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Nov 10, 2010 08:37 AM

Dropper bottles for homemade bitters

Just thought I would share this great source from ebay for VERY cheap dropper bottles for homemade bitters, etc. Got a dozen 2 oz bottles including shipping for $10! Wow.

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  1. The one description I read did not indicate whether it was food-safe for not. Could that be an issue? I think personally I'd prefer glass with a dropper, like the Bittermens bottles. I now vastly prefer that to the dasher because I have a lot more control.

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    1. re: EvergreenDan

      I have a bunch of bottles with eye droppers but find it a pain. I do agree glass is better. I showed the bottles I got to a chemist and he said they looked like polypropylene to him which is pretty tough stuff and resistant to alcohol.

      1. re: StriperGuy

        Turns out they are totally impervious to alcohol and perfect for dropping just the right amount into a cocktail. Great bottles.

    2. Alternatively, you could probably go to your locally-owned pharmacy (Striper: locally I'd try Skendarian, between Inman and Harvard) and get empty glass dropper bottles for an equivalent price.

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        1. re: StriperGuy

          Also, I know that the Boston Shaker in Davis Square carries dropper bottles. I've bought a few there but can't recall the price off the top of my head. Likely they'll charge a bit more than the place you mentioned above but it's a great little store and definitely worth a visit for cocktail enthusiasts.

          1. re: aphonik

            Should've thought of that. Thanks.

            1. re: aphonik

              I know he ordered more (2 and 4 ouncers) since I was there when he did about two weeks ago. Also small spritzer bottles to do mists.


        2. I use Great prices and great range of bottle types.

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          1. re: JMF

            Their shipping prices are brutal though... $13 to ship a dozen bottles...

            1. re: StriperGuy

              I always buy in quantity, so shipping is less, but their shipping is high. But the Boston bottles they have are really great. I use them for giving out samples of my prototypes, and for carrying syrups, tinctures, etc. when I am giving seminars, demonstrations,, and bartending at large events like bar shows and schools. I get both droppers and atomizer tops for them so I can pour, spray, or drop out the product as appropriate.

          2. On this subject, if anyone knows of replacement cork/spouts for vintage bitters bottles (the tiny mouth ones), I will be very, very happy. Perhaps they will have to remain decorative.

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            1. re: Up With Olives

              If you show a photo, I may be able to recommend a source.