Campfire spirits

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  1. chansta

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    looking for something smooth to drink by the fire. I know very little about liquor.
     
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    Start slow, or you may never want to enjoy spirits by a campfire ever again.

    I am kind of partial to Makers Mark in the winter, Hendricks Gin in the summer. Nothing wrong with mixers, Titos Vodka and ginger ale, Dark Rum with Jamaican ginger beer.

    You know what, just plan a trip up here to the north and we can figure it out around my firepit. Everyone is invited!
     
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    I don't drink anymore, but I recall Yukon Jack being pretty decent when paired with a campfire.
     
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    This is where those one drink bottles come in handy .

    Try try try! Find what u like . Then buy a bigger bottle . Talk to the folks in the shop . They can steer you in the right direction .

    Think about what u like and what u don't .
    If ya hate tomato juice, your probably gonna hate a Bloody Mary . And the same with other stuff .

    Ive found that when trying new alcohols . I pour them in a cup .And add some water . I will swish it around in my mouth .And that gives me a good flavor baseline .

    Swish with water between tests .And don't be ashamed to spit. Everything tastes great after a "few"
     
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    An important note about liquor is not only finding out what you like, but finding out what likes you.

    As an example, I love Jameson Irish Whiskey, but it doesn't like me. I can have just a few sips and feel like I drank a half gallon the next day.

    @Paulyseggs advice above looks like good advice.
     
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    Lil bit of Bushmills irish whiskey is what I tend to bring. I like it straight but it does just fine with a little bit of water, if you're just starting out. I find it's smoother than some of the other whiskeys out there. I will say that things like "fireball" will attract bees.... this is from experience. Must be the sugar. Happy sipping!
     
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    It’s hard to find, around me anyway, but there is a Canadian spiced whiskey called Spicebox. It tastes a little like sweet tea to me. It’s an all time favorite at an annual camp out we do.
     
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    I enjoy making coffee and adding a pouch of hot chocolate. Including some Bailey's in the mix is a treat, no more than a fluid ounce. You want to be happy, not silly.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Hendricks Gin and Crown.
     
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    Coffee, sody pop, hot coco, water. No hangovers, no dui, no lighting a fire in your tent, won't ruin your life...
     
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    If you're talking about camping and a camp fire you don't need to be hauling a mix. You'd want a straight up spirit. Now let's be honest. I doubt if many really love the taste of a straight up bourbon, tequila, vodka, gin. We drink for affect!! :confused:

    -John
     
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    I'm a minimalist multitasker into carrying 'one-less-thing.' I drink vodka and water, or diluted stove fuel (aka 190 grain alcohol).
     
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    I can't talk specifically about liquor, I'm mostly a beer drinker, but beer can be over done just as easily, with that said ,
    Good brandy,whiskey and wine are my favorites, you get what you pay for, and you will pay for it the next day if you buy cheap liquor,
    A flask is enough for 4 people , don't take high alcohol liquor to mix until you're experienced with rationing it.
     
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    ^^^ This is very true.

    I don't buy store bought liquor anymore. I distill my own, drink hearts cuts, age it for a year. With small batch - No Hangovers EVER!

    An Excellent after dinner drink around the campfire just before bed...

    Cherry Cheesecake:

    1/2 Vanilla Schnapps
    1/2 Cranberry Juice

    (No shit it tastes just like cherry cheesecake...)

    Have not made vanilla schnapps in a while, have to bust out the reflux column for a neutral spirit.
     
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    Well now, 190 proof, that would be Everclear Grain Alcohol and when mixed 50/50 with peppermint schnapps we call that mixture “snowshoe”. Drank plenty of snowshoes as a young lad prior to knowing better. Now I mix it 50/50 with white vinegar to ease the itching in my ears.:1:

    In my fishing boat you will find an emergency 8 ounce flask filled with medical Brandy that must be used up every day by whoever is occupying the vessel. Mainly used to deaden the pain of bad luck or harvesting a ton of salad when everyone else is catching fish.

    The camp is well supplied with E&J Brandy of the VSOP variety, as it’s inexpensive and somewhat smooth. I find that sipping a liter per night between 3 men makes the evening go great, no matter the difficulties faced during the day or the expected upcoming portage around a beaver dam located in the damnest part of the river inlet to a great fishing lake.

    Beer cans in a boat, whether full or empty, just might get you into a heep of trouble if checked by authorities. A flask and a little common sense goes unnoticed. Now at the camp, I recommend you bring enough for your crew plus any drop in visitors passing by, as it’s downright unfriendly not to offer a passerby a shot or two of Brandy and whatever finger food you’re chewing on at the time.
     
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    a mug hot chocoate w/ justa splash of peppermint schnapps

    a warm liquid peppermint patty ;-)
     
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    And makes all women attractive.

    Not that I’m a prize or anything, just sayin...
     
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    That’s good advice right there.

    How old are you? I am not asking like legal/not-legal... but, some spirits (like Scotch), you (or your mouth) need to be of a certain age to enjoy.
     
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    Yes! Even better, IMHO? Is kahlua. It's good in hot chocolate and coffee, and it tastes great all by itself. Or as a dip for sweet bannock. ;)
     
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    Water tumbler of gin with a human hair in it.
     
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    I take a 2quart canning jars and fill with raspberries. Cover with vodka and let steep for a couple weeks.
    Good straight or mixed with a little sugar or lemonade.
     
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    Even William's Honey.

    That stuff went down easy. Had enough honey flavor to taste good but not so much as to be overly sweet like American Honey.

     
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    Root beer schnapps over ice, work up to some flavored whiskey.
    I'd recomend Jim Beam Red stag over ice, with a splash of water.
     
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    Apple pie or black raspberry moonshine (purchased legally of course) is a favorite among my circle of friends. Though a good alternative is to take quality vodka with 2 of your favorite apples diced up and your choice of some all spice or a cinnamon stick in a mason jar. Put it in a cool dark place for a month or 2. Though I’ve been thinking of doing this with cocoa powder and chili peppers for something with a kick during winter.
     
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    YES Woodsroamer, some chilled home made APPLE PIE ;-)
     
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    Trial and hopefully not too much error. Paulyseggs has a great suggestion with the small bottles. If you have an honest bartender in your area, which I do, they can help you out. A bit more expense involved in that route.
     
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    I like gin mostly anymore, bluecoat is really good and American. I like my whiskey rye. If it’s cold take baileys.... chocolate milk that gets you drunk lol
     
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    Crown royal and spring water for summer & peppermint schnapps for winter
     
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    The next most important question, how do you carry it? Photos strongly encouraged....
     
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    Seagram's VO over ice was a staple when we camped and had a fire. Crown royal is good as well. Got turned onto Jamison's while visiting Dublin Ireland for work. Start slow as others have mentioned. Don't want you waking up in the fire pit!
     
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    Plan to spend about 40-50 for a fifth. Woodford reserve is a really nice sipping whisky. Bulleit is also very nice but a touch harsher. Right now I am drinking proper 12. It’s inexpensive but very good.

    Add touch of water. It brings out the flavors. Also, find yourself a really good restaurant with a bar. Talk to the bartender tell them you are trying whiskey and and get them to suggest some things. Some places have flights. Really 3-4 1 oz shots and can help you find your pallet. Then eat a big meal. Personally I like a more caramel or malt with less corn and rye notes.

    As for carrying it. Look for a large mouth pocket flask. The Stanley master flask has a big mouth that makes refilling easy.
     
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    My two recently acquired items for carrying spirits. I like the sigg much better and am working on getting a second. (Fingers cross) the plus is booth have a cup so I can share.

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