All you need is a bit of cheeky know-how and a cocktail shaker kit to have yourself the perfect campsite cocktails schmoozing gear. So get to know your neighbours and start your camping trip off with a bit of a glamping cocktail party with these very cheeky ideas.
“The Martini Dorey”
2 1/2 oz gin, 1/2 oz dry vermouth, 1 green olive or lemon twist for garnish, orange or Angostura bitters (optional)
Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters if desired Garnish with the olive or lemon twist.
Add some fizzy ginger for a final twist (optional).
“The Pina Coladavan”
Try our version of the ‘Pina Colada’ before climbing into your tent, caravan or campervan.
2 oz pineapple juice, 2 oz light rum, 1 1/2 oz coconut cream, pineapple wedge for garnish, maraschino cherry for garnish
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Pour into a chilled cocktail or collins glass. Garnish with the pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.
Who ever said romance was dead! Our version of ‘Sex On The Beach’ proves otherwise!
1 1/2 oz vodka, 3/4 oz peach schnapps, 1/2 oz creme de cassis, 2 oz orange juice, 2 oz cranberry juice, orange slice for garnish, maraschino cherry for garnish
Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass. Garnish with the orange slice and maraschino cherry.
“The Bloody Muddy Mary”
Nothing quite like a tangtastic ‘Bloody Mary’ to get you through the festival campsite mud.
3 oz tomato juice, 1 1/2 oz vodka, 1/2 oz lemon juice, 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, ground pepper, hot pepper sauce to taste, celery stalk and/or pickle spear for garnish, lemon and/or lime wedge for garnish
Build the liquid ingredients in a highball glass over ice cubes. Mix well. Add the seasonings to taste. Garnish with the lemon and/or lime wedge and celery stalk.
“The Sleeping Bag Sling”
A good old-fashioned ‘Singapore Sling’ is one of our all time favourites.
1 1/2 oz gin, 1 oz lemon juice, 1/4 oz sugar syrup, 1 1/2 tsp powdered sugar, 2 oz club soda, 1/2 oz cherry brandy, lemon slice for garnish, maraschino cherry for garnish
Pour the gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and powdered sugar into a shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass with ice cubes. Pour in the club soda. Float the cherry brandy on top by pouring it over the back of a bar spoon. Garnish with the lemon slice and cherry.
“Morning Awning Sunrise”
An early risers view on this ‘Tequila Sunrise’ classic.
1 1/2 oz tequila, 1/2 oz triple sec, 1/2 oz grenadine *see the note below about grenadine*, 1 oz orange juice, 1/2 oz sour mix, 1 cup ice, lime wheel for garnish, salt for rimming
Pour the ingredients into a blender if you have one, or use a fork if you don’t. Blend / mix until smooth. Pour contents into a chilled margarita glass rimmed with salt. Garnish with the lime wheel.
“The Moscow Millets Mule”
For those festooned in this seasons utility leisure wear inspired by the spicy ‘Moscow Mule’.
1 3/4 oz vodka, 1/2 oz lime juice, ginger beer, lime wedge for garnish
Pour the vodka and lime juice into a highball glass with ice cubes. Top off with the ginger beer. Garnish with the lime wedge.
“Sloe Hard-Standing Screw”
Not for the faint hearted… we were worried we might be getting a bit close to the bone with this classic option inspired by the ‘Sloe Screw’.
1 1/2 oz Sloe Gin, orange juice, orange slice for garnish
Pour the Sloe Gin (or Sloe Gin and vodka) into a highball glass filled with ice. Fill with orange juice. Garnish with an orange slice.
“The Portaloo Wallbanger”
The perfect drink for those not-so-perfect private moments! Inspired by the ‘Harvey Wallbanger’.
3/4 oz vodka, 1 1/2 oz orange juice, 1/4 oz Galliano, orange slice for garnish, maraschino cherry for garnish
Pour the vodka and orange juice into a collins glass with ice cubes. Add the Galliano. Garnish with the orange slice and maraschino cherry.
A Note About Grenadine
Grenadine should be made with pomegranate juice, but as this is so hard to extract from the fruit most shop bought juice is made with corn syrup and red dye (yuck!)… so make sure you buy 100% pomegranate grenadine or prepare this quick recipe at home before you leave for the campsite.2 cups pomegranate juice; 4 tablespoons pomegranate syrup; 1.5 cups of sugar; 2 teaspoons rosewater.
Sarah – Founder of Inspired Camping
Picture credits & (very) cheeky campsite cocktail ideas by Roy