Top 3 Campfire Cocktails

by RJ Peristere

The warm crackling of a fire, the cool mountain air, a normally stressful mind at ease, and an Old Fashioned in your right hand. To me that sounds like the perfect evening. Making cocktails at the campsite doesn't have to be a laborious affair that requires tons of tools. In fact, with just a few ingredients you can wow your fellow campers and truly elevate your outdoor experience.

The #1 campfire cocktail we recommend is...

The BlackBerry Old Fashioned

A outdoor take on one of America's most famous cocktails. The Old Fashioned is a simple bourbon drink that is both sweet and yet easy to make. Adding the blackberries to the cocktail gives it a fresh flavor while balancing nicely with the bitters.

Muddled Blackberries, Blackberry Old Fashioned

Blackberry Old Fashioned Recipe

Ingredients :

  • Brown Sugar Cube

  • 1/2 Orange Slice

  • Muddled BlackBerries

  • A Dash (or two) of Angostura Bitters

  • 2 Ounces of Bullit Rye

Directions : 

  • Pour a touch of water in the bottom of the glass

  • Muddle the sugar in the glass

  • Add the bitters

  • Pour in the Rye

  • Stir 50-100 times

Barware Tools and Ingredients Required

  • Mixing glass or cocktail shaker

  • Orange Peel

  • Muddler

  • Bitters

  • Ice cubes

The Moscow Mule

Of my favorite campfire cocktails, the Moscow Mule has to be one of my favorites. The combination of ginger beer, lime juice, and vodka make for an excellent cocktail and a universal favorite around the campsite. We like this delicious drink for a camping trip since you really only need the basic ingredients without any bar tools.

Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule Recipe

Ingredients :

  • .75 Ounces of Fresh Lime Juice (Squeeze Fresh Limes)

  • 2 Ounces of Vodka

  • Ginger Beer

Directions :

  • Fill the copper mug to the brim with ice cubes

  • Pour in Vodka and lime juice

  • Add Ginger Beer then stir

  • Add Lime Wedge as Garnish

Barware Tools and Ingredients Required

  • Copper Mug (Not totally necessary but could be fun)

  • Ginger Beer

  • Lime juice

The Dark and Stormy

The Dark and Stormy is a similar cocktail to the Moscow Mule, but instead of vodka we prefer to use a dark rum. The drink is sweet but not too complicated.

Dark and Stormy

Dark and Stormy Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 2 Ounces Dark or Black Rum

  • 1/2 Ounce of fresh lime juice

  • 5 Ounces Ginger Beer

  • Lime Wedge Garnish

Directions :

  • Combine Rum and Lime Juice in a Copper Mug

  • Add Ginger Beer

  • Place Garnish on Edge

bottle, ginger beer, homemade

Barware Tools and Ingredients Required

  • Copper cup (if you want)

  • Lime for Garnish

What is a Good Campfire Drink?

What makes for a good campfire drink? First and foremost, the cocktail you're making needs to be easy to make with limited tools. Don't expect to travel deep into the woods with a Lewis bag and an Ice Mallet. While that does sound like fun, it is not quite practical. What you want to bring are the most essential tools. A cocktail shaker is paramount, ice cubes (if you're bringing a cooler), and a bitters bottle.

fire, flame, heat

What Do you Drink Around a Campfire?

Let's say you don't want one those campfire cocktails, maybe you just want a whiskey ginger or a ginger ale? Our other favorite option for your next camping trip is a glass of red wine. There is something about red wine in a red solo cup that just tastes special.

We also enjoy a hot toddy or a warm apple cider.

What Alcohol Should I Bring for Campfire Cocktails?

First and foremost, bourbon is a staple for all camping trips. There is a certain sweetness and tradition that goes along with it. After all, many of us pretend to be a cowboy. There is nothing more cowboy than a bourbon. Especially a cowboy coffee, bourbon and coffee, in the morning.

Second, as counterintuitive as it seems, vodka is a great alcohol to take with you. Vodka is the perfect mixing spirit for most drinks.

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