Best Cans, Flasks, and Jars for Outdoor Booze
Savoring food and drink in the sunshine and warmth is one of the many gifts of summer, but it’s not always as easy as tossing a bunch of things in the refrigerator and taking them to the beach, park, or grassy hill. Alcoholic drinks, with their glass containers and bullshit, are a particular problem, but we’re going to show you the best way to get a drink.
Canned Wine and Beer Foods That Are Worth Buying
Glass is the enemy of the picnic. Not only does it tend to break and cut people, but it is usually banned in public parks or on beaches. This suits me because I am personally involved in a crusade to make this summer a “Summer of Canned Drinks”. You probably already have a favorite canned beer, but if you don’t, here are a few of my summer favorites:
- 21st Amendment “Hell or Watermelon” – Don’t let “watermelon” scare you. This beer is fresher than sweet, and the melon aroma enhances the wheaty properties of the beer rather than darkens it.
- Sculpin Grapefruit IPA – What? Yes. I know this is another beer with a fruit in the name and you start to freak out, but heck, it’s summer now and the fruit is delicious. Also, as with the watermelon above, the fruit serves mainly to complement an already delicious beer. Here, the tart grapefruit is paired with citrusy and hoppy IPAs to make the drink extremely drinkable. (Sculpin also has Pineapple IPA and Mango Session IPA , but I haven’t had the pleasure of trying either of them.)
- The Pale Ale of the Oscar Blues Dale is just a good, well-balanced, hoppy, but not overly aggressive pale ale. The new Belgian IPA Ranger is also very good and balanced, albeit with a slightly more hoppy flavor.
- Montucky Cold Snack – Sometimes you just want a cheap carbonated beer from a lawn mower and Montucky Cold Snack is exactly what you need. I also love the name and packaging and they donate 8% to local charities.
In general, good canned beer is not difficult to find, because beer has been poured into cans for quite some time. Canned food with wine is a different animal, but there are also good ones:
- Union Wine Company Underwood Cans — Union Wine produces four different cans of wine: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, rosé, and sparkling. Pinot Noir is light, berry, with good acidity, while pink is melon and crunchy, but not sweet. I don’t really care about the sparkling drink on its own, but it’s great for mixing with juice, and its packaging and size (each can holds half a bottle) makes it perfect for mimosa on the go. I don’t care about Pinot Gris, it tastes sweet and metallic.
- Francis Ford Coppola Sophia Minis Winery – These small 187 ml cans are too precious – they even come with a small Caprisun straw – but what’s important is what’s inside the pink cans, and inside you will find fresh, juicy sparkling wine with a honeysuckle flavor. the wine will refresh and delight your mouth.
- Rose wine “Drop”. While marketing and packaging is a small “common step of brotherhood”, the rosé itself is not bad. It is dry, light, slightly effervescent, with hints of strawberries.
- Lila Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most fruity wines I’ve ever tasted and its fruit is passionfruit. This is great news if you love passion fruit.
As for the more complex things, the canned food is small. Cocktails seem to be an exception to my summer canned aesthetic, although I really love Gordy’s canned pickle , which makes dirty al fresco martinis easily accessible. Anyway, since there are no decent canned cocktails available, we need to use more DIY approaches.
Mix and drink cocktails on the go
We’ve already discussed premixing cocktails , but to reiterate, there are a few rules to keep in mind. First, if you have freshly squeezed juice in your shake, make it daytime to ensure maximum flavor. If you’re making a 100% alcoholic beverage, you can make it a day or two ahead of schedule, just keep it in the refrigerator.
When it comes to recipes, I prefer to use no more than three ingredients with simple ratios. (Because nobody wants to increase the volume of “one bar spoon of China and China.”) Since it’s summer now, follow the margarita / snack / sour drink formula and make a large batch of something citrus. For a 32 ounce serving, you will need:
- 13 ounces of liquor (tequila, cognac, rum, vodka, bourbon, etc.)
- 8 ounces triple seconds
- 250 grams of citrus juice (lime or lemon)
- 6 ounces bottled or filtered water
Regardless of which alcohol or juice you choose, you end up with something pretty tasty. (Oh, and if you’re wondering what water is, it should mimic the melting ice that occurs when stirring a cocktail and helps “finish off” the alcoholic bite.)
If you just want to add something to your lemonade and take it with you, there’s no shame in going down the Pinterest route, grabbing a bottle of store-bought lemonade (I personally like the line “Simple”) and pouring in a little and pouring it over. favorite clear liquor. (I say clear liquor because it doesn’t change the color of the lemonade, which allows you to be tricky.)
Be careful with matching flasks and bottles
Speaking of meanness, let’s talk about flasks and other systems for transporting alcohol. In my opinion, flasks should strike a balance between form and function, and the following fits the bill:
- The Stanley Classic flask is airtight, with a wide mouth for easy filling and pouring, and is attractive and sexy.
- While it’s designed to hold wine (up to a few days!), There’s no reason you can’t fill the discreet lightweight Platypus PlatyPreserve with bourbon.
- Nobody wants a titanium flask, but “need” is a funny word. It’s expensive, but as the copy points out, titanium is “one of the lightest and strongest metals on earth and very inert, making it one of the best metals for flasks,” making this titanium bulb from Snowpeak semi-practical but very enjoyable. purchase.
- There is something wrong with Nalgene and this 12oz flask is cheap, durable and BPA free.
If you plan on dispensing and drinking cocktails, as we discussed earlier, you will need a larger bottle, and these are three of my favorites:
- Hydro Flask – This reusable, easy-to-clean stainless steel bottle does not flavor your cocktails, is double insulated and can keep your drink cold for up to 24 hours. (Supplied in 18, 32, 40, and 64 oz sizes.)
- Cork – Did you know that something might have triple insulation ? I didn’t know, and now I want to know how far science can propel us with isolation levels, but I digress. The Corkcicle dining room is actually triple-insulated to provide 25 hours of cold. (Supplied in sizes 9, 16, 25, and 60 oz.)
- Klean Kanteen – Similar to Hydro Flask, Klean Kanteen is also made of stainless steel and therefore lacks flavor and comes in a range of super cute colors. There are regular and insulated versions , and the insulated version is able to keep things cold for up to 100 hours. (I don’t know how many isolation levels we have here.)
In addition to cocktails, the above bottles and jars can also be filled with your favorite wine if your favorite wine is not available in a can. But whether you drink beer, wine or booze, the most important thing is that your drink gets to the party cold, tasty and not enclosed in an insidious glass, and I think you are now armed with the knowledge to achieve that.