No matter where you find yourself in the Great Outdoors, sometimes you just need a drink, of the mixed variety.
Outdoorsmen and women are often known as an adventurous lot. When somebody needs something done that requires a special knot, knife, lighter, line, binoculars, or anything else that most outdoorsmen carry on a day-to-day basis, we are the first ones they come to for help.
So why should it be any different when it comes to making good camping cocktails while out in the woods, or on the water?
We are known for being handy with whatever is around, so with that in mind, the following cocktails are made with everyday items often found in backpacks or on camping sites. Some of these recipes result from nights out in the wild with too much time on our hands, while others are deliberate pieces of art.
With a little effort, you might be able to come up with your own, and really impress those non-outdoorsy friends of yours in the future when they follow you out in the field for a weekend away from home.
All these drinks can be mixed in an empty water bottle and prepared using minimal ingredients typically found at a campsite. Desperation is often the key ingredient.
#1. The Fisherman’s Friend – Also known as an Irish coffee, if you live in a city. Who doesn’t love bourbon? How about caffeine? Mix the two together first thing in the morning next to a campfire and you created an awesome pick me up cup of coffee to start the day.
#2. Old Fashioned Pioneer – Try this drink as a play off of the standard bar staple, an Old Fashioned. What is Canada known for? Maple leaves, right? What comes with Maple leaves and campfires, and even breakfast? That’s right, maple syrup. Hopefully your campsite has maple syrup, and if it does, then you will love this drink. Simply combine a few shots of bourbon whiskey in a cup with a healthy dollop of syrup. Pour in a little club soda, and you are in business.
#3. Sex on the Bank – Or as our city friends like to call it, Sex on the Beach. This is a classic drink found in most bars and nighttime dives all over the country. But for those times you find yourself out in the woods and you don’t happen to have a bartender hiding behind a tree, try this instead. Reach in the camp cooler and combine vodka, orange juice, and cranberry juice. If somebody has a little red wine, that adds a nice extra kick as well.
#4. All American Mule: If you happen to be a mixed drink connoisseur, then you might know the history of the Moscow Mule. If not, read about it here. In this version, just add vodka to a can of beer and a little ginger ale. Next, pour in the contents of a lemonade packet. Boom. You’re welcome.
#5. The Backwards Forest Crawler – This drink was originally called Death in the Afternoon, rightfully named and invented by Ernest Hemingway himself. However, after a few encounters with this dangerous concoction, I changed the name to something more fitting as it relates to the outdoors. For this recipe, combine absente with champagne. The original recipe called for absinthe, but since that is illegal in most places, the generic version will work. Let Mr. Hemingway explain how to make it the way he liked it, “Pour one jigger absinthe into a champagne glass. Add iced champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly” – Wikipedia
Alright, sound off. What other drinks have you created while out camping, hunting, or fishing? Let us know in the comments!