January is a time for new beginnings, we leave the hardships of the past year behind and look forward to what the new year will bring. But with our bank accounts hurting from holiday shopping, our middles expanded from holiday eating, well-intentioned new years' resolutions already out the window and the terrible cold and wet weather January is feeling rather bleak. We can't change the weather (as hard as we might try!) and we can't help you with your new years' resolutions but we can suggest what to fill your flask with this time of year to warm you in the cold and distract from your worries....
Below we share some ideas for a few warming tipples to fill your flask, but first let’s look at some essential tips for proper flask usage.
Temperature – Yes, we have to state the obvious here – whatever you put in your flask should be drinkable at room temperature or slightly warmer (if you carry your flask close to your body the temperature will increase). Many spirits we enjoy chilled, and/or over ice, will not work in a flask. It is also advisable not to use any cream-based spirits as the temperatures mean they can go off quickly, not to mention, it’s not easy to clean out of the flask when you are finished.
Materials – What is your flask made from? Most are made from stainless steel, but you will also find aluminium, pewter and even solid silver. Make sure you check what spirits/liquids are safe for your flask before filling it! For example, aluminium does not react will with acidic liquids so you should avoid citrus juices and other acidic beverages.
Water – This is an often overlooked element of flask cocktails. Water is naturally added when mixing a cocktail because of the ice it’s mixed with. When mixing for a flask you would not use ice so will need to compensate by adding a little water – it’s not an exact science and will vary based on type of cocktail and personal taste so you may need to experiment a bit to find your perfect balance.
Size – Flasks come in different sizes so make sure you know how much liquid your flask will hold so you can mix the right quantities. The most common size flask is about 6oz-8oz so you may need to adjust recipes accordingly.
Filling – If your flask didn’t come with a small funnel we highly recommend getting one as it will make filling your flask much easier! If you are filling your flask with a mixed cocktail then it’s always a good idea to mix up first before decanting into your flask.
Time – How long will your drink last stored in your flask? Ideally, you should consume your flask contents on the day you fill it. But depending on the spirit/cocktail and material of your flask (some will adopt a metallic taste from the metal quicker than others), you should never exceed a week (and many wouldn’t suggest even that long).
Here are some of our favourite flask cocktails….
- Lemon Juice
- Apple Brandy
- Splash of lemon juice
- A touch of maple syrup
Copa Del Diablo
- Apple brandy
- Spiced Rum
Mulled Apple Juice
- Apple juice