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where to buy glass bottles

Where can I buy glass bottles in the cambridge, arlington, or burlington area ? I tried China Fair on mass ave - none- and the brew shop up the street from it - only cases. I need only a half dozen for liqueur gifts.

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  1. I often do homemade infusions as gifts, and try to package them prettily. I have used inexpensive lead crystal decanters from Target, which are nice, as they can be reused. I've also bought wine kits -- bottles, synthetic corks, and plastic capsules that you shrink on with a hair dryer -- online (many sources, easy to find), and Photoshopped up some cool stick-on labels for the front and back. Last, I write and print up a matchbox-sized bartending guide of cocktails, including at least one original recipe, that use the liqueur, and hang it off the neck.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      I would caution using lead crystal for liquid storage because of the oft-mentioned dangers of lead leeching.

    2. Give Michael's (the craft store) a try. I don't know about bottles for liquor, but I was amazed by their selection of pickling jars.

      1. Pier Four. The best ones are the bottles that the french lemonade sold at Whole Foods Come in. They have those nice ceramic, rubber corks with the hinges attached to the bottle. Make a nice presentation.

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        1. re: emilief

          Don't you mean Pier One? I don't think that Anthony's Pier Four has empty bottles, just full ones.

          1. re: Chris VR

            Also, Homebrew Emporium on Mass Av in North Cambridge.

          2. Not sure if there are Cost Plus World Markets in the Boston area but they have a great selection of bottles in various shapes and sizes.

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            1. re: rosielucchesini

              I wish!
              Sadly we don't have any around here...

            2. Did you ask at China Fair or just look? Im fairly certain they have the ones with the white ceramic stoppers held on by wire. If I recall they are on the lower level.

              1. I used to make a lot of beer. Depending on the size you want, go to a liquor store with a good beer selection. Make freinds with the redemption dude(or dudess. Get the Grolsch or Grolsch type swing caps. I've found ones with handles. I've found 7 oz. ones, perfct for gifts. They may charge you the .05 deposit, or may ask for more. Either way, they need a case to redeem them so you may be doing them a favor. Soaking in water with Ammonia helps remove many of the labels.

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                1. re: trufflehound

                  I have bought bottles this way and it is good to be a frequent customer of a large liquor store for this reason. I would advise to buy the new rubber washers for the bottles and boil them before filling. You can get them at any home brewing supply store. I paid just the price of the deposit for 2 cases of Grolsch Bottles, 16oz.. Trust me, the price of Grolsch it was a perfect deal !! Good Luck !!

                2. Not sure if you have 'The Container Store' nearby? I recently purchased glass bottles for homeade limoncello there. You could also try online if nothing else works.

                  Try this link...

                  1. I've gotten bottles at the kitchen store next to the Concord Cheese Shop (downtown Concord) that I use for infused liqueur. These are nice bottles with a swing arm and a plastic/rubber seal. Also, the crafts store A. C. Moore carries some bottles as well, but these have a cork seal.

                    1. It is not local, but I just bought some from Specialtybottle.com


                      corked and swing topped bottles for less than $2 each!