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When it comes to selecting glassware for the home bar, plenty of options exist, especially if you hope to feature your creations in vintage style. However, not everyone likes classic decor. Cut crystal stemware, hand-blown coupes, decorated etching—these are definitely beautiful options for presenting a fine cocktail, but for many of us, Mid-Century Modern designs are more appropriate, especially if the goal is to match other items in the home. Whether you are a fan of AMC's Mad Men, or you are simply drawn to that iconic look, we often stock such glassware in the Summit Sips Store worth investigating.

Whenever we find Mid-Century Modern items or designs that appear to match that aesthetic, we make a point to describe them as such. Pictured here are a couple examples, but you can always search the store for "modern" or "Mid-Century" to find out what we have

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Latest Glassware Arrivals

Etched Wine Glass

Etched Wine Glass

When we first decided to share our glassware collection with readers, we opened the doors of possibility, offering unique and inexpensive vintage and antique stemware to everyone. It was our hope that customers would be able enjoy their favorite recipes using glassware exactly like the cocktails pictured here on Summit Sips. We are pleased to report that many items from our collection have found new homes far and wide.

Whenever glassware leaves our shelves, it makes room for new items, like the wonderful set of etched wine glasses pictured here. We imagine using these glasses for everything from wine, water and champagne or for drinks like the Seelbach or the Oliveto. Actually, any recipe would work nicely in these gorgeous stems. To help folks find new items,

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Unmatched Sets

Unique Sets

When it comes to cocktail glassware, it's important to have a variety of styles to suit the drinks going into them. There's absolutely no reason for cocktail glasses to match—in fact it's better if they don't. Guests love having a glass as unique as their drink selection.

We occasionally assemble one-of-a-kind stems into a set of glassware. These Unique Sets sometimes represent great value when purchased together. You can also assemble your own unique sets by browsing our entire inventory.

Tiki Glassware

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The glass you use for a Tiki style cocktail can be as varied as the ingredients. Tropical drinks work well in a variety of shapes. Many call for call for crushed ice, but even with cubes you cannot go wrong with the traditional carved idol look of a ceramic tiki mug. Tumblers and and tall goblets work well for swizzles, and a bulbous snifter can be perfect for punches with lots of ice.

Check out the Tiki Category of the Store for options we think work well.

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Spotlight: Silver Lining

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There's something to be said about sliver-lined glassware. Take two identical glasses, one plain and another with a mirrored, silver edge. The effect seems fancier and more refined. Silver lining is a simple technique that can look amazing when done well. The application may highlight just a rolled lip or it can extend further down the rim like a reflective Art Deco or Machine Age pinstripe.

Silver lined edges can evoke a vintage feel that works as well with classic decor as it does with modern styles.

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Spotlight: Etched Designs

Ribbon Etched Coupe

Some of the most elegant cocktail images showcase recipes in etched glassware. There's something about an intricate etched design that lends itself to the idea that the liquid the glass holds is special, fancy and unique. Your guests have different tastes and will request different cocktails. Serving them in interesting vessels helps to emphasize that you value their choice. Etched glass takes several forms, from a smooth frosted look to fine-point grooves and ground shapes. Pictured here are some excellent examples of etched designs worth considering. Click the images to see items in the store that feature etched details. Be sure to view the detailed Gallery images for items of interest. To view past Spotlight items, Click here.

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Spotlight: Georgian Coupe from AMC's Mad Men

Georgian coupes as seen on AMC's Mad Men

The Georgian line of glassware has a look that's fancy without being over-decorated. The distinctive "disc" stem is easy to hold and is as functional as it is attractive. Perfectly sized, they boast a historic style that works well for classic cocktails served "up" and for champagne. The coupes even recently made an appearance on AMC's Mad Men. The Georgian coupes are available in several sizes, but the best are the 5 ounce or 6 ounce. Summit Sips often has a small stock of both! Click the images to go directly to the store. To view past Spotlight items, Click here.

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Spotlight: V-Shaped Cocktail Glasses

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Here's a fantastic set of v-shaped cocktail stems sized perfectly for classic recipes. Imagine serving your Martini, Vesper, or any "up" cocktail in one of these. This iconic style looks classy, but these are also practical. The solid stems will hold up to abuse and the rolled lip protects against chips. These integrate nicely with a mixed set of coupes, or build a matched set!

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Antique Glassware

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As many of you know, we have somewhat of an obsession with antique glassware. But, our interest doesn't actually force us to buy every stem that we see. With only a few exceptions, we try to find good values when out on the hunt. We like knowing that we have something unique, but that we didn't have to pay an arm and leg for it. That way we can use them at parties and won't be upset should an accident occur. Some people like matched sets. We understand that, and used to feel that way too, but one of the joys of owning even a single stem of a given style is that it helps to underscore how each cocktail you serve is unique. Rarely do guests all want the same thing, and giving them their selection in a special cocktail glass is another way to enhance the experience

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