The 7 Best Flasks of 2022

The right vessel to take your drink to go

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Whether you prefer sipping whiskey or another spirit, a flask lets you enjoy a drink when you’re out and about: think a nip or two on the golf course, a wee dram or a large pour while sitting around a campfire, or even a sip with a beer chaser while tailgating. These smaller vessels save space, making potent potables more portable and discreet than a bottle and cup. Flasks also make great gifts (hello, groomsmen and best men) and heirlooms to pass down.

These days, most flasks are made of stainless steel; lesser versions of the alloy can impart a bit of unwanted flavor to your spirit, so choose a high-quality option or consider an alternative material. Ahead, the finest flasks to fill and take on the go.

Best Overall: Stanley Classic Flask

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Stanley Classic Flask

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The vintage look of this flask is a throwback to the days of the thermos lunch, and the design is simple and near perfect. It fits easily into most pockets and is rugged enough to get knocked around in a cooler or backpack. Lined with BPA-free stainless steel, it’s rustproof and features a cap mounted to a hinge so you can’t drop or lose it. A wide mouth makes it easier to take a good belt from the 6.4-ounce vessel.

Best Budget: Bormioli Rocco Pocket Flask With Hermetic Lid

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Bormioli Rocco Pocket Flask With Hermetic Lid

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This glass flask from Bormioli Rocco is a nice option for those on a budget. It’s super affordable, holds 8.5 ounces of liquid, and is made of glass, which won’t impart any unwanted flavors. Of course, glass is fragile, so if you’re hiking or popping it into a golf bag or even a picnic basket, you might want to make sure to provide adequate padding to prevent breakage. The flask is on the heavier side at 12 ounces empty, but it is a large vessel that will hold about a third of a standard bottle of booze.

Best Ceramic: Misc. Goods Co Ceramic Flask

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Misc. Goods Co Ceramic Flask

While metal flasks are typically quite durable, some variations of steel can impart a bit of flavor into any spirit they hold. A ceramic flask like this one from Miscellaneous Goods will help preserve the taste of your drink as intended when it went into the bottle. Quarter-inch thick porcelain makes this flask hefty in the hand, but that’s something you want when you’re holding 11 ounces of spirit. A cork stopper lashed in place by a leather strap keeps the hooch from spilling in your pocket or pack, so you won’t reek of booze.

Best for Outdoor Adventures: Snow Peak Titanium Flask

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Titanium weighs about half as much as stainless steel. When you’re backpacking, every ounce counts, so a flask made of this lightweight metal is worth considering. Titanium is also “flavor-resistant” so it won’t taint your tipple with unwanted metallic notes. This one from Snow Peak holds 5.8 ounces and weighs a scant 3.2 ounces empty. Made in Japan, it comes with a nice pouch you can use to prevent scratches and a funnel for filling it up with your preferred hooch.

Best for Fishing: Orvis Fish Flask

Orvis Fish Flask

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For those who like to take a nip while fishing or drinkers who just dig the aesthetic, Orvis offers this lovely flask that features a sculpted fish. The piece, which is made from pewter in Sheffield, England, holds 2.5 ounces of spirit and measures 5.25 x 2.25 x .75 inches. It’s a handsome piece for any collector, and for fans of personalization, Orvis offers personalized engraving for a small fee.

Best Gift: Barbour Hip Flask

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barbour tartan hip flask

Not only is the Barbour's tartan wrap stylish, but it also makes gripping the flask a little less slippery. While tartan is traditionally Scottish, you aren’t limited to storing single malts exclusively, and the leather-trimmed design will please even the pickiest of recipients. A 6-ounce capacity makes this vessel perfect for pocketing a few nips, and the hinged arm prevents the cap from falling off or getting lost.

Best Insulated: Denver & Liely Traveller

Denver & Liely Traveller

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The Denver & Liely flask is both thoughtful and snazzy. It holds a full 8 ounces of liquid and is insulated, so it can easily keep a double of whatever cocktail cold on the go. Double-walled stainless steel construction gives it a rugged utility, and a carabiner lets you clip it to the exterior of a bag or backpack. The wide mouth makes it easy to sip from and clean when you make it back home.

What to Look for When Buying a Flask

Use

One of the most important decisions you'll make before you buy a flask is to decide what you will use it for. Will it be used for hiking and camping trips? If so, then it will get jostled around a bit and most likely hang out in a backpack when not in your hand. Will it be used for sipping when you're sitting out on your deck or attending an event? If this is the case, then it probably doesn't need to be quite as durable.

Material

Flasks come in many different types of material, including stainless steel, titanium, ceramic, pewter, and even glass; although, nowadays most flasks are stainless steel. Consider whether you want a flask that's rugged and sturdy enough to so handle those trips you might make, or is it pretty and delicate enough to sit next to you on a table as you enjoy an evening on the patio. 

Style

Shape, color, design, and even the width of the mouth all come into play when deciding what you want your flask to look like. It's in your corner, as only you know what you really want. Also keep in mind that there are some features that make a flask easier and more enjoyable, such as being easy to drink from and clean, having a carabiner clip or neck hanger, and having a sleek curved shape so it can easily fit in a pocket. The weight and quantity of liquor it can hold are also important considerations.

FAQs

How long can you leave alcohol in a flask?

Flasks are meant to hold liquor for a short period of time—typically one to three days. Liquor left in longer in a stainless-steel flask can start to have a metallic taste, and some, such as whiskey, will turn darker in color.

What is the easiest way to fill a flask?

Most flasks come with a funnel that you can use to easily pour your liquor or beverage of choice into the flask. If you don't have a funnel, try using a measuring cup or another type of cup that has a pour spout.

How should you clean a flask?

Simply rinse out your flask with hot water if you've just used it. If your flask has a smell to it, you can pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup white vinegar in it, shake, fill the rest of the way up with water, then let sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Empty your flask, rinse thoroughly, and let dry before reusing. 

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Nicholas McClelland is a passionate whisk(e)y drinker who has written about spirits for Men’s Journal, Fatherly, and Inside Hook. His bar is deep with rare single malts, hard-to-find bourbons, and ryes, but he doesn't believe there's anything too precious to share with friends.

Updated by
Sharon Lockley
Sharon Lockley
Sharon Lockley has over 20 years of experience as an editor and writer and has been contributing to The Spruce Eats since 2019.
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