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Apr 20, 2010

CAMP COCKTAILS



Happy Hour @ The Campground


In my 20's the drink de jour was any beer someone brought or a Bacardi and coke

In my 30's it was a Belvedere Martini, two olives, dry, up

In my 40's drinking it's a glass of wine with an occasional cocktail or micro brew

When I plan group camp trips I often make the first night "Happy Hour" at our site and ask my fellow campers to bring an appetizer. This is a great way to break in the weekend as well as an easy dinner for everyone who just set up camp and doesn't feel like cooking a full meal.


HERE ARE SOME BAR TOOLS TO HELP WITH HAPPY HOUR AT THE CAMPGROUND

Waiter Bottle Opener
This type of opener is great and compact. It can cut the cap off of a wine bottle as well as open it and opens bottled beer and other beverages as well. These range from $5 up. From your local grocery store to Williams Sanoma these are easy to find.





Blenders



Unbreakable Glasses
Plastic or stainless steel sets cost about $26 and seems to be the best choices here. Check out these favorites.





Travel Bar and Flasks

These are totally fun. They run about $ 40 - $100. Keep in mind most of these sets have real glasses. You can use real or replace with plastic. I've used both, but now with a child I keep it unbreakable. Shop picnic sites like the ones listed below. The one shown above is from Picnic World for $45.




Guide Gear® Camp Bar Cupboard

OK just go for the gusto with this piece and make it official "The Bar Is Open" Keep in mind though that in most campsites you wont be able to leave food in it overnight. I could see using this bar in a variety ways. It says it has a built in cooler. If you want one of these your going to have to keep checking as they seem to be sold out everywhere and cost $70. Check these locations to buy.

Amazon
The Sportsman's Guide




A FEW BASIC COCKTAIL RECIPE'S

ONE MARGARITA

1/4 fresh lime
1 Tbsp of frozen lime aide
2 Tbsp of water
1 Tbsp of cointreau or triple sec
Shot of tequila
Large handful ice
Kosher salt for rim optional

Run lime along rim of glass and dip in salt
Mix ingredients in glass
Add ice to glass if having over the rocks
Blend in blender with ice if having a blended margarita


ONE MARTINI

Splash dry vermouth
1/4 cup top shelf vodka or gin
Large green olive or lemon rind to flavor

Fill a mixing glass with ice
Add vodka or gin
Add vermouth
Strain into drinking glass
Add garnish


SHANDY GAFF
non alcoholic beer is an option

1 part ginger ale or ginger beer
1 par beer
Ice

Pour equal amounts of ginger ale and beer over ice in a tall glass

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love the Happy Hour idea!! Especially on the first night when your trying to get set up. I'm usually a beer drinker....ice cold is best!!

~Jenn

chasecreative said...

Jen did you see the Shady Gaff? I am planning on trying it. In the book I got it from they have the BEST recipes so I figure it's worth a try. They do say to serve it as cold as possible.