Categories: Camping

The Best Camping Cocktails

Going camping with friends is always a good time. Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, the daily grind, and enjoying the natural splendor of local parks, campgrounds and open spaces is the perfect cure for life’s stresses. Traditionally, a cooler full of cheap American beer and a bottle of Kentucky’s finest would suffice as proper libations for the rugged outdoor setting. But what about the adventurous spirit who desires more than just a “cold one”? Why can’t we have a well-balanced cocktail whilst enjoying the crackle and warmth of a campfire? As it turns out, you can– with a l’il preparation and the proper tools, you can turn your campsite into a proper open air bar. Here are a couple of drinks, recipes and instructions to help you take your next outdoor excursion to the next level.
Here are the tools you will need:-A sharp knife (a Leatherman or pocket knife will work)-1 Cocktail shaker
-1 Oxo jigger (for measuring your spirits)
-1 Hand citrus juicer
-1 Hawthorn strainer
-1 Canvas Lewis bag (for crushing ice)
-1 wooden mallet or small hammer (you will most likely have one of
these for pounding in tent stakes or you can use a rock)
-Eco friendly cocktail cups (reusable, to keep waste to a minimum)
-A small cooler full of iceHipCamp-a-rita
-1.5 oz Tequila Ocho Reposado
-0.5 oz CapRock Pear Brandy
-0.5 oz Agave Nectar
-0.75 fresh squeezed lime juice
-Pinch of salt
-Pinch of Tajin Clasico seasoning
-Pinch of hibiscus powderDirections:

In a cocktail shaker combine tequila, brandy, agave and lime juice, add ice, shake vigorously.
Strain contents into an Eco-friendly cup that has been rimmed with a blend of the salt, Tajin and hibiscus.
Enjoy after a long day of hiking and adventure.

Our next drink is meant to be prepared at the campsite or at the trailhead before going “off the grid.” Or one may simply want to have this cocktail for hanging around base camp.

Here are the tools you will need:
-1 Cocktail shaker
-1 Oxo jigger (for measuring your spirits)
-1 Hawhthorn strainer
-1 Stirring spoon
-4-6 oz Stainless steel flask
-Handful of ice

Backpackers Manhattan
-2 oz 1776 Rye whiskey
-1 oz sweet vermouth
-2 dashes Angostura Bitters
-2 dashes Bitter Tears Peppercorn Bacon Bitters

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in an Eco-friendly cup, add ice and stir roughly 35-40 times for proper dilution.
Strain into a stainless steel flask.
Now you are prepared to cast off into the great wilderness.
Double the recipe depending on the size of your flask (or in Mo’s case, quadruple the recipe).

All ingredients and tools can be found at your fine spirits shops, online and your local outdoor store.

All bar tools can be found online at Cocktail Kingdom

Special thanks to:
Cask spirit shop San Francisco
Tequila Ocho
CapRock distillery
1776 whiskey
Bitter Tears cocktail bitters
Semibold Creative for the amazing photography!

Mo Hodges is the owner/operator of Benjamin~Cooper,
a cocktail bar opening in October 2014, in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square

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