How to Cocktail On Vacation
Wiff and I love road trips almost as much as we love drinking cocktails while on a road trip.
As the family bartender, I usually pack some premixed cocktails.
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But the last place I want to be on vacation is standing at our room's wet bar mixing cocktails [I'd rather be drinking them]. So I premix cocktails and put them in Swell bottles.
STEP 1: CHOOSE A COCKTAIL
You're on vacation. You don't want to think. So do the picking and choosing before you leave. Pick a cocktail (or two) that you know you love and will still love by the time you reach your destination.
STEP 2: SCALE UP, YO.
Most cocktail recipes are scaled for one drink. But since the invention of math, we've had the ability to multiply things to scale up to proper vacation quantities. So dust off your first grade multiplication tables and scale up that recipe.
My favorite drink is The Negroni. It's equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, which makes batching quite easy.
For a 750ml sized Swell container, I measure 1 cup of each of the ingredients.
STEP 3: MIX
I put everything in a Swell bottle. Why? Because they look like water bottles. Everyone carries water bottles these days [because they're going to places without potable water]. And people don't judge people carrying water as much as they do those carrying booze.
STEP 4: POUR
When you get to your destination, pour yourself a drink. You deserve it.