It comes as no surprise that spirits and beverage industry has identified the ideal glass for tasting whatever product they're trying to sell. There are separate wine glasses for enjoying your pinots noir and pinots gris, a wide variety of glasses to complement a certain style of ale or lager, and specific glasses for "fully experiencing" tequilas, gins, and brandies.
Mostly, this is insider stuff, employed at competitions, industry events, and certain high-end bars and restaurants with expansive "programs." But there is one specialty glass that has made its way into the homes of consumers and fans since it came into production in 2001: the Glencairn whisky glass.
Here at ManMade, "value" is all about getting a product which has a quality you're comfortable with at a price that you're comfortable paying. For us, that means we're rarely recommending
You can buy new bottle cutters online (here's a good roundup of options) but their ability to cut different sizes, angles, and bottle shapes are severely limited.
Of course, there are loads of potential projects to be had, so instead of buying a bottle cutting jig, let's make one!
Have some old glass Insulators sitting around? This DIY project turns them into a great hanging pendant light for a stylish second life.
I may be behind the curve on this one, but I had no idea how easy cutting glass was if you have the proper tools (which are also surprisingly cheap). Ben Uyeda at Homemade-Modern.com posted this tutorial on how to make some streamlined desktop planters out of old wine bottles.
You can print on paper, you can print on fabric, you can even print on wood, but customizing glass has remained a little elusive.
Last week, I sat down (well, you know, on the internet) with Bread and Badger, a husband and wife team from Portland, Oregon, who make excellent etched pint glasses, coffee mugs, and other drinkware, all with graphic, manly imagery.
Tell us the story of Bread and Badger. What do you make? We etch glass and ceramic cups with my original artwork, focusing on designs that appeal to men. We mostly sell barware like pint glasses and scotch glasses, but our new line of ceramic coffee and travel mugs has really taken off.
From where did the idea for etched glasses
Bottle cutters were everywhere in the 1970s...tucked in with the macrame and string art kits, they allowed hands-on folks to create recycled vases from wine bottles, or drinking glasses from jars, cool lamps and lighting fixtures, and all kinds of upcycled goodness, like this great project by my friend Tyler Goodro:
Unfortunately, the kits are increasingly rare and growing more expensive on eBay, so it's a pretty big investment if you're just interested in learning and not planning on cranking projects out in bulk.
So, you know how people always joke about how hard it is to buy gifts for your dad, husband, or brother? Everybody falling back on tickets to a game or some "manly" personal accessorie.
But, I wanna talk about what you give your male peers and friends. Like, there's no way I'ma give my buddy a wallet for his wedding, or my brother-in-law a tie. What are supposed to give to guys in your own age bracket, with whom you're perfectly comfortable talking about relationships and feelings, but who's preference in aftershave is never your concern?
I'll admit, I've never seen (or heard of) the BBC series The Prisoner that inspired this fun, easy how-to project, but I don't care. Etching "You Have Just Been Poisoned" on the bottom of a glass is straight clever, and would make an awesome gift for anyone.
Webecoist sez, "Got a recycling bin full of glass bottles? Why waste them when you could have a new table lamp, candle holder, shelving unit, hummingbird feeder – even a house? Reuse beer, wine and liquor bottles for these 13 fun and creative crafts and projects for the home and garden."
Cocktails - like all fine things - have a culture, style, and traditional all their own, some of which is flair, but most of which comes from praticality and serving the best drink possible.
There are hundreds of styles of glasses, making it completely impractical for any home bar to stock all the options. Thankfully, that's a good thing - cause you only need five, which you can add as get excited about different styles of cocktails. The first three are absolute essentials, and the latter two are designed for specific classes of cocktails that are important to their enjoyment.
1. The Martini [or Cocktail] Glass: Traditional v-shaped