In the rugged Colorado wilderness, backpacking is a welcomed activity year-round. However, summer continues to be the preferred option. The weather is usually hot and dry, plus it can bring an endless supply of flora and fauna guaranteed to paint the perfect backdrop. Campsites are more comfortable and many have a wealth of amenities – especially if you’re considering the new craze of glamping. And after a long day hiking, or traveling there’s nothing quite like disconnecting and toasting with close friends around a burning campfire. Celebrate the outdoors with a few great backpacking cocktails.

When it comes to the perfect camping drink, Switch Vodka Light has you covered. There are many reasons why Switch is the perfect, low-calorie choice for any season and any adventure.


Most people go on camping and/or backpacking trips because they’re tired of the city or ready for an adventure. Whether you enjoy biking, hunting, or any other outdoor activity, backpacking offers you a way to focus completely on a hobby for a few days without external distractions. People may also use the time to reset and refocus with much-deserved R&R.

Other benefits that come with backpacking include:

  • Fresh air
  • Socialization
  • Improved mood
  • Less stress
  • Exercise

When you’re backpacking, you only pack the most essential items with you, but you also want to make sure you bring something to enjoy when you finally settle down on a location and put the backpack down.

And it’s no surprise that having a celebratory toast is still a favorite pastime for many. A simple cocktail at the end of a long day outside can be the best way to relax. Few things beat climbing a mountain and treating yourself to a spiked drink as a much-deserved reward. However, you’re probably not wanting to bring something too strong or heavy with the thought of having to backpack your way out with a hangover doesn’t sound nice. Switch Vodka is a light, low-calorie vodka that will contribute to the fulfillment of your evening around the campfire but won’t be too much that you’re hungover the next day.

On another note, many health-conscious individuals are leery of indulging in high-calorie spirits. Luckily, there’s a better choice when seeking out the best alcohol for backpacking.

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Did you know? All vodkas have fewer calories than almost any other spirit. If you weren’t a fan of vodka before, you might be now. If you’d like to keep up with your daily regimen and conscientious health choices, select a better option. Because even if you’re indulging, there’s no reason to go overboard, especially considering there are plenty of delectable options at your fingertips. Stay slim and trim in that summer bathing suit — vodka is a good choice.

Want an even better choice? There’s good news for those of you who are counting calories and trying to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Switch Vodka has released exclusive products designed for active individuals and, yes, camping/backpacking gurus. Find the ultimate health win with light vodka.

What’s special about Switch Vodka Light? It has 40% fewer calories than regular vodka. You do the math. If a shot of regular vodka has a hundred calories, then Switch Vodka Light has only sixty. In addition, this amazing new drink contains no carbs, proteins, or fats. It is also flavored with real fruit extract making it a perfect pair for your favorite mixed drinks. And if you’re outdoors… well, it’s definitely among the best alcohol for backpacking adventures.

In its manufacturing, Switch uses no synthetic production processes. Switch vodka is lighter alcohol content, is sugar-free, and contains no gluten.

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Okay, now for the actual pre-made vodka cocktail suggestions.

Remember that drinking alcohol after sweating a ton at a high altitude can escalate quickly, so it’s best to mix these cocktails with Switch Vodka, which is a lighter vodka, so you actually enjoy your trip.

You’ll probably have a Yeti rambler, a Hydroflask, or Nalgene for your water, but maybe you have a different-colored one to carry your cocktails in.

Snake in the Grass

This is an earthy, refreshing drink after a long, hot day of backpacking, making it the perfect backpacking cocktail. To top it off, Switch vodka has a Pomegranate Lemongrass option, which is perfect for this cocktail.

  • 2 oz Switch Vodka Pomegranate Lemongrass (or unflavored)
  • 1/2 oz Créme de Menthe (go easy)
  • 5 oz Lemon-Lime Gatorade

Mintsummer Night’s Dream

This cocktail is perfect for backpacking as you can add your own fresh berries to the pre-made cocktail along the way of your backpacking adventure. Just make sure they’re the berries you CAN eat, or play it safe with store-bought berries before your excursion.

  • 4 oz Switch Vodka Pomegranate Lemongrass (or unflavored)
  • 4 mint leaves
  • A handful of berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries are suggested)
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Crush up the mint leaves and berries so that the flavors blend during your backpacking trip.

Spiked Emergen-C Kit

Okay, not very clever of a name, we get it, but this cocktail will keep your body ready for the adventure, for sure.

  • 1 packet of your preferred Emergen-C powder
  • 2 oz Switch Vodka Light (unflavored or Peach Basil are best with this)
  • 8-12 oz water

Shake vigorously and enjoy, even if it’s not an emergency

Cherry Lime-Aid

Pretty simple, a nice little pick-me-up before or after your backpacking adventure.

  • 2 oz Switch Vodka Light (unflavored or Pomegranate Lemongrass are best with this)
  • 1 packet of Cherry Kool-Aid powder
  • Lemon juice or lime juice (or both)
  • 8-12 oz water

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There are tons of ideas you can make for your backpacking excursion ahead of time, we’d love to hear or see some of the backpacking cocktails you make for your adventure!