Gear Collections: Campsite Cocktails

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Of course, drinking and driving don’t mix, but drinking after driving can certainly be awesome. Take your post-adventure happy hour game to the next level with some great gear to add to your camp bar kit.


Photo: Ryan McBoyle

Photo: Ryan McBoyle

VSSL Flask


Photo: VSSL

Photo: VSSL

For overnighters, One Tank Adventures, or quick nightcaps with friends, the VSSL flask does it all. It holds a respectable 9 ounces of your favorite spirit in a glass flask that fits neatly into the indestructible aluminum VSSL cylinder. The VSSL Flask also comes with two 1.5 ounce collapsible shot glasses for sharing your cognac or measuring perfect pours for your campsite cocktail. The VSSL also comes with a flashlight in the base of the cylinder and a compass at the top so you can find your way back to camp if you accidentally wander off with the whiskey.


Hydro Flask 64 oz Growler


Photo: Hydro Flask

Photo: Hydro Flask

A crisp lager may just be the best thing ever after a long day off road and what better way to bring your brew to camp than a proper growler. Fill the Hydro Flask at your local brewery and roll into camp with a half-gallon full of frosty goodness. The double wall vacuum insulation in this growler keeps every sip of your ale as carbonated and icy cold as when it was first poured. The Hydro Flask growler is particularly well designed with a streamlined handle and long neck, making it easy to transport and, most importantly, to pour.

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Photo: Ryan McBoyle

Photo: Ryan McBoyle

Dometic CFX3 75DZ

If you’re looking for the Bugatti of backcountry beverage service, the Dometic CFX3 75DZ is it. With two independently-controlled temperature zones, you’ll be able to keep your ice cubes frozen on one side and your sauv blanc at service temperature on the other. The 75l capacity holds up to 113 cans (that’s 4 cases of beer, for all the hop heads out there) and the cooler is app-controlled and incredibly rugged. You can run the CFX3 on AC, DC, or solar, but if you happen to loose power, the Dometic holds its chill well and only warms about 1 degree per hour and won’t ruin your happy hour in the least.



Photo: The Cocktail Box Co.

Photo: The Cocktail Box Co.

The Cocktail Box Co.

A perfectly balanced cocktail walks the line between sweet, sour, and bitter in balance with the alcohol and The Cocktail Box Co. takes the guesswork out of off-road mixology. These handy little tins pack down tiny (save them to store your spare screws in once you’re done drinking!) and have all the essentials for an apres adventure toast. I’m a particularly big fan of giving these little gems away for holidays, especially the Old Fashioned kit, which comes with three different aromatic bitters to perfectly suit your palate. Each kit contains enough ingredients for three cocktails, not to mention the world’s most adorable little bar spoon, so call your friends and let them know you’re going camping.


Stanley Adventure Happy Hour


Photo: Stanley

Photo: Stanley

Fresh citrus wins when it comes to cocktailing, both off-road and on. If you can pack along a few limes, you’ll be sipping pretty once you roll into camp at the end of the day with the Stanley Adventure Happy Hour Cocktail Shaker Set. This tidy kit features a twist-lock top, so there’s no mess no matter how much muscle you put into your shake. The removable citrus reamer doubles as a strainer, so you can juice directly into the shaker tin, add the rest of your ingredients, then strain into your tumbler of choice. The two stainless steel rocks glasses nest into the main tin to pack down tidy after toasting in the fun. 

READ MORE: OFF-ROAD MIXOLOGY: CAMPSITE SPRITZERS


Campsite Drinkware

When it comes to getting your campfire cocktail into your mouth, it’s really up to you. In my opinion, your drinkware should either enhance your cocktail, based on the shape or material, or have sentimental value that makes you feel awesome every time you take a sip. Here are are few of my favorites.


Photo: Ryan McBoyle

Photo: Ryan McBoyle



Photo: Go Fast Don’t Die

Photo: Go Fast Don’t Die

Go Fast Don’t Die Enamel Mug

The good folks at Go Fast Don’t Die bill this as a coffee cup, but it’s equally suited to bourbon, tequila, or Campari around the campfire. Go Fast sought out the highest quality, most durable, classically styled and conveniently sized enamel mug the earth had to offer. In my opinion, they nailed it. 


GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Stemless Wine Glass


Photo: GSI Outdoors

Photo: GSI Outdoors

Stemware has no place around the campsite and neither does glass, for that matter. This GSI stemless glass works for highballs, lowballs, and wine alike. No matter what you’re sipping, kick back around the campfire and sip in style after a long day of glorious adventuring.


Snow Peak Titanium Sake Cup


Photo: Snow Peak

Photo: Snow Peak

When you’re going for an elevated drinking experience, the Titanium Saké Cup from Snow Peak holds a perfect pour of 1.8 ounces. The vacuum sealed double walls provide insulation and the premium titanium is flavor neutral. Intended for both hot and cold saké, the elegant design works for just about any spirit that I can think of.



Photo: Ryan McBoyle

Photo: Ryan McBoyle

When it comes to cocktailing in the context of overlanding, I always want to make mention that consuming alcohol and attempting any sort of vehicle-based activity is a terrible idea (not to mention, illegal). Save your boozy treats for camp with your kickstand fully down, keys out of the ignition, and fire stoked for an evening of hanging with friends— preferably someplace beautiful and remote. Cheers!


Motorcycles and Mixology by Eva Rupert. Follow Eva @augusteva.

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