The theme of this coming summer (and every other one for the foreseeable future) will be drinking outside. Rosé in the park, for example, or Gewürztraminer in the parking lot. But in order to make that happen, you’ll need the right equipment. Outdoor drinking calls for some spill-proof insulated vessels that can keep your Negronis cold and your Riesling colder. And, ideally, these beverage containers should also look nice. So here’s everything we suggest, from ostentatiously decorated flasks and oversized growlers to wide-mouth carafes and bottles with built-in straws for uninterrupted sipping.
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The Shiniest Flask Out There
Brümate doesn’t really do subtlety, and they have a huge range of outdoor drinking products, many of which are unreasonably shiny. If you’re in the market for an attention-grabbing flask, grab this 5oz one from their Glitter Flask collection.
Something A Little More Practical
With its 8oz capacity and more traditional profile, this flask feels slightly better for everyday (or every-weekend) use. You can fit two cocktails in here, or you can add some orange juice and get all of your vitamin C for day.
A Wide-Mouth Bottle
Staff Editor Carlo Mantuano swears by this S’well bottle (in this particular color), in part because he likes how wide the mouth is. And that feature is especially handy for when you want to keep your drink cold with some extra-large ice cubes.
The Big Growler
The day may come when you need to drag 64 ounces of beer, wine, Negroni, or apple juice to an outdoor gathering. And if that happens, this insulated MiiR growler will be there for you. As an added bonus, it also looks pretty cool.
How To Keep A Lot Of Drinks Cold
Another high-volume option, this S’well bottle comes in 40 and 60oz varieties, and the teakwood finish is convincing enough to cause actual confusion. The larger of the two bottles will keep you drink cold for up to 72 hours.
A Backpack-Ready Option
When it comes to lugging around drinks, Staff Writer Anne Cruz likes this Hydroflask. It’s the perfect size for a backpack, the sides don’t accumulate condensation (so all your stuff won’t get damp), and liquid stays seriously cold in this thing.
A Little Classic
Sturdy and leak-proof, with a timeless profile that won’t make you feel as if you’re carrying some novelty toy, this Stanley flask is perfect for any no-nonsense people who just want to enjoy 8 ounces of quality mezcal on a lawn chair.
A Mug That's Just Right
In terms of aesthetics, this simply designed travel mug from Fellow is one of our absolute favorite to-go options. These also comes in two highly practical sizes (12 and 16 ounces), and the openings of the mugs were modeled after wine glasses, so you won’t feel as if you’re doing your Chablis a disservice.
The Throwback Thermos
Nostalgic for those days when you used to go camping, make s’mores, run away from mountain lions, and drink soup out of thermoses? Bring those feelings home with this quality double-wall insulated Pendleton flask (made in collaboration with Stanley).
A Bottle From The Future
We’ve talked about Brümate’s Winesulators before and how they’re a great way to keep a whole bottle of wine cold. But if you’re too lazy to use glassware and you’re afraid that your wine will get inapproapriately warm once it exits your insulated carafe, allow us to introduce the Infinity Bottle. It has a built in straw. Enjoy responsibly.
The Fashion-Forward Choice
So many bottles and flasks out there aren’t covered in rhinestones, and that’s a serious issue. Fortunately, Collina Strada has you covered with this 24oz stainless steel bottle with a pleasant pink-and-yellow check pattern.
A Subtle Stunner
Oh look, that person’s drinking coffee. Oh wait, that cup’s too nice. Oh wow, it says Saint Laurent. Oh gosh, that’s probably not coffee.
An Excessively Nice Flask
Best Made specializes in high-tier camp equipment that’s arguably too nice to take camping. This engraved pewter flask is an excellent example. Take it to your next formal picnic.
A Lightweight Flask
The thing about this flask from Japanese brand Snow Peak is that it’s made out of Titanium. So if you’re looking for something durable and lightweight to take on your next hike, it’s what you want to go with. (It’ll also function just fine in a backyard.)
A Way To Wear Your Beverage
Is a bracelet flask really necessary? And if you do wear one, what does that say about you? Only you can answer these questions. A bracelet flask is like fame or extreme sports. It calls to some people, and not so much others.
Something To Ponder
We’ll just leave this here.