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4 Camping-Ready Food & Drink Pairings For Your Next Trip

We’ve teamed up with Eddie Bauer to make your fall as adventurous as possible. Whether you’re suiting up for a trek in the woods or planning a weekend in the backcountry, the outdoor innovators at Eddie Bauer have everything you need. And don’t worry—we’ve got the menu covered. Do you smell that? It smells like campfires and warm nights are just around the corner. It’s time to get back outside and stay there for as long as the weather allows,…

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With Eddie Bauer’s help, we’ve curated a fall experience that’s as exciting as possible. When it comes to getting ready for a day in the woods or a weekend in the backcountry, you can count on Eddie Bauer’s outdoor experts. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered on the food front as well.

Is that something you can detect? This weather reminds me of campfires and balmy nights to come. Bartender and nature lover myself, I believe that no adventure is complete without a few snacks and a few alcoholic beverages to wash it all down. When it comes to camping gear, I prioritize ease of use over anything else. A selection of drinks that go well with the food I’ll be serving replaces the need to bring my entire back bar and kitchen equipment. As a result of this, I usually make large batches of my cocktails to take with me. Less to remember also means fewer mistakes. A trusted outdoor outfitter like Eddie Bauer can help you get the most out of the wilderness with the right gear (think: packable seating solutions, ultra-light clothes for layering and multipurpose coolers) and foolproof food and beverage combos.

Oysters and Champagne

When it comes to oysters, we’ve got a lot of options in Maine. I prefer them raw, but every now and then I’ll grill them over an open flame (preferably seaside). Broiled Oysters are featured in this guide. The heat from the Sriracha-Lime Butter is playful and bright, and the smoke from the open fire adds overall depth to the flavor profile. It’s all about the fire and keeping the oysters cool (pack ’em on ice in your cooler) until you figure out who is the fastest shucker. There are, of course, the beverages.

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If you’re going to use brine and bubbles, you might as well go all out. The French 75, a classic cocktail that elevated the Tom Collins by including Champagne, comes into play. To add a fun twist, you can also make a variation of this light and bubbly concoction called Kiss the Ring, in which the blood orange is replaced with blood orange juice and Cointreau is added. Don’t freak out if this seems overwhelming. Homemade cocktails can be made by filling up a 1.5-quart swing-top bottle with all but the bubbles and shaking vigorously. In order to avoid having to bring a lot of extra ice on your trip, simply add about 14 ounce of water to your bottle per cocktail. Your batch and bubbles can be mixed together at the beach, and it’s as simple as that.

Brown Spirits & Flank Steak

Pairing this wine and cheese is meant for an evening spent in quiet woodlands with good company around a campfire. It’s all about what you can do ahead of time to keep things simple when you’re camping in the woods and need to eat and drink. As a lean cut of meat, flank steak will tolerate a tenderizing marinade for up to 24 hours with no problem. This cherry tomato vinaigrette should be made ahead of time so that it can be applied to the steak as soon as it comes out of the oven. Wrap a couple of potatoes in foil and place them in the coals before cooking the steak for a simple but tasty side dish. This recipe for Grilled Eggplant Agrodolce is a great complement if you’re feeling more ambitious. In order to clean the eggplant and peppers, you’ll need a work surface, which is where Eddie Bauer’s Camp Table comes in—while you should prepare your agrodolce ahead of time. In addition, you’ll want a place to rest your steak after it’s been grilled, and this table has a weight capacity of over 60 pounds.

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But what kind of beverage would go best with your rustic fare? If I’m eating red meat or making a big flavor statement, I’ll drink a brown spirit. We’re discussing bourbon and scotch in this instance. For those who aren’t sure how to incorporate Scotch into their cocktail repertoire, I’d like to introduce you to the Rob Roy. Peaty Scotch whisky is swapped out for the traditional bourbon or rye base in this variation of a Manhattan. A Boulevardier, a riff on the classic Negroni, is an excellent cocktail to pair with this dish. Instead of gin, the Boulevardier uses bourbon. If some of your guests aren’t a fan of Scotch and bourbon, you can make these drinks ahead of time and only include the brown spirits if you prefer (just be sure to bring a spare bottle of gin or other clear spirit to add later). Aim for a 20 percent or 13-ounce-per-cocktail dilution when batching the entire drink; if you’re only mixing the brown spirits, aim for about a 40-percent or 1-ounce-per-cocktail dilution because you’ll be adding the spirit straight, undiluted, to the batch.

Kebabs of Grilled Salmon with Mezcal

You’re up for a riverside barbecue? If you don’t catch anything, you might be a better fire-tender than a fisherman. While you’re stoking the fire, you can sit back and relax in Eddie Bauer’s Packable Camping Chair while the smoke from the fire chases you around. Despite its light weight and portability, this chair can support 225 pounds. Grilling salmon kebabs over an open flame is an excellent way to cook the fish. Rich flavors abound in this dish, which features cumin-and-pepper spice blend, smoky fish cooked over an open fire, and a mint-and-lemon dressing. Preparation time for this dish is minimal because it marinates ahead of time. As a result, our cocktail pairing can be a little more daring!

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Many people think of whisky when they think of smoky spirits, such as Scotch, bourbon, Irish whiskey, etc. But I’m thinking of something a little clearer—I’m imagining mezcal. For those who don’t like the full power of mezcal, using it as a modifier in a cocktail or mixing it with tequila is a great way to bring in some of that funk and smoke without completely overpowering the drink. Even though you can’t pre-prepare the agave and lime juice for this cocktail in advance, you should still bring a shaker, jigger, strainer, and a ton of ice to the party. We’ll need a big cooler for this one, like Eddie Bauer’s 30-liter Bygone Convertible Tote Cooler, because we’ll be transporting a lot of bottles.

Bourbon and Peaches with a Spicy Twist

Grilled peaches are my favorite summertime snack. Caramelized stone fruit, swirling smoke, and fresh whipped cream combine to create a flavor that’s impossible to replicate. Before grilling the peaches, simply combine the peaches, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. In addition to this, I like to add a small amount of heavy cream in order to whip it up quickly and easily. A small piece of crushed ice, or the spring from your cocktail strainer will help agitate the mixture, which you’ll use in your cocktail as well. Shake the mixture until it is just firm. The peaches should be served on top of your grilled peaches.

With these peaches, I’m making a Bourbon and Allspice Dram Cocktail, which is a wonderful nightcap to sip while huddled around a warm fire. You can pre-batch this drink by mixing it with sweet vermouth, orange marmalade, clove, and bitter mole. To do this, dilute your cocktails by about 20%, or 12 ounce, and drink them as soon as the peaches come off the grill, but be sure to keep the batch bottle cold. Eddie Bauer’s Momentum UPF Hoodie will keep you warm as the fire goes out and the chill of the night sets in. A light layer like this is ideal for summer nights, or for those days when the weather is a little more unpredictable.

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What are some of your favorite camping food and drink pairings? Let us know in the comments section below!

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