Casual RV campers and cabin campers often face a shortage of good camping drinks. The average camper will have a cooler or refrigerator filled with bottled water, beer, and soda, as well as a can of instant coffee grounds occupying the cabinet. But what about tea?

The following recipes allow the weekend camper to greatly increase the available drink options around the campfire (or fireplace, as the case may be). Each of these recipes assumes some form of refrigeration is available.

Camp Tea Basics for the Casual Camper

Tea is an excellent camp drink that is often overlooked by weekend campers. Good, warm tea is extremely invigorating. Tea can raise the spirits of any camper on a cold morning and provide the perfect complement to a relaxing night around the fire.

Tea is very compact and light, allowing more space for other camping essentials. Additionally, tea needs no refrigeration or cooling (although each of the following recipes requires dairy products that must be kept cool).

Tea bags are more easily maintained at the campsite than loose-leaf tea. Loose-leaf tea requires an infuser, which translates into one more item that can be forgotten when packing for the camping trip.

On the other hand, typical store-bought bags of tea are more “tea dust” than actual tea leaves.

The ideal solution is to purchase a supply of empty tea bags and fill these bags with quality tea leaves prior to heading to the campsite.

Tea bags should be allowed to steep in very hot water for a minute or two prior to adding the remaining ingredients. The flavored syrups used in these recipes can be purchased online, at specialty food stores, at larger supermarkets, and at many coffee shops,

Chinese Black Tea Recipes For the Morning

Black tea is a favorite among health enthusiasts due to its widely acknowledged anti-oxidant qualities. These black tea recipes are the perfect wake-up drink for crisp mornings at the campground.

London Fog or Grey Fog:

  • 8 oz cup of Chinese black tea in a 12 oz cup
  • 1/2 oz of vanilla-flavored syrup
  • 2-3 oz warmed milk

Emerald Green:

  • 8 oz cup of Chinese black tea in a 12 oz cup
  • 1/2 oz of Irish creme flavored syrup
  • 2-3 oz warmed milk

Yerba Matte (Yerba Mate) Tea Recipe

This is another good morning drink. The caffeine in the coffee mixed with the yerba matte is a very enlivening combination.

Andrea’s White Matte:

  • 4 oz cup of yerba matte tea in a 12 oz cup
  • 4 oz white coffee (or instant black coffee if white coffee is not available)
  • 1/2 oz of butter rum flavored syrup
  • 2-3 oz of warmed cream or half and half

Chinese Green Tea Recipes For the Afternoon

Green tea is also a favorite among health enthusiasts due to its anti-oxidant qualities. These green tea recipes are a good addition to a camper’s repertoire of afternoon camping drinks.

The caffeine content of green tea allows the camper to enjoy the health benefits of these drinks in the early afternoon and still be ready for bed when the sun goes down.

Dublin Fog:

  • 8 oz cup of Chinese green tea in a 12 oz cup
  • 1/2 oz Irish creme flavored syrup (or Irish creme liquor)
  • 2-3 oz warmed cream or half and half

Green Hazel:

  • 8 oz cup of Chinese green tea in a 12 oz cup
  • 1/2 oz of flavored hazelnut syrup
  • 2-3 oz warmed cream or half and half

Chinese Herbal Tea Recipe For the Evening

This camping tea recipe is the ideal end-of-day drink. The combination of warm milk and stomach-soothing peppermint tea will help even the most insomnious of campers drift off to sleep.

White Mint Tea:

  • 8 oz cup of Chinese peppermint tea in a 12 oz cup
  • 1/4-1/2 oz of white chocolate sauce
  • 2-3 oz warmed milk

Teas are the perfect addition to any recreational camping trip. Good tea can awaken campers for the day ahead, invigorate campers before a long hike, or relax them for a good night’s sleep.

Use these recipes to relieve the doldrums of typical camping drinks.