Unless you live in one of the few areas in the U.S. with lax open container laws, your summer park picnics and trips to the beach probably demand covert drinking. Of course, paper cups can serve as picnic wine glasses of sorts—but in the interest of creating less waste (and having something less flimsy to sip from alongside a cooling cantaloupe salad) we set out to find the best reusable containers and totes for wine, beer, and cocktails.
Beyond being discreet, a good bottle or cup for the park is fit for the elements: not easily breakable, with an easy-to-grip surface. And we opted for durable bottles and cups that are functional and stylish enough to be used beyond the park picnic as well. Read on for our guide to the best vessels to hold everything from your summer spritz of choice to a glass of rosé.
The Best Open Mouthed Cup
Over 3,000 reviewers on Google are happy to sing the praises of this 10-ounce stainless steel wine tumbler from Yeti. A double-walled interior keeps things cool, while a comfortable weightiness prevents tipping and spilling. This container is best if you don't want to fuss about a lid (though the company does sell one separately for $10). The Yeti Rambler is also dishwasher friendly, and sturdy enough for camping and boating.
The Best Lidded Cup
The Porter Glass from W&P (makers of our favorite lunch box for adults) is crafted from a strong borosilicate glass which will withstand any picnic clinking or jostling. It's wrapped in a silicone sleeve which provides a nice grip as well. One of the most appealing aspects of this cup compared to the other lidded wine glasses on the market, however, is its looks: unlike a lot of the competition, the Porter Glass comes in a chic muted color palette that would look just as at home on a desk or in a kitchen as it would at the park.
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The Best Can Container
If beer or cider are more your speed, let us introduce the Corkcicle Artican. This stainless steel sleeve fits around a standard 12-ounce can, encapsulating your drink in a double-walled cooler that keeps drinks chilly for up to three hours (depending on the temp of where you are, and how much liquid is left in the can). This container does require some amount of forethought, though—you should pop it in the freezer at least three hours before you head to the park. If you're the picnic planner of the lot, this is a great choice for you.
The Best Bottle Tote
The Uashmama tote is our favorite beverage carrier thanks to its simple design and versatility. It's made out of recycled washable paper with a leather handle. If you want to keep your beverage chilled, the bag comes with a reusable ice cooler that fits inside perfectly, and keeps your white wine frosty. Just place the removable cooler pack in the fridge or freezer for 30-40 minutes before sliding it into the tote and heading out to the park. The bag is perfect for a bottle of wine, but would also hold a water bottle or container of gazpacho. An added benefit: unlike a lot of clunky wine cooler totes on the market, this one folds up neatly when it's not in use, and is elegant enough to tote to parties as a host gift carrier.
The Best Portable Wine Bottle
Pulling a wine bottle out of your tote bag isn't exactly discreet—and if it's a summery rosé or white, it's also probably not the right temperature. This insulated Corkcicle canteen holds an entire bottle of wine, keeps it cool for 25 hours, and washes clean easily. If you don't want to fuss with a bottle tote or you're bringing an already opened bottle to the park, pour it into the Corkcicle again and you're on your way. Throughout the chillier months, use it as a thermos for hot tea, cocoa, or hot toddies: the bottle also keeps beverages warm for up to 12 hours.
The Best Cocktail Container
The market for cocktail-specific to-go bottles is slim, but as long as you choose a spill-proof bottle that holds onto zero flavor residue (to avoid any hint of Aperol in your mid-run water swig in the days after the picnic) you should be just fine. The Takeya Actives bottle has double-walled insulation, which kept water chilled upwards of six hours in our test of the best water bottles, would also be the perfect vessel for decanting a chilled bottle of wine and carrying it out and about on a hot summer day. The rubber bumper, which adds stability, is a major plus on uneven grass. In order to keep your drinks from diluting, we suggest mixing your cocktail at home, filling the bottle, and bringing an accompanying bag or container of ice.
Originally Appeared on Epicurious