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Glassware for Your Home Bar

December 18th, 2012 Bed and Bath

If you love entertaining guests and dig the idea of creating a bar in the comfort of your own home, you'll be happy to know that it's easier than you think. After you get the main ingredients, like liquor and a few basic bartending tools, all it takes is the right assortment of glasses. Depending on what you like to drink, here are a few glasses you may want to consider stocking up on, according to MarthaStewart.com.

1. Beer mug. If you and your guests frequently imbibe lagers and ales, it would be wise to have a few mugs on hand. Look for handles and varieties that you can store in the freezer so they will keep the brews cold.

2. Short glasses. Also called "rocks" glasses, these straight-edged glasses are ideal for liquor that's served with ice or a splash of juice. Look for one that holds about six to eight ounces of liquid.

3. Shot glasses. If you're into mixing sophisticated shots or just measuring out a portion of liquor, shot glasses come in handy. You could start a collection by picking them up during your travels or invest in a nice set.

4. Highball glass. These are good for mixed and carbonated drinks. Look for one with straight edges that holds about 10 to 12 ounces.

5. Cocktail glasses. These triangular-shaped bowls are perfect for martinis or cocktails that don't include ice.

6. Wine glasses. Red wine glasses should have a rounder bowl, while white wine is traditionally served in tulip-shaped glasses.

7. Champagne flutes. There's nothing better than cracking open a bottle of champagne for a celebration, so make sure to have a few tall flutes on hand.

8. Cordial glass. These stemmed glasses are smaller than wine glasses and perfect for a small serving of your favorite after-dinner liquor.

Publishers Clearing House reminds you to please drink responsibly.