It’s that time of year again – camping season! In a couple of weeks I’ll be off to Mission, British Columbia, Canada, for the annual vintage trailer rally with members of the Tin Can Tourists.  No FiFi this year – heck, I don’t even have Nellie yet, but luckily there are a few cabins they call “bunkies” and lots of vintage trailer friends with which to carouse!

My go-to camping adult beverage is as easy to make as they get. But beware; it packs quite a wallop. Many have tried and most have succumbed to the Camping Margs. For a while there I contemplated fashioning a patch to bestow upon those who survived!

Here are the Margs in their natural habitat, and my lovely webmistress Melissa at the Deming Log Show Campgrounds in 2010:


The tell-tale sign of Camping Margs – the pink cups!

Ring For A Drink! (At Lynden in the pouring rain!)

The Recipe:

Camping Jug, like this Coleman I use (1.3 to 2 gallons)

750 ml bottle of Patron Citronge


1.75 liter bottle of Cuervo Margarita Mix

1.75 liter bottle of Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila

Dump it all in the jug and give it a good shake.

In a serving the size of a Solo party cup, pour the mixture over lots of ice and squeeze in one half of a lime. In my opinion, this is the best lime squeezer you can buy.  It really gets all the lime juice out of the lime.  It’s a bit counter-intuitive, however; turn the lime upside down in the receptacle for maximum squoze juiceage.  (Look it up – it’s Latin.  I swear.)

Folks, that’s over a GALLON of margaritas – 143 ounces. Assuming an 8-ounce serving, that is 17 margaritas, and even the stoutest and hardiest of (wo)men should have only two. Okay, maybe three.

The Margs will stay fresh in the jug for a couple of days.  How fresh you will be in the morning after imbibing them is up to the vagaries of fate, and your constitution.