26 Feb

In honor of our MARCH MADNESS MINIATURE promo – we thought we would explore the history around the miniature liquor bottles.

Of course, our first research comes from WIKIPEDIA. The definition of these clever “party in your pocket” size beverages is: “A miniature is a small bottle of a spirit, liqueur or other alcoholic beverage. Their contents, typically 50ml, are intended to comprise an individual serving.”
Sometimes referred to as “Airplane bottles”, they serve as gifts, favors, samples or give-aways for people to try a spirit before purchasing the full size. You can find them in hotel mini-bars, on trains as well as planes, where full size products are not practical.
They are also popular at parties where hosts display a full array of different minis and your guests choose what they prefer. Always fun and no one feels like they have to commit to a full size drink they are not interested in.
Ebay, Pinterest and Etsy are full of “Collectable” Minis, clever creations, favors, and gifts. They even dress their mini bottles up in mini sombreros and shawls.
You can bring your own minis on planes as long as they fit into your quart size zip lock bag. One bag per person. You are not supposed to take them out to enjoy on the plane though. Ugh – isn’t that the reason you “carry them on”? NO! From the TSA: “No person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage.”
In my online research – I did not really find any explanation of the history behind the mini. We all assume that the airline industry started them to serve individual drinks aboard the plane, so let’s just go with that. They are handy and some come in plastic bottles, making them easy to carry along to concerts, picnics and sporting events.
March Mini Madness all month at Colonial Liquor – $1 on selected minis! (includes tax). ENJOY

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