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Friday, June 22, 2018

Re-purposed sparkling cider bottles used for chilled water

In addition to serving blackberry lemonade in our new punchbowl at the reception a couple of weeks ago, we also had chilled water available on a few tables in the house. I save glass bottles that I find attractive in shape or color. I had a total of 6 clear glass bottles that I wanted to reuse for chilled water for this event. Some of the bottles had a unique shape or tint to the glass, which I felt made the presentation of the chilled water more interesting.

I have found that the paper labels on the sparkling cider bottles are relatively easy to remove with a bit of soaking in water (compared to something like the labels on peanut butter jars). Once the labels are off, there is the "sell-by" stamp to remove.

This is easily done with a little baking soda on a rag. The stamp literally rubs right off with the baking soda.

half of stamp rubbed off with baking soda
now completely gone

With bottles completely cleaned, the evening before our reception I filled the bottles, recapped, and chilled in the fridge overnight. The next day, I placed filled bottles, along with stacks of cups, in key places where guest might congregate. The bottles served an extra purpose in their lives, and looked attractive in the process.

I had been thinking, this might be a good way to serve homemade lemonade or iced tea at backyard BBQs this summer.


  1. Another nice touch to your reception. I generally don't buy anything that comes in a fancy bottle like that. How long have you been saving them to get enough for the reception?

    1. Hi live and learn,
      I don't buy anything that comes in fancy bottles, either. But my guests sometimes do! When we host a holiday dinner, I have some family members who almost always bring a bottle or two of sparkling cider. I've been saving glass bottles for a few years. I picked these out of my saved collection. The oldest bottle in this set is probably about 8 years old, and newest is from Easter. Not shown in this photo was a vodka bottle, leftover from years of making my own vanilla extract. I've used these bottles for chilled water on the dining room table, wrapped in a cloth napkin, like this:

      We have a restaurant near us that reuses wine bottles for water on the tables. They wash them out, but leave the old wine labels on the bottles. Makes for interesting reading.

  2. Never heard of using baking soda to remove ink on bottles, wonder if it would word on plastic? I buy large containers of yogurt each week (2 or 3 - LOVE plain Greek yogurt) and I save the containers for freezing soups and such. A few times I used nail polish remover to remove the ink on the plastic but felt that may not be the safest option. Thinking I'll give the baking soda a try.

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Shelby,
      that's a good question. I hope the ink comes off of plastic as easily as the glass. Hope you have a wonderful day, too!


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