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Pretty bottles for gifts of liqueur? [MSP]

AnneInMpls Dec 14, 2009 12:56 PM

A friend asked me where in the Twin Cities he can buy attractive bottles for his holiday infused vodka. He thinks I'm an expert in these things. I'm not, but I hate to admit that, so I'm turning to you. I think he would be OK with either cork-topped or swing-top bottles (and maybe even screwtop bottles) but they need to be big - 500ml or 750ml - and they should be nicer looking than a Stoli vodka bottle with the label removed.

I know I've seen small bottles (for stuff like herb vinegar) at cooking stores, and plain wine bottles at brewing supply stores. But I'm drawing a blank for pretty, large bottles. Any ideas?

Thanks,
Anne

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    turtlebella RE: AnneInMpls Dec 14, 2009 01:17 PM

    I once saw someone who put homebrew in glass bottles they bought at Ikea-- pretty nice looking.

    They have a decent variety of bottles at Northern Brewer on Grand Avenue in St Paul. My husband used really nice bottles (slim and tall with cork tops) from them to put the limoncello he made in - those were too small for your friend but he should check out their selection...

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      LauraB RE: AnneInMpls Dec 14, 2009 02:17 PM

      I have purchased swing-top bottles at the Wedge (above the bulk oils, etc). Kitchen Window also has a nice selection of bottles. I think larger bottles are available at both of these.

      1. bob s RE: AnneInMpls Dec 14, 2009 08:01 PM

        I bought bottles at Pier One a long time ago. I don't have a clue whether they still carry them - or even whether they're still in the Cities. (I know I'm a provincial Uptowner.)

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          blue_skiesMN RE: AnneInMpls Dec 15, 2009 05:54 AM

          I'm a big fan of these bottles from Ikea:
          http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro...

          1. AnneInMpls RE: AnneInMpls Dec 15, 2009 09:12 PM

            Thanks, all! I think my friend decided on Pier One - there's one in his far-flung suburb, and the web site still shows those pretty bottles. But I'm keeping track of these other suggestions for my own use. (I've got several infused vodkas under wraps - grapefruit, coconut, and saffron - and maybe pomegranate, cranberry, and vanilla soon.)

            Anne

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              karykat RE: AnneInMpls Dec 16, 2009 06:38 PM

              One option for the future in case you don't find what you need is www.specialtybottle.com.

              I've bought swing top bottles and nice herb jars from them. Lots of options and pretty inexpensive.

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                MplsM ary RE: AnneInMpls Dec 18, 2009 12:24 PM

                Also, Goodwill , DAV, Value Village and Ax-Man are all great places to find bottles. You'll need to sterilize 'em and buy your own corks (Ax-Man sells corks, too!) but the prices are very good .

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                  turtlebella RE: MplsM ary Dec 18, 2009 03:41 PM

                  oooh! Ax-man was a good suggestion! I love me Ax-Man.

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                    The Dairy Queen RE: turtlebella Dec 18, 2009 08:38 PM

                    Ax-Max is so weird, and I mean that in a good way. You just never know what you're going to find there! Lately, I've been intrigued by the tiny Northwest Airlines forks (this is at the University Ave location. The forks are in one of aisles closest to the entrance.) http://www.ax-man.com/

                    ~TDQ

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                      MplsM ary RE: The Dairy Queen Dec 21, 2009 03:46 AM

                      I've been eying the NWA bento boxes. I've no earthly use for them, I just kinda want 'em. St. Louis Park location, on the 'mezzanine' level by the back wall.

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