Liquid Assets

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A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path

Every outdoor get-together is better with a drink in hand, so here’s our favorite outdoor drinkware for car campouts, trailhead tailgates, beach parties and backyard barbecues. What did it take to make our list? Beautiful design, bombproof construction and, above all, seamless functionality.

Tough enough for any adventure, the YETI Rambler Tumbler (20 fl. oz.) is ideal for just about any drink, from a full pint of beer to an extra-large coffee—the container will keep the beverage cold or hot for hours. The included MagSlider Lid prevents sloshing and is designed for easy cleaning—and, because it’s clear, you can always tell when you’re in need of a refill. ($30)

Fill with: Uinta Brewing Golden Ale Park Series. A collection of rotating cans for this refreshing American golden ale highlights national parks across the U.S.

Fill with: Me & the Bees Lemonade Original Mint. It’s made with flaxseed, honey and real lemon, and proceeds from every bottle go toward honey bee conservation. Throw in a shot of Wood’s High Mountain Distillery Treeline Gin and make it adult-friendly.

Hydro Flask Skyline Wine Bottle

Take your favorite vino anywhere with the sleek Hydro Flask Skyline Wine Bottle (25 fl. oz.). It’s durable, it holds an entire bottle of wine and the stainless steel won’t retain flavors from previous trips. Double-wall vacuum insulation maintains the right temperature down to the last pour. ($44.95)

Fill with: Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Rosé. The crisp Washington state wine features notes of wild strawberry, citrus and melon.

GrowlerWerks uKeg

The copper-plated, pressurized GrowlerWerks uKeg (128 fl. oz.) delivers cold beer on tap for up to nine hours. It holds eight pints, lets you adjust carbonation and keeps beer fresh and brewery-quality for two weeks. And unlike a glass growler, it won’t smash when dropped. It can also be used to batch-prep carbonated cocktails if that’s more your speed. ($229)

Fill with: Moscow Mules—typically served in a copper mug. Throw in 80 oz. of ginger beer, 12 oz. of lime juice and 30 oz. of vodka. Serve over ice and garnish with lime.

REI Co-op Elements Camp Mug

The new stainless-steel REI Co-op Elements Camp Mug (12 fl. oz.) sports a roomy handle great for gloved hands and a tight-fitting lid that protects against spills, making it perfect for sitting around the campfire or trekking into the back-country. Spike your drink with a splash from the REI Co-op Diamond Stainless Flask (8 fl. oz.). (Mug: $19.95; flask: $24.95)

Fill with: Alpine Start Dirty Chai Latte Instant Coffee—a blend of chai, black tea, coffee and soy milk that can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Fill with: Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Earlier this year, Limestone Branch Distillery donated $1 from every bottle sold to the National Parks Conservation Association. 

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