Top 5 camp­ing cock­tails

Mix or shake up th­ese clas­sic bevvies

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no need to stick to beer or bil­ly­can tea when you’re on the road or camp­ing. You can eas­ily mix and shake your way to a clas­sic cock­tail to en­joy un­der the stars.

GIN AND TONIC

Touted as an anti-malar­ial bevvie in colo­nial times, the amount of qui­nine in modern tonic wa­ter won’t re­pel a mozzie! But it’s still a re­fresh­ing drink to end the day. Add about 60ml gin to a cup full of ice, pour over tonic and gar­nish with lime.

COS­MOPOLI­TAN

Bring cock­tail hour to the camp site. Put 30ml each vodka and cranberry juice, 15ml triple sec, the juice of half a lime and ice in a shaker, then shake and strain into a glass. Gar­nish with lime and sip away.

APEROL SPRITZ

This bub­bly beauty is a sum­mer fave. You can take the 3:2:1 method of Pros­ecco, Aperol and soda (90, 60 and 30ml). Or, go 50:50 with a splash of soda in an ice-filled glass. Gar­nish with or­ange. So zesty!

BLOODY MARY

Dou­bling as a hang­over cure, this is also a pop­u­lar mock­tail – mi­nus the vodka! Fill a glass to three-quar­ters with ice, then add 30ml vodka, 60ml chilled tomato juice, a ta­ble­spoon lemon juice and dash Worces­ter­shire sauce. Pinches of su­gar, cel­ery salt, black pep­per and Tabasco are op­tional. Gar­nish with a cel­ery stick.

HOT TODDY

If the sun is go­ing down and there’s a chill in the air, warm up with whisky. Sim­ply boil wa­ter, add a pour of whisky and stir in honey. Smooth!

PACK FOR THE PER­FECT COCK­TAIL

• A stain­less steel cock­tail shaker is a must, as it’s com­pact and won’t break.

• Pack small bot­tles of al­co­hol (like those you get in a mini bar) to make mea­sur­ing easy or take a shot glass along.

• Glasses break, so use tin or cop­per cups. The bonus is they keep the li­ba­tions cool, too.

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