Again, don’t go crazy here—you have plenty of time to accumulate fancy specialty glassware—and believe me, you will. For now if you’re just starting out, just get the basics. As one of my favorite cocktail books DIY Cocktails says, “The 2 most important questions to ask when choosing a glass for your cocktail are: 1. How big will my drink be? 2. Will my glass have ice cubes in it?”
For now, here are the essential glasses to start with:
4-8 ounce glasses, sometimes called “rocks glasses” since they typically used for serving drinks on the rocks
Both are tall and narrow. Technically the highball glass is about 8-10 ounces and the collins glass is about 10-14 ounces. But you can probably get by with one type of glass that holds about 10-12 ounces.
The classic cone-shaped glass on a stem used for chilled, strained drinks like martinis and manhattans. Technically martini glasses are usually a little bigger whereas cocktail glasses are a little smaller. But either should work fine.