The hip flask first became popular in the 1800s as a luxury item for the landed gentry. Later on, during Prohibition in the 1920s, hip flasks were the ultimate symbol of rebellion at all levels of society. The slim design of a hip flask made it easy to stash in an inside pocket, a boot, or a garter, thus concealing it from authorities. After Prohibition was repealed, the hip flask began to decline somewhat in popularity, but it never went out of fashion altogether. Nowadays it seems to be enjoying a comeback as young people are attracted by the social custom of sharing a flask with friends, not to mention saving money on mixed drinks.
The Modern Hip Flask
Nowadays, most luxury hip flasks are made of stainless steel, a sanitary and non-corrosive metal, and covered in leather or a decorative fabric. They typically range in size from 3 to 8 ounces, and they are still designed with a slim shape that can slip into a jacket pocket or a handbag easily. Decorative screw caps may be chromed for an elegant finish. Since monogramming is all the rage these days, many hip flask sellers offer the option to engrave or emboss a personalized monogram.
How To Use A Hip Flask
A hip flask is designed to hold any kind of distilled spirit. Popular options are Scotch, gin, brandy, port, and of course, any type of liqueur. Experts recommend sticking to a single beverage per flask, though, to keep the taste pure. In addition, it’s not a good idea to add mixers, like juices or sodas, which may leave a lingering taste or smell in the flask. Wash the flask out regularly with soap and water, and never let a beverage remain in the flask for more than three days.
A hip flask is a personal item, meant to be used discreetly and shared willingly. When taking a sip in the presence of others, it is customary to offer the flask around. Sharing a drink from the same flask is a type of bonding that makes enemies feel more friendly toward each other and makes friends feel more intimate. When sharing a flask, don’t worry about germs; alcohol is a great disinfectant.