Shelving for Liquor Bottles, or, How I Got My Drinking Problem Under Control

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So! When one is researching a book on botany and booze, one is required to have at least one example of how every plant might possibly be fermented, distilled, and bottled.

Which means that I have quite a few lovely bottles of stuff, and for a long time, I had nowhere to put them.

Liquor bottles don’t easily lay flat in racks the way wine bottles do. For one thing, they’re all different sizes. And for another, you tend to open a liquor bottle and not drink it all at once. (at least, I hope you tend to do that.) And if you lay it on its side after it’s opened, it can leak.

So what ends up happening is that either you have a deep cabinet or cupboard filled with bottles, and you’re constantly rummaging around to try to find the thing you need, or you have cardboard boxes from the liquor store lining the hallway.

I had both.

Now I have this.

I ordered these shelves online (I can no longer find the place where I ordered mine, but just search around for wall-mounted display shelves with a lip like these–or the more handy among you can just nail a little trim piece to a 5-6 inch deep board and make them yourselves.)

I mounted them to the wall with L-brackets and strung bungee cords across them to hold them in place. (This is earthquake country, but I’d use them anyway–I put these shelves in the narrow hall between the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room, where they could easily get jostled.)

It’s a great setup, and it holds most of my collection. The stuff that isn’t here includes assorted gins, vodkas, and whiskeys, which are stored in the aforementioned deep cabinets, which is not as big a deal because those are the staples around my house, and it’s no trouble for me to reach into the cabinet to find what I’m looking for.

So! There’s my liquid plant collection for you. Among the more wonderful items on the shelf:

Farigoule Thyme Liqueur

Averell Damson Plum Gin

and one of my favorite things in the world, the Italian Licore Strega.


  1. That is an amazing collection – where’s the Carpano Antica?

    Because some drinks I like call for a dash of this or that –
    And may come in a big bottle (Fernet Branca, Amer, Absinthe, etc)-
    I’ve begun keeping 2oz dropper bottles on the shelf
    With my bitters .

    I love pre-prohibition cocktails ( lots of different ingredients
    The more you get into this) and live in 400 sq ft – so this is a great solution.

    Maybe I’ll come see you when you’re in Albuquerque.


  2. My wife was looking up stuff about your book, and found this and called at me to come over and find a way to build this.

    This is brilliant.


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