You are what you drink, or a tale of many beverages!
Hot drinks for tramping...
|Classic Raro Sweet Navel Orange|
|Water, iced tea and a hot coffee, Lake Isabel Hut, 2014|
Sweeteners and condensed milk...I used to carry sugar for my hot drinks but now I use Splenda sugar substitute. One tablet is equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar, the packet below holds 100 tablets or enough for 50 cups of tea/coffee. The packet is the size of a matchbox and weighs only 22gms, by comparison 100 teaspoons of sugar weighs 640gms.
|Splenda sugar substitute|
If I have a instant coffee it would be sweetened with condensed milk. This is a drink I picked up in the Army, it dates back too before WW1, the only way to drink coffee in the outdoors IMHO. It is also excellent in a brew of tea as well.
|Forget stupid syrups, classic old timer coffee additive|
|Having a coffee at the Davies Bay campground, QCT in 2016|
Cold tramping drinks...
Powdered fruit drink packets are very popular, there are a wide range of flavours and several brands. My preferred type is Vitafresh especially their Peach Iced Tea, Orange Mango, Blackcurrant and old fashioned Lemonade.
|Orange Mango Vitafresh|
Raro is the other well known range available here in New Zealand.
I also use isotonic drink powders, these are basically fruit flavoured mineral replacement drinks. Vitasport is one of the more common brands available here.
|Vitasport isotonic drink powder|
I will generally carry one packet of Vitasport/Raro/Vitafresh (12 gms) per day and have it with my evening meal.
Beer, spirits, wine anyone?
|The outdoor 'Saint'- John Muir, father of the US National Park movement!|
Personally I am of two minds about alcohol and outdoor activities, I like a drink as much as the next person but in the right place and at the right time. A glass of a nice red with your freeze dried meal is good, a litre of Vodka with lunch not so much.
I'm partial to a river cooled can of beer and have taken several with me in the past. Nothing like finishing the day with an ice cold brew in your hand! Oh yeaahhhh!
|Using nature's beer chiller....|
I also enjoy a snort of whiskey or rum normally in a coffee. Leave the hip flask at home and carry it in a tightly sealed plastic bottle- hey, its not going to compromise the quality any worse than humping it around in a pack for a couple of days.
Just a final word; carry out your empties! Nothing worse than arriving at a hut to see a pile of empty bear cans or wine bottles cluttering up the bench. If you carry it in, carry it out.