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Going down Deso-Grays in May and wanted to know what people preffered for drinks on a longer type trip. Seems like beer takes up a lot of room, and i know water and hydration is a must, but any fun drink suggestions would be great. Whiskey seems good. Let me know of your favorites on the river. Thanks!
 

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Once I accidentally stumbled into this drink there was no turning back. Now all my friends are drinking it. Jim Beam + Simply Lemonade, that's it. Pour it over ice and enjoy a refreshing beverage. Now our cooler is filled with Jim Beam instead of beer. But you need Simply lemonade, I tried other lemonades and it tasted nasty.
 

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That is why I have a raft. You can take all the beer you want. Get a second smaller cooler for the beer so you don't have to open your food cooler so much.
 

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This is going to sound really wierd but its great for hot days

On a really hot day once I discovered something called a "Lager Shandy" by our friends in the Commonwealth ("I've lived among them....") or a "Panache" by our French friends. On hot days, beer just seems like its too heavy on the tongue and if you pound them like you're really thirsty you'll get to shore and lurch into the face down position in the sand when you get to camp. At the same time Lemon-lime soda (Sprite or 7-Up) seems sickly sweet on a hot day, and gets really old after a you've had a few of them.

Until I had one, the thought of mixing beer but a boilermaker seemed sacreligious, but I promise that the heavens will not be rent asunder and lightning bolts flash fry the hypalon to your flesh if you try this.

Pour a cup half full of some kind of utility pilsner or lager (regular old American beer) and the other half with the lemon-lime soda. Give it a slight stir with your finger, and you'll find its really refreshing, not heavy like beer, not sickly sweet like the soda.

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PBR and Tecate with lime. Good even when the ice in your cooler melts. Just add a section of lime to any air temp beer and it makes it better... so im told.
 

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Last august on Cat we had someone mixing Moscow Mules for the group. That was a nice mixed drink.

I'm really a straight up beer person though. It does take space though. You might consider doing kegs. Cuts down on space on the front end of the trip and you don't have to carry the nasty empty's.
 

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Pour a cup half full of some kind of utility pilsner or lager (regular old American beer) and the other half with the lemon-lime soda. Give it a slight stir with your finger, and you'll find its really refreshing, not heavy like beer, not sickly sweet like the soda.

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This is my favorite- only with whiskey instead of beer... I guess that might make it a totally different drink... but, whatever- the whiskey takes the sweet out of the lemon-lime drink and the lemon-lime takes the bitter out of the whiskey- perfect combo.

Of course, on a late July Deso trip a couple years ago, on Day 8, we had run out of everything to drink- well, almost everything- but amazingly we still had ice. We discovered we also had a bottle of vodka that had hot peppers soaking in it all week and a bottle of Ruby Red grapefruit juice. It was better than you'd think. We dubbed it Groover Fruit.
 

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Kegs are definitely the best way to go for beer, though you need to watch out for the folks filling their nalgenes...they're pretty useless in camp at the end of the day. :)

Soda kegs are good for carrying pre-mixed margs, or whatever.
 

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Beer... and i'm not talking about tecate or bud light.. there are really good canned craft beers now.

1 Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA = 4 tecates, which A) takes up less room, B) tastes a HELL of a lot better, and C) less trash

good canned beers:
all Oskar Blues (momma's pils, Dales, chub, tenfiddy, Gubna)
Ska products (true blonde, modus hopurandi, Special ESB, Utopia)
New belgium... well, if you have to!

lastly... buy from these companies and you keep your dollars local! (and out of the hands of the AB's of the world, that already own a 50% market share)

oh yeah - 5 gallon kegs make for a great boating option... just keep them out of the sun to prevent foaming.. temp. regulation is key!
 

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Sweet tea vodka with lemonade or sweet and sour mix. Kind of like a jacked up Arnold Palmer
 

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My friend came up with this one and we LOVE it! Peach vodka, powdered lemonade and powered iced tea and that's it! Adding water or ice might not be a bad idea, but its awesome without diluting. They go down very smooth and are very refreshing!
 

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hey lets hear it for everclear and coolaid or wylers or smuckers or whatever your favorite punch mix. Can't get a lighter more concentrated mixture (assuming you have water and ice avail). Can't taste the alcohol. You can mix light for the day and heavy once done rowing. Yeah and can start a fire in a pinch ...
 

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Beer always seems to make the most sense to me, I at least know my limits with beer in case something unexpected comes at me. As far as storage, I have a question: Does it make sense to tow your beer in a secured, strong, mesh bag and let the river keep 'em cool or will I be S*&#ing my brains out two days in?
 

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Simply Lemonade and blueberry vodka (doesn't matter which brand of vodka) = Electric Lemonade. Super refreshing and tastes like you're enjoying a nice, cold glass of lemonade after eating the best blueberry muffin you've ever had :)
 

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pre made mojitos. can be a shot or mixed with soda water.

1 handel rum,
3 mint leaf pks.
4 to 5 tbsp. sugar
1 plastic lime bottle

mix everything in the handel and let sit. great for passing around thr fire, or adding to soda water for the real thing. the longer the trip, the better it gets.
 
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