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A1t2o
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06/08/2018 12:15AM
What's your drink of choice in the BWCA?

Personally, I can't stand whiskey so I drink brandy and water. A box of wine for a cup around the fire is great too. Sometimes I bring the little bottles of something to take pulls of and pass around too. Fireball has been the most recent choice.

What do you drink? If you bring something a bit stronger to drink straight, what would you recommend?
 
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jhb8426
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06/08/2018 12:25AM
My favorite is E&J vsop brandy. Comes in a nice plastic bottle too.
thinblueline
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06/08/2018 01:54AM
Crystal lite packets in various flavors mixed with Rum.
Winemaker
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06/08/2018 05:27AM


Well, you know....


HowardSprague
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06/08/2018 06:36AM
I usually buy a bottle of wine and pour it into a Platy Preserve, rather than going with a boxed wine. But if a trip partner brings a box wine, I’ll likely partake,
I have a small metal flask for other kinds of stuff, be it rum or some Barenjaeger or something.. not really a bourbon drinker, but I am willing to learn!

Weird - posting this from iPhone and it changed “wine” to “whiskey”. What’s this telling me?
mc2mens
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06/08/2018 06:40AM
Winemaker: "


Well, you know....



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What he said...
06/08/2018 06:43AM
For many years it was blackberry brandy. Then my husband also started bringing a flask of Wild Turkey or Maker's Mark. Our drink of choice at home is Kentucky Bourbon, so any good small-batch bourbon would now fill the need. We didn't bring much; we were sippers, not drinkers in the BWCA.
tarnkt
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06/08/2018 07:06AM
A good scotch to sip.

Fireball straight or vodka mixed with powdered drinks if you want to get after it.

Savage Voyageur
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06/08/2018 07:36AM
I’m not too picky. Whiskey, Brandy, Vodka, Gin. It all works.
06/08/2018 07:51AM
We bring some cheap red wine like Ménage or Apothic or similar in a wine platy. My wife and I have a glass—-we bring some type of plastic wine glass. Then maybe a glass by the fire if the kids go to bed before us. Some day that will probably reverse :)

T
pamonster
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06/08/2018 08:24AM
A bladder from a box of wine is easy, whisky is tasty, and I've been known to dump a bunch of tang into a bottle of vodka......I'll drink about anything at the end of a good day
06/08/2018 08:39AM
I bring in a small 200ml bottle of Jack and take a few sips while I watch the sunset.
yogi59weedr
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06/08/2018 08:55AM
Hope that's plastic jack....

I'm a dark Bacardi fan.
yogi59weedr
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06/08/2018 08:55AM
Hope that's plastic jack....

I'm a dark Bacardi fan.
SevenofNine
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06/08/2018 09:42AM
Cognac or Makers Mark depending on if the wife is along. Bought a small Nalgene bottle to hold it a few years ago. I have learned to bring extra when the wife is along. :-)
goatroti
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06/08/2018 10:23AM
A little scotch I discovered a couple of years ago, Auchentoshan 12 year old.
06/08/2018 10:37AM
Kool -Aid
treehorn
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06/08/2018 11:54AM
We go with...

Vodka & pink lemonade

Wine

Fireball

Honey Jack

Bailey's

Our packs are pretty heavy going in.....
06/08/2018 12:36PM
yogi59weedr: "Hope that's plastic jack....


."


That's a fact Jack ;)
GearJunkie
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06/08/2018 01:04PM
This year it will be a 750 of High West - Campfire.

OR, Jameson Caskmates plus apple chips to smoke the glass before pouring.

Decisions decisions.....
06/08/2018 01:22PM
I have a stainless bottle that I will usually bring either some scotch or bourbon in. I'm thinking of picking up a couple demi-bottles of wine-in-a-bag for this year as it's just me and a couple of the kids.

I dunno. Maybe I'll bring some bourbon AND a small pouch of wine....
moosedoggie
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06/08/2018 01:37PM
Boxed wine but if it's cold, a little rum and tang for a hot toddy.
TwoByGreenCanoe
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06/08/2018 01:42PM
goatroti: "A little scotch I discovered a couple of years ago, Auchentoshan 12 year old."

I just took Auchentoshan Three Wood on my latest trip. Good scotch.
06/08/2018 02:35PM
I took in a plastic Growler of beer from Boathouse in Ely last time. It was about the best beer we ever drank at the end of a tough first day. For my upcoming trip, I plan on taking in one of the hydro-flask growlers topped off at Fitgers on the trip up.

Vodka and lemonade mix will do in a pinch. Nothing too crazy, just nice to have a drink sitting by the lake in the evening.
Duckman
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06/08/2018 03:16PM
Anyone have a plan for back-country bloody marys?
06/08/2018 03:28PM
Bourbon for me and the boys, mescal for my wife and I. Single-malt if I'm solo.

Loose leaf tea is always in the pack.

A cold dip from the lake is as good as things can get.
mastertangler
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06/08/2018 03:35PM
I have never taken alcohol while tripping. Am I the only one? I find the beauty and serenity of the wilderness intoxicating enough ;-)

On the first night out, however, I like a pizza and a Stella.
mschi772
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06/08/2018 04:49PM
Wow--lots of alcohol here.

I don't drink (alcohol). My friends often bring extra beverage, and my girlfriend is fond of powdered Gatorade, but I'm happy with water. Tea I suppose would be the only beverage-related extra I might commonly bring.
Unas10
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06/08/2018 05:16PM
I usually drink water. Coffee in the mornings. Sometimes I will take some powdered Gatorade along to mix with the water. This year we stayed at the Forest Service campground on Kawishiwi so we did no portaging and brought along a few extra amenities. I had two bottles of Sprite.
mjmkjun
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06/08/2018 05:22PM
Few nips of Jim Beam Red Stag--Black Cherry or Blackberry Moonshine from my flask to relax before calling it a night.
yogi59weedr
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06/08/2018 05:29PM
Apple chips to smoke the glass you got to love it I'm going to try that
06/08/2018 05:54PM
mastertangler: "I have never taken alcohol while tripping. Am I the only one? I find the beauty and serenity of the wilderness intoxicating enough ;-)


On the first night out, however, I like a pizza and a Stella. "


I said sipping! Have never been the slightest bit intoxicated in the wilderness! :-)
06/08/2018 08:08PM
mschi772: "Wow--lots of alcohol here.

I don't drink (alcohol). My friends often bring extra beverage, and my girlfriend is fond of powdered Gatorade, but I'm happy with water. Tea I suppose would be the only beverage-related extra I might commonly bring."


Well, the original post referenced alcohol, so I think that is why everyone answered with their cocktail preference. I only have 1 or2 at the end of the day around camp, during the day it's tea or coffee in the morning and water the rest of the time. Gotta stay hydrated!
ghamer
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06/08/2018 08:18PM
After supper and all the chores are done, I'll sip on Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey.
TominMpls
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06/08/2018 09:31PM
Single malt Islay whisky. Laphroaig or Bowmore most frequently.
06/08/2018 10:26PM
TominMpls: "Single malt Islay whisky. Laphroaig or Bowmore most frequently."

Mmm... peaty goodness. =)
analyzer
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06/08/2018 10:36PM
Tang
Tony
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06/08/2018 10:37PM
Leaving tomorrow and have Fireball and a nice Port packed.

Tony
TheGreatIndoors
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06/08/2018 11:14PM
A fun trick: Bring limes, cut them in half at the equator, squeeze them to make juice and pour tequila into the crater left behind in the lime. i.e. use them as a shot glass. A friend always brings a small flask of grand marnier to sprinkle on top. Instant margarita! It's a little messy, but delicious.
shock
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06/09/2018 01:03AM
i have packed in some crown-7 up- and yes a lemon , but mainly it's what i call "my knife lake cocktail" lake water-tang-vodka , your only weight is the vodka ;)
do any of you know why they call it vodka ?????
because no matter how drunk you get you can still say V-O-D-K-A ;)
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06/09/2018 01:08AM
TheGreatIndoors: "A fun trick: Bring limes, cut them in half at the equator, squeeze them to make juice and pour tequila into the crater left behind in the lime. i.e. use them as a shot glass. A friend always brings a small flask of grand marnier to sprinkle on top. Instant margarita! It's a little messy, but delicious." TGI , i love it , will be on the list for our next trip :) :) :) :) LOL
Captn Tony
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06/09/2018 06:09AM
Cheap brandy in a plastic bottle.
Would rather take good rum or tequila. But then I would have to find a plastic bottle, and then I would have to unscrew the lids, and then pour the booze into the plastic bottle, and then screw the lids back on.
It's just too much work!!!!
Driftless
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06/09/2018 07:37AM
Phillips Schnapps. The crazier the flavor the better (Blueberry Muffin Schnapps anyone?).
sns
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06/09/2018 08:05AM
My last two trips were with my kids and I did not bring any alcohol.

Previous one was with a bunch of adults...so there was beer. As in Kegs, so as not to break the rules.

Cheers!
landoftheskytintedwater
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06/09/2018 09:36AM
With my wife: the large juice box sized things of boxed wine.

Group trip: Boxed wine, whiskey/bourbon

Solo: scotch or whiskey/bourbon

Late/early season trips when it's chilly: growler of beer
06/09/2018 11:16AM
Woodford Reserve. Just enough for one, maybe 2 drinks at night since I’m the only adult in the group.
DrBobDg
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06/09/2018 12:18PM
A "friend" brought some "Canadian Mist" on a trip..
Really enjoy the stuff now for 'happy hour'

Lemonade Ice Tea Powder.

I am usually the only coffee drinker so I just bring my usual instant Folgers. This same 'friend' has been known bring those single things from Starbucks which I have been know to sample.

I used to bring those tea bag coffee things but don't bother with them anymore.

Aqua Mura water treatment really makes water out of the lake taste pretty darn decent.


dr bob
06/09/2018 01:22PM
Savage Voyageur: "I’m not too picky. Whiskey, Brandy, Vodka, Gin. It all works. "

Yes, me too, especially if someone else is buying.
TickMagnet
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06/09/2018 01:58PM
06/09/2018 04:09PM
Trader Joes "All Dressed Up" Coffee packets for breakfast
Water for the rest of the day
Boxed wine around the campfire after a long day/dinner/sunset
billconner
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06/09/2018 07:36PM
MN_Lindsey: "Trader Joes "All Dressed Up" Coffee packets for breakfast
Water for the rest of the day
Boxed wine around the campfire after a long day/dinner/sunset"


+1 ive griwn fond of Bota Revolution Red in the BWCAW.
bwcaforktail
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06/09/2018 08:19PM
Premade- brandy manhattans
carmike
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06/09/2018 09:17PM
I usually don't bring booze, but if I do, it's a single malt scotch.
Abbey
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06/09/2018 10:21PM
GearJunkie: "This year it will be a 750 of High West - Campfire.


OR, Jameson Caskmates plus apple chips to smoke the glass before pouring.


Decisions decisions....."


We also brought High West Campfire this year, and it is a real treat. I tried it last year at the High West restaurant in the Salt Lake City airport and instantly knew what would be going on our next BWCA trip. The usual for our group is rye, bourbon, or scotch, so the masterful blend of all three from HW was an easy decision.

Woodford Reserve (high rye bourbon) has also been a group favorite and probably will be packed again for some trips. I like scotch, but nips from the flask in the backcountry just seem better with bourbon or rye.
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06/09/2018 11:13PM
Duckman: "Anyone have a plan for back-country bloody marys?"
I've brought in pre-mixed Bloodys in Nalgenes - soak 'em in the lake to keep cool. Otherwise, it's Tanquery and tonics for cocktail hour (with a fresh lime, of course), red wine with the first night steaks, bourbon or single malt for sipping in the evening, and my brother-in-law always brings a flask of Benedictine to celebrate landing a nice fish. Oh, and water, lots and lots of water.
06/10/2018 01:08AM
Rum
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06/10/2018 12:22PM
Water
TangoCharlie
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06/10/2018 06:37PM
Not to sound too much like Bubba Gump but I like: Scotch & Three, Scotch & Knife, Scotch & Insula, etc. (Essentially "Scotch & Lake".)
06/10/2018 09:51PM
TangoCharlie: "Not to sound too much like Bubba Gump but I like: Scotch & Three, Scotch & Knife, Scotch & Insula, etc. (Essentially "Scotch & Lake".)"

Funny! Of course I immediately thought of this. ;)
mapsguy1955
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06/11/2018 07:17AM
A flask of Kirkland Premium small batch Tennessee bourbon.. Pretty good!
06/11/2018 05:01PM
First time in we did bring in a flask of whiskey for him and Lemon Dr. McGuillicuddy's for me. (why don't they make that anymore?!?)
That was the only time though. I don't know why we don't bring booze, we just don't.
mr.barley
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06/11/2018 08:37PM
Evan Williams bourbon.
benr0
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06/12/2018 10:15AM
Yukon Jack
Tang
Coffee
sns
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06/12/2018 05:24PM
benr0: "Yukon Jack
Tang
Coffee"


Hot or on the rocks?

Either way, I am not brave enough to try this combination!
missmolly
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06/12/2018 07:20PM
Lemonade.

Not impressed?

I drink it out of a dirty cup.
BobDobbs
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06/13/2018 08:06AM
Barrel proof Rye is our drink of choice.

Having said that....one year we let a couple of exhausted newbs buddy up on our campsite on lake afton since they were coming out of an all day frost river paddle absolutely knackered and pretty late in the evening. The look on their face when they saw the only site on the lake was taken was just too pitiful to NOT let them stay with us.

They gratefully shared their fifth of Kessler with us that nite, and I swear it tasted 10X better than when I used to choke it down behind the gas station across from my old high school as a kid.
murphylakejim
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06/13/2018 09:05AM
Prairie cucumber gin with lemonade powder mix

Fireball straight for portage breaks

Jeremiah Weed mixed with water

Johnny Walker red label

(usually just bring 1 or 2 of these)

also starbucks pike place instant coffee :)
joshawes
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06/13/2018 07:14PM
I normally bring two 1.75L of Karkov vodka - in plastic bottles of course. One raspberry, and the other regular vodka, blue raspberry koolaid, powdered powerade (berry blast I believe its called - blue kind), or glacier freeze gatorade powder. I keep powerade or gatorade in plastic planters peanut jars which work great!!! We normally just take swigs and chase it with our koolaids, gatorades, etc. My friends also bring similar stuff and we switch it up time to time but this is my "Go to." Its simple and easy...

I really like everyones ideas but I feel its already enough to prepare for your trip as it is and i don't want to have to pour booze into different containers... However, some flavored moonshine sounds like an exception.

What containers do you guys use to transfer you alcohol into?

Josh H
sylvesterii
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06/13/2018 11:31PM
Great Northern Wisconsin Whiskey, lake water, 1/2 nuun lemon-lime tablet. Let it disolve, enjoy! (FRED Water Bottles do great double duty as a whiskey flask)

Bandit Wine - hands down the best "box" wine, without any question. As an added bonus, it comes in 1/2 or 1 litre boxes, so you can disperse amongst the packs!
 
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