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Easy Drinks to Make on a Float Trip


Float trips are one of the most popular outdoor activities in Missouri. Floating down the majestic rivers on a hot summer day many paddlers work up a thirst. Making sure one has enough to drink with them on the river is essential when the heat starts to take its toll. Here are some easy drink recipes to help quench the thirst of those floating down the river.

drinksBottled water is a common site on many float trips. The only problem with water is that it starts to become boring on the taste buds after awhile. One way to perk up the boring water bottle is to add one of the many drink mixes that are premeasured just for water bottles. These little packets come in a variety of flavors such as lemonade, peach tea and strawberry. They even make sport drink varieties that help to replenish the body with essential vitamins and minerals. Many floaters like these small little packets because all one has to do is pour the mix into the water bottle, put the lid back on and shake. An instant soft drink has been created in just mere seconds while floating down one of the winding Missouri Rivers.

For those floaters that like to have a cocktail hour while on a float trip there are many options to choose from. Any type of juice that is in a single serving bottle is a great base as a mixer for alcohol. For those that like gin, rum or vodka in their cocktails, just pick your favorite type of juice or juice cocktail as the mixer. Before adding your favorite type of alcohol all one has to do is drink about and ounce or two of the juice first or the alcohol will not fit in the bottle. Once that is accomplished pour in your preferred alcohol, put the top on the bottle and shake. Instant cocktail without the need of a bartender and the best part, you do not have to leave a tip.

One way to have a stocked bar on a float trip is to take along the small bottle bottles or also known as “airline bottles”. These individual bottles of alcohol come in a vast variety of spirits and usually hold an ounce to two ounces of alcohol. Airline bottles can usually be found at the local liquor store and are generally inexpensive in price. These handy little bottles offer all in the raft or canoe a choice in cocktails.

Making great tasting drinks on a float trip is easy. With a little imagination one make everyone on the float trip his or her favorite drink. Remember when consuming alcohol on the river to drink responsibly. Following this basic rule can prevent many accidents on the river and ensure that everyone has a great time.


Will Hanke is a float trip fanatic and an Amazon bestselling author. He owns Red Canoe Media, an Internet marketing agency south of St. Louis. When he's not geeking out, he's probably on the river in, yes, a red canoe.

1 Comment

  1. When mixing drinks on the river, you need to make sure to buy PLASTIC bottles. Absolutely no glass allowed on the river!

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