Booze alone does not a cocktail make; you need some kind of mixer. And because I drink whiskey (and to a lesser extent because they’re a promotional partner of ours), my mixer of choice is the Whiskey Sour from Tod’s. It’s light, packable, and tastes pretty much exactly like the “real” thing.
That doesn’t have to be your mix, but I definitely recommend choosing a campground cocktail that can be replicated with a powder. It’s just easier.
Choosing a drink that includes citrus is probably the easiest way to include a fresh ingredient. Lemons, limes, and small oranges pack easily, and the vitamin C they contain will offset the less-than-nutritional nature of most camp food.
4. A swizzle
Honestly, you can stir your cocktail with pretty much anything once you’ve mixed together your ingredients. But if you want to look classy in front of your campmates (which is honestly the whole point of this campground minibar business), you’ll want to have a something better than a stick or your finger.
I use the Muncher spork from Full Windsor. That versatile titanium multitool has already earned a permanent spot in my camp kitchen kit, so bringing it doesn’t add any weight to my pack. And I get a weird kick out of mixing a cocktail with a spork.
That’s it. That’s all I take. It’s a pretty simple kit, but that’s all it takes to improve on the rugged but disappointing experience of sucking booze straight out of a metal flask.