Flip top bottles, also called swing tops, are sought after for their vintage appeal. Wares of Knutsford supplies an enormous range of bottles in this style in clear or coloured glass and in sizes starting at 70ml and going up to a litre. Bottles come in all sorts of shapes from traditional straight sided to more decorative, faceted affairs and bottles designed specifically for sloe gin or lemonade. Miniature sized bottles with flip tops make great wedding favours!
Stoppers come in ceramic or resin and replacements can be bought from the Spare Bottle Tops page. Bottles can be bought singly or in packs, and larger packs make for more economical purchases.
Dandelion and burdock in flip top bottles
This is a very traditional, British root beer that can be made all year round by someone who knows their plants and weeds.
- 150g burdock roots, scrubbed and finely sliced
- 50g dandelion roots, scrubbed and finely sliced
- 500g sugar
- 2tbsp black treacle
- Juice of a lemon
- Beer yeast
- 4.5 litres water
Boil the roots with half of the water for about 30 minutes – they won’t smell very appetising at this point but don’t be deterred! Remove from the heat and add the rest of the water, sugar, treacle and lemon juice. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and strain into a clean bucket for fermentation. Cover.
Once the brew has cooled to room temperature, add the beer yeast, re-cover and leave for about a week. Decant into sterilised flip top bottles and leave for another week. Store in the refrigerator at this point to halt the fermentation process. Remove the tops carefully when ready to drink – the beer may be a little explosive!
Cream soda in flip top bottles
Another vintage classic, home made cream soda is about a million times better than the shop bought stuff!
- 400g granulated sugar
- 240ml water
- 1 tbsp good quality vanilla extract
- Carbonated water
Make a simple sugar syrup by adding the sugar and water to small saucepan and heating gently, stirring regularly, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Bring to the boil then remove from the heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
Stir the vanilla extract into the sugar syrup. Add the vanilla syrup to the carbonated water in your flip top bottle. You will need about one part vanilla syrup to five or six parts carbonated water. Serve over plenty of ice or make a childhood favourite ice cream soda with a spoonful of ice cream!