5 Backcountry Cocktails: Where Sport Drinks Meet Spirits
What started as a way to make cheap tequila ever-so-slightly more palatable has evolved into an ongoing game of mixological one-upsmanship with no end in sight. Whether you’re headed to the desert to ring in the new year on ribbons of singletrack, diving deep into the woods for an avoid-the-crowds yurt trip, or taking in the closing-day shitshow at the resort, these five cocktails add a bit of celebratory spirit to your sport hydration drinks. That means they’re good for you, too.
The Skratcharita is a favorite, and for good reason. Pick your delight—lemon-lime, raspberry, or orange—and kick back as the -rita suffix joke gets funnier and funnier. Rum, gin, vodka, or tequila all mix equally well with your favorite Skratch Labs flavor. Bonus points: Salt the rim for extra sodium replenishment.
The in-a-pinch take on a Caribbean classic. Drop a couple Kona Cola-flavored Nuun tablets into rum, squeeze a lime to ward off scurvy, and add water or ice to taste.
If you’d prefer something a little sweeter than the –rita varieties, add a little rum to the pineapple Skratch Labs mix for a tropical refresher. Coconut cup optional.
Grab your favorite vanilla-flavored protein, add a little vodka and Kahlua, and proceed to amaze everyone with the depth of your Big Lebowski references.
Both Skratch Labs Apples and Cinnamon, and Nuun Lemon Tea do well for cold-weather duty. Mix with hot water, add the liquor or liqueur of your choice, and be the envy of everyone on the lift or skin track.