But what if the bottle was really his computer?
When Janos Marton polished off a 1.5-litre bottle of Ballantine's Scotch, he decided the container was far too nice to throw away - so he set to work and turned it into a PC.
The 33-year-old Nokia engineer spent £275 building his Internet-ready machine, which has 256mb of RAM, a 40gb hard drive and an Intel P3 processor.
Mr Marton began modifying computers six years ago as a hobby and started looking for something more interesting to use than a standard tower.
'I got fed up with the box-shaped white computer cases,' he said . 'Perhaps I should make a cluster of these. It would combine the fun of emptying the whisky bottles with some good company and building a high-calculation power cluster.'
Mr Marton, from Budapest, Hungary, drilled holes in the back and side of the bottle for the equipment and installed a fan to keep cool air flowing.
The father of two is not the first to build a computer from a household item. Others have been housed in pumpkins, guitars, toilets and even a barbecue.
A Ballantine's spokesman said: 'We are proud to have inspired such an innovative project.
'It is a credit to the iconic design of the Ballantine's bottle.'
See more pictures of his PC here