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Blended Drinks: Not Just for Spring Break Anymore

a woman sits in a hammock and watches a sunset What's better than watching the sunset in a hammock? Watching a sunset in a hammock with a blended drink in hand


If you’ve learned anything from this blog over the last few months, it’s probably that we LOVE partying while we’re out playing in the wild. The easiest way to spice up a leisurely paddle across a lake or loosen up for a competitive game of backwoods bocce ball is to add in an adult beverage. One thing we’ve noticed is that most people stick to basic cans of beer or, once in a while, a mixed cocktail. Those are all fine and dandy for an easy go-to, but if you really want to elevate your wilderness mixology, you need to step it up. Enter the Vortex Blender.


What’s that you say? There’s no electricity to power a blender in the wild? No worries — the Vortex Blender requires no electricity. All you need is a stable surface to attach it to and a little arm strength to get a finely-blended cocktail miles from any kitchen. It clamps nicely to tailgates, picnic tables, docks, etc. We’ve even seen  them attached onto a river raft frame.


pouring berries and spirits into a blender



Pro Tip: The cap on the lid of the vortex blender doubles as a shot glass for measuring while mixing up cocktails



a blender with a berry cocktail in it


To give you a little jump start, here are a few recipes to take with you the next time you want to have a little fun outdoors.


The Retox

This one is perfect for replenishing while playing in the woods. The potassium and sodium in the coconut water helps reverse some (not all) of the dehydrating effects of alcohol. Serves about 4.


  • One can of Coconut Water
  • A few slices of Jalapeño
  • 4-6oz Tequila
  • 1 lime, cut in half
  • A glass or two of ice cubes


Toss half the Coconut water and the slices of jalapeño in the blender and crank for 30 seconds to get the jalapeños good and minced up. Next drop in the tequila and ice cubes and then squeeze the lime over everything to get as much of that juice out as possible. Now crank for another 30-60 seconds until it’s reached the consistency you’re looking for. Pour into cups and enjoy!


pouring a drink from a blender into enamelware cups



Freezer Freestyle

This one can be customized with whatever bag of frozen fruit or berries you’ve got in your freezer. Just toss it in the cooler and you’re ready to get the party started. Serves about 2.


  • One cupful of frozen berries or fruit
  • 2-3oz of un-aged (white) whiskey
  • One can of coconut water


This one is as simple as it gets. Just toss everything in the blender, crank for a minute or two. Boom!


Pouring a drink from a blender to a glass Now all you need for a delicious blended drink is a flat surface!


Next time you head out for an adventure, toss a Vortex Blender in your camp kit and some ingredients in the cooler and you'll ready to rock some socks off! Happy trails!



playing horseshoes next to a river with mountains in the distance

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