Many campers are put off by mixed drinks simply because they seem complicated to make. That being the case, they prefer to simply throw several cans of beer into their coolers instead. However, you don’t have to settle for the same old brew because we’ve got some cool and refreshing camping cocktails recipes right here for you. These cocktails for camping are easy to prepare, require minimal ingredients, and are perfect whether you drink them on their own or paired with various camping meals.
1. Classic Margarita
The classic Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails you’ll find around a campfire. With minimal ingredients required and easy preparation which can be done at home or the campsite, it’s no wonder that it has become a favorite cocktail for both car campers and backpackers alike.
To make a classic Margarita, you’ll need the following:
- 1½ ounces tequila
- 1-ounce orange liquor
- 1-2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
Gather all the ingredients, mix them all in a flask, and enjoy.
2. Moscow Mule
Another favorite camping cocktail is the Moscow Mule. Though requiring a bit more ingredients than the classic Margarita, the preparation is just as simple and can be prepared in a matter of minutes. This is best recommended for car campers because of the number of ginger beer cans you’ll have to bring. You’ll also need a small cooler to keep the ice in.
For a serving of Moscow Mule, you’ll need to have the following:
- 1-ounce vodka
- 1-ounce lime juice
- 1/2-1 cup ginger beer
- lime wedge
To make this cocktail, pour the vodka and lime juice into a cup. Then top it with ice and ginger and garnish it with the lime wedge and that’s it. Now you can sit back on your favorite camping chair and sip away.
3. Basic Pina Colada
If you’re going beach camping, then this is one cocktail drink that you’ll want to try. Now, most Pina Coladas we see in bars are rather complex, but you don’t have to bring all those ingredients and equipment to make your own Pina Colada. Just tone it down to the basic ingredients and you’re all set. It’s not as impressive as high-end Pina Coladas, but it will taste just as great. For the ingredients, you’ll need:
- 1 part rum
- 1/2 part coconut milk or cream
- 1 1/2 parts pineapple juice
Mix and shake all ingredients together, kick back on your beach chair or hammock, and enjoy.
4. Whiskey Lemonade
Want something with a little bit more kick in your camping cocktails? Then this one’s right up your alley. Great-tasting and refreshing, this camping cocktail is sure to make sitting around the campfire much more enjoyable whether it be on a hot and humid or chilly night in the outdoors.
For a shot of whiskey lemonade you’ll need:
- 1 shot of whiskey
- Lemonade flavored water enhancer
- Club soda
- 1 lemon slice for garnish
Simply add all ingredients to your camping cup, give it a good whirl and enjoy. You can adjust the number of ingredients depending on your taste or how strong you want your cocktail to be.
5. Dark and Stormy
Rum isn’t always the first choice of beverage for most people but this humble liquor is used in a variety of cocktails all over the world and is the start of this camping cocktail. Like other cocktails we’ve presented on this list, this one is simple to make and only requires a few ingredients. For this cocktail mix, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 5 oz dark rum
- Ginger beer
To make this cocktail, but the ice on your camping mug and pour the dark rum in. Squeeze in the lime juice and top off with half a can of ginger beer. Add more lime if you want your drink to be on the drier side. Stir, garnish and enjoy.
Tips When Making Camping Cocktails
Most people don’t even give a second thought about making cocktails while camping for various reasons including lack of space for the ingredients, complicated preparations, and others. If you identify with this group, we have below some tips to help make bringing and preparing your camping cocktails easier.
Choose simple camping cocktail recipes. Go simple with your selection of camping cocktail recipes like the ones mentioned above. By doing so, you won’t have to bring different bottles of booze, bitters, and others. If you’re car camping, you may be excused for packing a full bar, but if you’re a backpacker then simplicity is key.
Pre-mix at home. Most of the camping cocktails above can be made at camp. However, if you want to save yourself the trouble of making cocktails at camp, then you can pre-mix your cocktails at home so that when you get to camp you can just drink it right away. Keep in mind though that you’ll need to store them properly before leaving your house. If you don’t have a cooler, choose drinks that don’t need to be chilled.
Pack a few extras. You’ll want to bring along a few extras for your camping cocktails. A few more oranges and lime or another bottle of whiskey or vodka can go a long way once you get in the mood and feel the need for more alcohol. This may sound too much for weight-conscious backpackers, but car campers or those camping near the parking lot shouldn’t suffer from the extra ounces.
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You don’t have to settle for a can of bitter beer when camping because making mixed drinks or camping cocktails doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few ingredients and your camping mug, you can make different cocktails for camping that will not only taste great but will also leave feeling much more pampered and refreshed even when you’re out in the wilderness. Whether you’re camping at the beach.
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