Every Friday we raise a glass to celebrate some of the best new boozy bottles to hit store shelves. This week, what with all the storms, you’ll find us cosied up underneath the spirits cupboard, gulping back the hard stuff for warmth. Hold the ice!
Twisting Spirits, by Lyon & Lyon
The folk behind Twisting Spirits used to spend their time coding apps from scratch, but now they’re more likely to be found minding the still at their own distillery producing some extraordinarily distinctive gin. Such gins naturally require distinctive packaging—in this case there’s a unique design for each variety. How’s that been achieved? Why through code of course!
“We open sourced their ingredient data, representing every ingredient as a colored bar—the more of it, the bigger the bar,” says design agency Lyon & Lyon.“Each flavour is printed onto its own tactile embossed GF Smith Colorplan, so it feels like it tastes. This also enabled us to have color inside the bottle.” Not enough innovation for you? There’s some lovely shiny foil on the label too.
Asimenia Limni, by Kommigraphics
Tsipouro is a clear grape brandy produced in Thessaly, Epirus, Macedonia and Crete, and it’s strong as hell. But the Asimenia Limni brand is an altogether more classy affair. The Greek name translates as Silver Lake in English, and the simple, refined blue and silver labels draw inspiration from local urban legends to support a lively motif. Don’t let looks deceive you though—it’ll still leave you with a headache if you’re not careful.
Absurdnost, by Juan Manuel Corredor
This particular tipple doesn’t exist in the real world—yet—and is in fact the brainchild of student designer Juan Manuel Corredor. He says: “Absurdnost is a bottle of vodka inspired by French philosopher Albert Camus and his thoughts on the absurdity of life portrayed in his essay The Myth of Sisyphus, as a response to Russian literary critic Vladislav Khodasevich and his poem Before the Mirror.” With that in mind Corredor has created packaging that draws from the absence of an inherent meaning in life. Not a bad theme to contemplate when you’re sipping back a cheeky White Russian.
Boilo, by Karen Kresge
Last but not least, a drink that’s sure to warm you up on these cold days. Boilo bills itself as “the high-octane Yuletide drink that has been served hot in the coal regions of Pennsylvania for over a hundred years.” Like a supercharged eggnog you ask? Not so much. More like a hot orangey moonshine with a spicy hit. We’re not 100% sure whether this is easy on the palate, but it sure is easy on the eyes, making use of a traditional woodcut aesthetic to evoke the era from which this drink hails. “The coal miner’s cure-all” indeed.
Time for a glass of water before we pour any more…