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Glasses that stand on stems above a base are known as stemware. Aside from creating an elegant line, the stem allows the drinker to hold the glass without affecting the temperature of the drink.

 

  • Cocktail

    This stemmed glass with an inverted cone bowl is used for a wide range of straight-up cocktails, including martinis, which is why it’s also known as a martini glass.
     
  • Coupe

    This shallow, saucer-shaped glass has a broad bowl that holds between 4 and 8 ounces. Though once used exclusively for Champagne, it is now also popular for cocktails.
     
  • Footed Tumbler

    Used as an all-purpose glass, this glass with an elegant foot has a more commanding presence.
     
  • Flute

    The tall, narrow bowl of this elegant footed glass curves slightly inward near the lip to retain the carbonation in Champagne. It is also used for certain beers, especially fruity beers.
     
  • Hurricane

    The pear-shaped curve of this 20-ounce glass, generally used for frozen and blended cocktails, is reminiscent of vintage hurricane lamps.
     
  • Iced Tea

    This 16-ounce footed glass typically has an oval shape and thick stem and is also referred to as an “All-Purpose” glass, making it idea for any tall, iced beverage.
     
  • Margarita

    This stepped-diameter variant of a cocktail glass or champagne coupe is the iconic vessel for the margarita—and it also happened to look like an inverted sombrero.
     
  • Poco Grande

    Similar in shape to the Hurricane, this one is shallower with a longer stem and holds only 12 ounces.
     
  • Snifter

    Also called a balloon or cognac glass, this short-stemmed glass has a wide bottom and a relatively narrow top. Its rounded contours invite the glass to be cupped in the hand, thus warming its contents.