How Much Alcohol Can a Flask Hold?

The hip flask has enjoyed a special place in many a back pocket, purse, or other secure area during events, travels, and other times when a larger container just isn’t conceivable. Many wonder just how much a flask can hold, and the answer depends upon the size of your flask.

It is important to know how much alcohol your flask can hold so that you are completely prepared. Flasks are generally employed during situations where you have to limit the size or weight of all that you are carrying, alcohol included. Common outings that call for a flask include camping, sports events, concerts, or a really long meeting at work.

You also have to take into account how many will be in your party, as the etiquette of a flask demands that you share with your fellow travelers. It is bad form to keep a flask to yourself, and perhaps should make you pause for some self-reflection time.

If you have a problem sharing your flask, then give all your friends a flask for Christmas or their birthdays. Then, you know that you have done all that you can do. When they complain about your miserly flask behavior, you can take the focus off your refusal to share your flask and focus it on why your friends didn’t like their birthday presents.

Why are Flasks Small?

The actual origins of the hip flask are undetermined, but there is no doubt that the small size of the flask made it easy to carry and easy to conceal. Flasks are small so that carriers are unencumbered by their travelin’ liquor.

A flask is meant to fit into a back pocket, and the slight curve of the vessel accommodates its end use, so to speak. There are, however, many other places to carry a flask, such as a purse, coat pocket, or other compartment. Some areas are more about concealment than just transportation. Obviously, the ladies have the upper hand in really hiding a flask. Wearing a garter belt all the time just might be worth it to have a sexy place to keep your flask, right ladies?

The flask makes it easy to take a sniff, snort, or swig at times when it might be otherwise inopportune for a glass or bottle of something alcoholic. Such as when you attend a community theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof, only to find that the establishment was unable to procure a liquor license in time for the show.

While all of the other participants are waving off the lack of an adult beverage, you and your party are wondering how to sit through another rendition of “Sunrise, Sunset” without some spirits to add to the festivities. Flask to the rescue!

Are There Different Flask Sizes?

Flasks come in a variety of sizes, though there is not that much difference between them. The smallest flasks are around 4 fluid ounces (fl. oz.); holding two to four shots, depending upon your interpretation of the size of a shot. The most common sizes for flasks are either 6 fl. oz. or 8 fl. oz. flasks. Carrying four to eight shots of your favorite cordial, liqueur, or hard alcohol, the standard-sized flask can suit one or have enough to share with friends and comrades.

To put it in perspective, eight ounces of liquid equal one cup. Standard single-serving milk boxes, such as those given with lunch at a public school, are one cup of liquid. A regular can of soda or beer is 12 fl. oz., and a standard glass of wine is 4 fl. oz to 6 fl. oz. A standard flask could certainly be used to hold a glass or so of your favorite red, blush, or white wine.

Can I Buy a Really Big Flask?

There are truly colossal flasks available, though they would only fit in your pocket if you were Paul Bunyan. For instance, there is a 60 fl. oz. stainless steel flask available for those who like to live large.

Obviously, concealment is not as easy with such a flask, so the focus here is really on keeping your fine spirits safe. For example, on an extended camping trip, glass bottles are a bad choice as they can break or spill; a large flask is a great alternative that stows easily with the other gear.

Again, to put that into perspective, 60 fl. oz. is a bit less than half a gallon’s worth of liquid. Most standard wine bottles hold around 25 fl. oz. of vino. Similarly, most standard 750 ml liquor bottles also hold around 25 fl. oz. of liquid.

A 60 fl. oz. flask would be able to easily hold two bottles of wine or two bottles of your favorite spirits. It is even large enough to reasonably hold beer; it will hold approximately five standard-sized 12 fl. oz. cans of beer. It is, however, not recommended to mix any combination of the above in your flask due to the severity of the headache the next morning!