Does your hip flask taste peculiar when you take your tot? If so it needs cleaning. Here is how to clean your hip flask correctly and prevent a tainted brew.

Knowing how to clean your hip flask properly is a sporting person’s dilemma. Nothing is worse than stopping for a nip on the hill, to find your best brewed sloe gin tastes like a mouthful of mercury. Follow our useful advice on how to clean your hip flask, and you will never need to waste another sip.

And if you are wondering what to put in to your hip flask this year, we would recommend one of our Hip Flask Championship 2013 winners, Raspberry Gin. It is ambrosial. And if you are keen to upgrade your current hip flask look no further than our list of the best hip flasks and take you pick.

QUERY: I have recently purchased a large, silver-plated hip-flask and having washed it out with water I topped it up with my home-made damson vodka but, to my displeasure, I noted a distinct unpleasant aftertaste. Having sampled the vodka that did not go into the flask I know my prized brew is not to blame. Have you any suggestions as to how I might sort this out please?
MH, by email


ANSWER: Field readers recommend several methods concerning how to clean your hip flask.

Firstly, fill the flask with a solution of warm water and a few drops of washing-up liquid, shake well and then thoroughly clean with warm water before use.

To clean your hip flask you can also fill the flask with equal quantities of vinegar or lemon juice and hot water, secure the lid, shake well, then leave for about five minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Alternatively, pour into the flask a solution of 2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda mixed with a cup of distilled vinegar, shake well for 20 to 30 seconds, empty and rinse thoroughly.

Once your hip flask is sparkling clean, and your home brew tastes as it should, take inspiration from the latest edition of The Field, and step outside…