Beta Studies show antioxidants in red grapes reduce the probability of cardiovascular disease, lower levels of cholesterol, restrict blood clotting, and, when consumed with a high-fat meal, decrease blood vessel inflammation.
Cooking Add a dab or two of beer to hearty stews for a sweet kick, or sub a moderate lager for water in pancake batter.
Packing Our go-to bag: the Platypreserve wine pouch ($10; 27 fl. oz.) . Alternative: wines that are boxed. Following cooking a meal like fresh hens, pour a splash of wine to the hot pan to loosen some flavorful bits left at the bottom; simmer until reduced and pour over meats or pasta.
Beta Potent and lightweight, liquor is your time-honored backpacking libation. And though the scientific evidence is mixed, several stuides have suggested that drinking alcohol in moderation rewards the heart and circulatory system also protects against type 2 diabetes and gallstones. Whiskey, scotch, cognac, and brandy also include antioxidants. Forgot the hand sanitizer? 1 hundred-plus-proof spirits kills germs.
Experiment: “You’d be surprised at all the lightweight options on the market, such as sparkling wine in a can (Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs) and mini bottles of flavored bitters (The Bitter Truth Travel Package ).”
Cooking Simmer a dab of scotch or whiskey with a pinch of salt to drizzle on meats for a smoky taste, or put in a tablespoon or 2 of fruit brandy to some sweet-and-sour stir-fry.
Top pick High West Distillery Rendezvous Rye ($50) is hot and warm.
Infuse: “Choose berries on the road and then put them in vodka overnight for a fruity taste. Or try infusing with new herbs for added sophistication in your cocktail”
Inflate a empty plastic wine bag and use it as a pillow. (Not for usage in bear country.)
Packing We like the tried-and-true Stanley Classic Flask (on sale for $19 at Moosejaw now), but any mild bottle is going to do.
Pack:“Pour fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice, simple syrup, or simmer cocktails into little juice bottles and suspend. They’re less messy.”
Perks: Up to 1 per cent of beer fat comes in dietary fiber (badly ), along with a serving provides 10% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin B.
Packing 2 12-ounce cans of beer weigh 1.5 pounds. Make up for this by leaving your wallet, extra food packaging, a camp cushion, and extra cooking pot in your home.
Top selections Leave the Bud in the store (or in the garbage ): Melvin Heyzeus Mexican-Style Lager is a easy-drinking beverage that pairs nicely with warm summer weather.
Cool it: Dig into snowbanks or even glaciers to gather clean snow. Chill beer or wine by submerging into a river or stream (in rapid water, place beverages in a stuffsack and connect the sofa to a tree or rock on shore).
A tasty cocktail in Circle is an excellent ending to a good day on the trail. We consulted backcountry-savvy bartenders to their recipes and tested dozens of varieties of beer, wine, and spirits to get the most pack-friendly picks.
Be smart: Guzzling too much in the backcountry is additional dumb. Alcohol impairs judgment, causes dehydration, and makes acclimatizing to altitude tougher. Sip wisely.
Bonus: Use Wine to Help You Sleep
Cook and imbibe better by figuring out how to shop, transport, and use your own spirits, wine, and beer.
Top selections Black Box’s Cabernet Sauvignon ($18) packs strong scents of vanilla bean and cherry with a smooth finish. Pair with steak dishes or dessert.
Take your camp cocktails to the next level with these suggestions from Crystal Sagan, owner of 3 Chicks Bartending along with our Backcountry Bartender.