequently entertain guests in your home or simply enjoy a cocktail after a long day, your home bar should have an appropriate selection of glassware and tools to make pouring a drink effortless.
The number and types of bar glasses you keep will depend on what you and your guests prefer to drink. At minimum, you should have tumblers, highball, and beer or wine glasses.
– Tumblers are short, flat-bottomed glasses that are available in several sizes. You might want 6-ounce glasses for drinks served straight and the 8- to 10-ounce size for mixed drinks.
– Highball glasses are tall, narrow glasses that are typically used to serve a Collins. The 10- to 12-ounce size is a nice all-around choice, and it can be used to serve club soda or soft drinks to guests that choose not to imbibe.
– If you are a beer connoisseur, you might want a selection of mugs, pilsner glasses and pint glasses. For the more casual beer drinker, the pint glass is currently the most popular.
– Wine glasses are available in a dizzying array of shapes and sizes, but you can get away with only two: a glass with a large round bowl and one with a taller, narrower shape.
In addition to these basics, your personal tastes and those of your guests may lead you to add champagne flutes and brandy snifters to the mix.
Bar glassware is available at several quality levels, beginning with cut leaded crystal. While beautiful, this choice is expensive and requires careful handling.
Less expensive crystal is popular, and as long as it is heavy and attractive and is not washed in the dishwasher, it may suit you perfectly.
If the budget is tight, pressed glass is a fine choice. This is the least expensive but can be purchased in mid-priced and discount retail stores. Attractive sets are available that will serve you well and will not break the bank if one occasionally shatters.
For a fun, shabby-chic option, visit your local thrift store. A mix of sizes and patterns can be bought very cheaply and adds a touch of whimsy to your bar.
Besides glassware, you need a good set of bar tools. Whether you buy a packaged set or look for the pieces individually, you should have a shot glass with ounce markings, a stainless steel mixing cup, a strainer, spoon and sharp paring knife, a small cutting board, and an ice bucket. Add a quality blender if you will be making frozen drinks.
A bar is a fun addition to your home. With the right glasses and tools, it is easy to impress your guests or just mix that after work G&T with a little extra flair.