1. For a child, the noble sippy cup is the drinkware of choice for any beverage. However, adult drinkware comes in many sizes and shapes, each designed for a specific purpose … and sometimes, that purpose is just to look pretty.
2. All-purpose drinking glasses hold anywhere from 5 to 12 ounces of liquid and can be made from almost any material: glass, plastic, wood, metal, and more.
3. Beer glasses
come in three varieties: pint glasses hold 1.2 pints of any beer or cider; pilsners are designed for lagers and are slightly smaller than pint glasses; beer steins hold 1 liter and are made from heavy materials with a sturdy handle.
4. Stemware - including wine glasses, champagne flutes, snifters, martini glasses, and margarita glasses - and tumblers are specifically engineered to enhance your beverage by optimizing temperature, fizziness, aroma, and style.
5. Budding sommeliers need two types of wine glasses on hand. Narrow glasses keep chilled white wine cool, while wider glasses let you sniff your heavy red wine as you drink it for full enjoyment.
6. Stemless wine glasses have a modern look but work best with red wines, as direct contact with your hand will warm the wine.
7. Wine decanters
let your wine breathe, which accelerates the development of the flavors. They also let you separate sediments from older wine for a cleaner taste.
8. Clear glass decanters are best so you can see how much wine you have left and control the flow better while you're pouring. The jeweled color of your wine will also add to the aesthetic beauty of the decanter.
9. The wine surface area exposed to air should be as large as possible, but have a stopper or cover for your decanter– little insects are quite the oenophiles.
10. Carafes and pitchers
are both decorative and functional, so choose a shape that is attractive yet easy for you to handle. Glass carafes work well with colorful juices, but hot beverages should be stored in stainless steel.