Alright, you've spent the day on trail and putting some miles under the treads of your shoes... you've set up camp and it's time to relax. So you reach in your pack and pull out your favorite beverage. What did you bring?
Me? I love pouring a glass of bourbon. The smokiness in the whiskey goes great with a campfire!
Well, I rarely have a campfire, and actually rarely take spirits unless it's pretty cold. Before I snuggle into my bag, I'll have a few sips of Shipwreck Coffee Rum, or sometimes Fireball. If no spirits, then dark chocolate cocoa with dehydrated mini marshmallows LOL
I do have to say tho, I've recently discovered Papa's Pilar Rum, and I might be convinced to take that along.
I must say that there is something about a spiced rum that's enticing.
I rarely have a campfire myself. So maybe I should have said "sitting around my canister stove" LOL
Well, it's usually water for me 🙂 or a Gatorade. Sorry I'm lame and have yet to advance to the "finer" beverages
That's not lame at all, @HoughtonLikeTheLake !
Funny, I've considered a flask of spirits a couple of times (including Saturday's trip) but have never taken any. By the time I get to camp and have everything setup and ready to relax, all I want is water. If possible, cold water. I do have a flask though, so I'm halfway there 🙂
I bought the ultralight flask from Nalgene last year!
These days, I am perfectly content with water, but I haven't always been so placid. During my youthful college days I was a member of a group called the "Roma Ramblers," Ramblers after the U of Arizona hiking club, and Roma after the bottle of Zinfandel we drank after reaching the summit, whereupon we signed the label and placed the empty bottle on the summit cairn, descending more or less tipsy.
Later on, becoming heavily involved in search and rescue, I drastically curtailed my boozing, dealing with drinking to excess as the leading cause of accidents and fatalities in our area (southern Arizona).
Today I am basically a teetotaler and content. I know that a shot or two at the end of the day is quite different from my youthful exploits and actually may be healthy. Just be careful around steep terrain.....
I rarely carry a spirit, but when I do it’s cognac. Just a bit as the sun sets warms the throat and feels like a luxury after a long hike. Most often, though, it’s herbal tea like Yogi Egyptian Licorice.
In the morning, it’s PG Tips, a British black tea. For that reason alone I just cannot backpack without a stove.