Review: Camp Cocktails by Emily Vikre

Review: Camp Cocktails by Emily Vikre

Camp Cocktails by Emily Vikre is a fun approach to enjoying a cocktail while outdoors. The book covers so many different types of outdoor experiences and proves that there is no limit to enjoying a delicious cocktail at the same time. This isn’t your average bartending book and is geared for those who are wanting to bring some classy cocktails on an outdoor trip.

Review: Camp Cocktails by Emily VikreTitle: Camp Cocktails: Easy, Fun, and Delicious Drinks for the Great Outdoors
Author: Emily Vikre
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
Publication Date: February 25, 2020

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Summary (from Goodreads):

Learn how to plan, pack, and whip up great drinks in the great outdoors.

Cabin trips, hikes, patio parties, camping adventures—however you enjoy the great outdoors, it should be fun and easy. And so should the drinks! Simplicity, though, doesn't mean you're limited to a bottle and a mixer. With Camp Cocktails, you'll have a variety of options for simple and tasty drinks that are ready to go wherever you go.

Cool off after a hot day spent hiking through the woods with a Flask Boulevardier or the Northwoods Sidecar. Break in the campsite with a Grilled Orange Cobbler or the ultimate beer-based cocktail. Bundling up around the fire? Warm up with the Salted Nutella Hot Chocolate, the Penicillin Toddy, or a spiked hot apple cider. If you’re ready to go a step further, there’s even a chapter for using foraged ingredients.

Every recipe comes with easy-to-follow instructions, and many feature expert bartender tips and hacks. A variety of occasions are all here, from stargazing to boating. And to round it all out, there's a whole chapter dedicated to foraging/found ingredients, and integrating nature into your favorite cocktails.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃


Review: Camp Cocktails by Emily Vikre

This is a perfect book for those who have a cabin or even enjoy backpack camping. Vikre has given simple, yet detailed instructions for how to transport and create so many unique and fancy drinks. Some will require a bit of prep and equipment, but those used to preparing for trips like these will have the desire to kick things up a notch. The book is divided into sections based on the type of adventure you are seeking.

  • Before You Leave (Camp Cocktail Basics)
  • Backpacking
  • Car Camping
  • The Cabin
  • Foraged and Found

❀ Lots of Tips and Ideas

What I love about Camp Cocktails is the way Vikre has organized the book and the beautiful images that accompany each drink. There are numerous tips and ideas for how to make the most out of each recipe. It makes a backpacking adventure seem almost glamorous!

❀ Interesting Range of Recipes

While it isn’t quite time to be heading out on a camping trip where I live, I have bookmarked quite a few ideas for upcoming trips this summer. What is fantastic about this book is the range of recipes available. Some are simple, such as the Flask Manhattan, while others are more complex, like the Field and Garden Vermouth. Some drinks can be quickly put together and enjoyed, while others involve foraging and concocting.

Camp Cocktails Emily Vikre

If you enjoy the outdoors and want to try something a bit different on your next adventure, Camp Cocktails by Emily Vikre is one book to try. It is definitely an interesting and unique take on cocktails.

About Emily Vikre

Emily Vikre is a native Duluthian who holds a PhD in food policy and behavioral theory from Tufts University. She is co-founder and co-owner of Vikre Distillery, which has been named best craft spirits distillery by USA Today. They have also won a slew of technical awards: a gold and five silvers at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition; gold, silver, and bronze awards from the American Craft Distiller’s Association; silvers and bronze from the American Distilling Institute; and two Good Food awards in 2018. A nationally recognized food and drinks writer, Emily has been a regular columnist for Food52, and has written for Lucky Peach, Minnesota Public Radio and Norwegian American Weekly.

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