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guide to glassware: Tips

So do you really need all these different glasses? Probably not. For a collection that'll give you maximum versatility in allowing you to serve just about any conceivable beverage in proper style, you'll do just fine with the old-fashioned, a tall glass (your choice of either a highball, tumbler, or Collins), the red wine glass, and the shot glass Cocktail glasses, though not quite essential, are nonetheless a very nice touch -- a martini in any other vessel really isn't the same.

Of course, you should feel free to get a little creative with your glassware as well.  Wide-mouthed mason jars (used for jams),  for instance, make a very nice substitute for the old-fashioned. The cheapest place to get new glassware is at restaurant supply stores (you can find them in the yellow pages -- just call them up and make sure that they're open to the public before you head over, though.)  Thrift shops, estate sales and garage sales are good sources for used and vintage glassware -- and remember, eclectic is very in, so there's no need to insist upon finding perfectly matched sets.

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