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DIY: Backyard Drinking Games

Beer / July 27, 2017 / 7 Comments.

giphy-2One of the best parts about summer is having the ability to enjoy being outdoors. It’s definitely appreciated by us East Coasters who are sentenced to being indoors for half the year. So getting together with friends, setting up in the backyard with drinks and enjoying each other’s company make the other half of the year extra special.

And for the days when you want to make things a little more interesting, here are a few DIY backyard games you don’t require you to put down your beer.

Giant Drunk Jenga
We’ve all played Jenga. But if using massive blocks isn’t enough of a twist, try skillfully removing pieces a couple cocktails in. Good luck.
How to Play:
Gather your giant Jenga pieces and have everyone write “rules” on about 1/3 of the boards. One rule per board and mix them up (rules, simple, more complex, just plain “take 3 sips from your drink”) If you don’t follow a rule you have to drink. Here are few examples for you:
– Stand on your right leg while pulling out your next Jenga piece (or for the rest of the game)
– Spin around three times, take a drink, spin around three more times
– When you find your next piece, turn around and pull it out facing “backwards”

Here’s a video on how to make a Giant Jenga set yourself: DIY Jenga

giphyGiant Outdoor Twister
We can’t even play Twister sober… So… Good luck.

Here’s the DIY instructions: DIY Giant Yard Twister Board

Giant Beer Pong
Beer pong is a popular drinking game so there’s nothing new here. However, in this version the cups are buckets that can be as large as trash cans and the ping pong balls are beach balls. Yup, it’s beer pong on steroids.

Luckily, this game requires no unique materials, so get creative and use whatever you have!

Want to add some spice to your beer pong game without going XXL? Try beer pong but the cups are on moving Roomba’s…

Think, ping pong meets hand ball. On a miniature trampoline. This game will get you working up a sweat if you play competitively. Add some alcohol and you’ve got yourself a fun packed day.

DIY for less than $20: DIY Spikeball Set

5 Camping Cocktail Essentials

Cocktails / July 18, 2017 / No Comments.

After a 5+ mile hike in the dead of summer, every camper wants a cold one. But what they don’t want is to lug a cooler of cold ones up a mountain.

So we’re going to help out you wilderness gals and guys with a list of cocktails you can make while you’re living off the land.


1. A Very Old Fashioned

That orange you attain the trail? Save the peel. Spotted a mint plant? Pick some leaves. When you arrive at your campsite, crush the peel and leaves on the bottom of a solo cup with a spoon. Add sugar if you’ve got some packets laying around, or just a little fruit juice. Then add bourbon and a splash of cold mountain spring water for Mother’s Nature’s version of an Old Fashioned. Full recipe here: oars.com.

2. The Maple Leaf

Almost every camper has a pack of powdered lemonade lying around. First, make pitcher of that powdery goodness. Next, if you’re really woodsy, find some maple syrup or honey on God’s green earth, or just grab some from your pancake stash if you were just like: UM WHAT when you read the first part of this sentence. All you have to do now is pour a few fingers of bourbon, a little lemonade and a drizzle of syrup into a cup and you’ve got yourself a Maple Leaf of the adult variety. Full recipe here: oars.com.

3. Boozy Toasted Marshmallows

You’re kids are toasting marshmallows over the campfire with sheer kid-like joy. And you’re kind of jealous. Marshmallows just don’t do it for you like they once did. Until now. To fully enjoy your campfire experience, all you have to do is toast your marshmallow then drunk it into a cup full of Baileys Irish Cream. The marshmallow becomes adult-delicious and your cup of Baileys gets even sweeter. Full recipe here: oars.com.

4. Campsite Sangria

Put all that hiking to good use. Before you leave your house, grab a pitcher with a lid and fill that suckers up with any kind of fruit you want, we recommend whatever’s in season. Fill 1/4 of the pitcher with vodka, and then fill the rest of the pitcher with wine (whatever you have lying around in fine). Close and secure the lid and add it to your pack. Once you’ve reached your campsite, all the huffing and puffing you did up the mountain will have shaken up your sangria and released some of the juices from the fruit. Add some Fresca for taste and enjoy! Full recipe here: survivallife.com.

5. Adult Capri Suns

Make these at your campsite, or beforehand if you want to sip while you hike. All you have to do is mix a few sugar packets with water. Cook over the mixture over the campfire to make simple syrup (cook until the mixture is clear). Next, combine the syrup with 8 cups of water, lemon juice, and vodka. Stir to combine. Last but not least, pour the liquid into Ziploc sandwich bags leaving some room at the top of the bag. When you’re ready to imbibe, just trick a straw into your baggie and sip away! Full recipe here: thetinpot.com.