Elevating Your Camp Cocktails

For any ambitious campers out there who are looking to elevate your camp cocktails, here are some recipes that may jazz up your night.

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Beer and boxed wine are often the camp drinks of choice. For any ambitious campers out there who are looking to elevate your camp cocktails, here are some recipes that may jazz up your night.

Note: I have not tried all of these; some submissions are from my friends.

Another note: Before you start drinking in the wilderness, make sure all of your gear is stowed away, you are properly hydrated, and you have marshmallows ready to be roasted and chocolate and graham crackers on stand-by.

Tequila and Blackberry Limeade Camp Cocktail

This one is fairly easy. In a mason jar or other drink container, smush a quarter cup of blackberries. Add some ice and pour in about two ounces of white tequila and six ounces of limeade. Throw some limes and blackberries on top and enjoy. If you want a slightly stronger drink, mix up the tequila-to-limeade ratio.

Camp Sangria

In a mason jar, add your choice of fruit. For the summer, I recommend peaches, strawberries, and blueberries. Fill a quarter of the jar with vodka and the rest with white wine. Let it chill and steep. Before you drink, add in Fresca® and enjoy. This one does take some preparation beforehand, but it’s definitely worth it.

Bourbon Old Fashioned

Smash together—or muddle—a maraschino cherry, a pinch of sugar, and a thin slice or two of an orange in a jar. Add some ice, one-fifth ounces of bourbon, and a dash of club soda or your choice of bubbly drink. Top it off with another cherry and enjoy.

Camp Cape Codder

This is another easy cocktail to throw together. Mix together dried-cranberry-juice powder, four ounces of vodka, some lemon, and ice (or snow)! And that is it. Enjoy.

Irish Cocoa

Hot chocolate is a traditional and beloved camp drink—so why not make it even better? After you mix some warm water with your hot-chocolate powder, roast a marshmallow until it has a good layer of char. Float the marshmallow on the cocoa and pour in your choice of rum, bourbon, or brandy—or anything else you may want. Sip away!

The Classic Margarita

This recipe is simple and few ingredients are involved. Mix together 1.5 ounces of tequila, one ounce of orange liquor, and some lime. You can go crazy and add some sugar or salt on the rim. You can also make this ahead of time and throw it in a flask to enjoy later.

Moscow Mule

My personal favorite is the moscow mule. It was the first “adult” drink I ever had, and I thoroughly enjoyed not only the taste but also the vibe of the drink. It was a “cool” drink. For one serving, pour one ounce of vodka, one ounce of lime juice, and mix half a cup of ginger beer, lime, and ice together and enjoy from the comfort of your hammock—ideally overlooking a majestic mountain or dense forest.

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Piña Colada

I did not only include this in the list because of the famous song, but also because of the simplicity of a piña colada. Bring some rum, coconut milk or cream, and some pineapple juice. Add some ice, enjoy, and dip your toes in the ocean or river or stream near your campsite.

What is your favorite camp drink? Send some recipes my way and let’s chat all things outdoors!

Camping & Hiking Expert Hannah K
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Although I've been hiking for most of my life, I didn't start backpacking and camping until college when I joined the University Outdoors Club at my school. My first backpacking trip was ambitious, the Batona Trail in the Pinelands in New Jersey done in two days. To do that, we had to walk a maratho...

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