When setting up a home bar, you'll want to invest in a starter set of essential bar-ware. While you don't have to set up an entire bar in your kitchen with monogrammed bar-ware or stainless steel bar-ware, you will want to consider what types of drinks you will most likely serve and buy the corresponding home bar supplies and bar-ware glasses.

If You Plan on Serving Mixed Drinks:

A Sturdy Blender

A good blender will be dishwasher safe, have multiple speeds, and will look like it can take a beating.

At Least One Large Cocktail Shaker

When choosing a cocktail shaker, look for a stainless steel shaker that is big enough to mix at least two drinks at once. Choose a shaker that comes with a strainer for pouring drinks straight up or without the ice.

A Measuring Tool

This can be a shot glass or a jigger. Just make sure you measure how much the shot glass holds so you always know if it's serving one, two or three ounces every time you fill it.

Martini Glasses

These glasses can be used to serve classic gin or vodka martinis or any of the newer cocktails currently being poured into martini glasses for an elegant presentation.

Margarita Glasses

These fun glasses are perfect for Mexican-themed parties. Don't forget the lime and salt for the rim.

Highball Glasses

Interchangeable with Collins glasses, these tall glasses are perfect for mixed drinks and sodas.

If You Prefer to Serve Champagne, Wine or Beer:

A Multipurpose Tool for Opening Bottles

Look for a corkscrew that doubles as a bottle opener. Instead of settling for a traditional corkscrew, consider buying a rabbit or lever-operated corkscrew. These devices make opening bottles of wine or champagne a snap.

A Set of Champagne Flutes

Invest in a pretty set of champagne flutes, which are taller and more slender than white wine glasses. Remember that you can also make mimosas and Bellini's in champagne flutes.

A Set of Beer Mugs

Look for solid beer mugs or steins. The mug should feel heavy in your hand, even without liquid in it. It should be able to stand storage in the freezer so you'll have a frosty mug ready for serving upon a moment's notice.

A Set of Copper Mugs

Copper mugs are the latest in-trend bar-ware. Moscow Mules somehow taste better when served in them. Make sure you buy ones which are lined with another material on the inside. This will help eliminate toxicity.

Two Sets of Wine Glasses

Make sure to buy both red and white wine glasses. Red wine glasses are larger and shaped more like a bowl. White wine glasses are smaller and narrower.

If You Prefer to Serve the Hard Stuff:

A Set of Brandy Snifters

Serve up a generous swallow of brandy or cognac in these wide, bowl-like glasses.

A Set of Double Old Fashioned Glasses

These short and stout glasses are great for serving scotch on the rocks or bourbon and Benedictine.

A Set of Dessert Wine Glasses

Although they look like mini wine glasses, these delicate glasses are perfect for a sip of port after dinner.