Whether hiking along beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore or soaking up the sun along the Grand Haven State Park, you're bound to work up a sweat when camping! Cool off with these easy summer drink recipes that will help you relax and chill after a long day! Choose between non-alcoholic or alcoholic drinks, and as always, drink responsibly if enjoying alcoholic beverages, especially in the hot sun!
Iced Sun Tea
Nothing hits the spot on a hot summer day like a tall glass of iced tea! Have you ever wondered why you can’t seem to get that restaurant quality tea at home? Many restaurants use tea that starts off hot and then they cool it. Recreate this at home by making sun tea! Sun tea is the old-fashioned and southern way to make thirst-quenching tea using the power of the sun. Enjoy a glass after an exhausting day of Mountain Biking or sip one while you play a friendly game of Cornhole with your family.
8 of your favorite tea bags
One gallon of water
A gallon-sized clear container
- Place your water and tea bags in the clear container.
- Cover the container and place it in the sun for three to five hours.
The longer you let the tea sit in the sun, the stronger it will be. Once it’s done, serve it over ice with a lemon wedge and sugar if desired!
Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
Put that powder mix away! Lemonade is always best homemade and adding strawberries to it takes the cake! Serve up this amazingly refreshing beverage to cool down your fellow campers!
1 C. water
1 C. sugar
6 C. cold water
2 C. fresh strawberries, cut into quarters
- Squeeze the juice out of the lemons. You will need around a cup of juice. Strain the juice if you prefer pulp-free lemonade.
- Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a sauce pan and bring it to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the lemon juice to the sugar mixture and allow it to cool to room temperature.
- In a small bowl, crush up the strawberries as well as possible. You can also use a food processor.
- In a pitcher, add the cooled lemon mixture, strawberries, and cold water and stir until it's well combined.
- Sample the lemonade to be sure it’s not too strong. If it is, add 2 more cups of water.
The first batch is just to get you started. Once you have this down you may want to double or even triple the recipe. It’s going to go that fast! Pair this refreshing drink with a delicious campfire meal, such as Grilled Lemon Chicken with Feta Rice.
This will be the tastiest storm you’ll ever encounter! The hurricane is a fruity, alcoholic beverage that even the men love! With all this fruit and juice, it’s got to be good for you right? Maybe in moderation!
2 oz. Bacardi Superior
2 oz. Bacardi Dark
6 oz. passion fruit juice
6 oz. orange juice
2 Tbsp. Grenadine
- Mix the liquid ingredients in a shaker if you have one. Otherwise just a cup with a lid will do!
- Pour over ice and garnish with cherries and orange slices.
This beverage will hit you hard (like a hurricane!), so sip it slow! Due to its sweetness you may forget that you’re drinking an alcoholic beverage. With 4 oz. of rum in this drink, enjoy it responsibly. And if you're using fresh Michigan cherries in your hurricanes, compliment your drink with a camping dish that also uses those tasty Michigan cherries.
What’s more refreshing than mint? This cocktail is a tasty rum concoction with a minty lime twist! This is a great sipping beverage that will instantly cool you down. So grab a glass, a fun campsite game, like Lawn Darts, and let the fun begin!
4 lime wedges
12 fresh mint leaves
2 heaping tsp. finely granulated sugar (Castor Sugar)
- Squeeze the juice of the lime wedges into the bottom of your glass, then drop them into the bottom along with the sugar.
- Rub the mint leaves on the rim of the glass and then drop them into the glass as well.
- Fill the glass halfway with ice, and then add the Bacardi and club soda. Keep the Bacardi and soda at a 2:1 ratio.
Top the glass with a sprig of mint if you want to make it fancy.