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Campfire Café: Super Sips for the Great Outdoors

Campfire Café: Super Sips for the Great Outdoors

The sun sets and a warm summer day gives way to an evening chill. Whether you’re camping for the weekend or just enjoying the fresh vibe in your own backyard, it’s easy to whip together yummy drinks to keep your friends and family cozy and happy around the evening bonfire.

Simply pull together some basic ingredients that you can mix and match, and help everyone create his or her ideal delish drink. Here is a list of what you’ll need to set up your own “Campfire Café.” Looking for ideas? Check out Melody Jones’ blog for hot drink recipes and tasty hints.


If you’re roughing it, you can simply boil water by placing a camp kettle on top of a grate over the fire. Make drinks, then heat more water and fill a thermos and keep the rounds coming. Or for more brewing options, check out these ideas from How To Campout. For backyard bonfires, consider an indoor appliance shortcut…we won’t tell!


We’ve made this a just-add-water list for ease, but if your kitchen is only a few steps away, feel free to broaden your horizons with other liquids like milk, fruit juices or wine.

  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Coffee
  • Tea bags
  • Apple cider mix


Go classic, or experiment for new combinations and stir in a little extra flavor to sweeten or spice up your drink.

  • Marshmallows
  • Cinnamon sticks or candies
  • Caramels
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Chocolate chips
  • Peppermint candies
  • Vanilla extract
  • Peppermint- or butterscotch-flavored schnapps to pep up hot cocoa
  • Coffee-flavored liqueur to add a kick to either coffee or cocoa
  • Irish whiskey cream-based liqueur to sub for cream in your coffee
  • Brandy (regular or fruit-flavored) or rum to make terrific toddies

From tent-side fire pits to patio parties, save time by packing a campfire café kit. Include favorite sides to go with it: marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate bars and skewers to make s’mores! Then, open your campfire café anytime a bonfire blazes.

YOUR TURN: What hot drinks make your great outdoors even better?