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TINCUP Mountain Mixer Series recap!

We partnered with TINCUP to host three epic Mountain Mixers across the country! Did you get the chance to join us at one of these events?

By: Hatie Parmeter + Save to a List

Sponsored by TINCUP® Mountain Whiskey.

In July and August, we partnered with TINCUP Mountain Whiskey to host three Mountain Mixer events in California, Colorado, and New York. People from across the country joined us at incredible outdoor locations (think: nature preserves and amazing lodges) to sample delicious cocktails, hike to beautiful vistas, and maybe even look for their #PartnerInAdventure. 

Here's a little glimpse into the Mountain Mixer series and some recipes we enjoyed along the way.

A large group of people are standing on an open area surrounded by trees. They're smiling at the camera with mountains behind them. They're goin on a hike.
Photo: Riley Donavan


On Wednesday, July 26th, we headed to King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, California, for our first-ever TINCUP Mountain Mixer! 

Two images. The left is a from-the-side view of burgers on a griddle. The right is a small group of people raising metal cups to the camera. They are outdoors and smiling.
Photos: Riley Donavan

Everyone munched on Kobe beef sliders, a taco bar, charcuterie, and more. The food was good, and the stoke was high!

A person with long hair is lying in a rooftop tent cheersing a person on the ladder up to the tent and a person standing on the ground reaching up to clink cups. They are smiling and outdoors.
Photo: Riley Donavan

Former pro-football player, current TV personality, and TINCUP ambassador Jesse Palmer joined the fun! Palmer played for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers before starring in The Bachelor for the fifth season. Today, he's the host of all Bachelor series, as well as host of Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championships, and a correspondent for ESPN.

Pro climbers and TINCUP ambassadors Emily Harrington and Adrian Ballinger also attended! Harrington has won the U.S. National Climbing Championship five times and owns several first female assents of tough 5.14 routes. She's a prolific outdoor climber and public speaker who shares stories on fear, failure, success, and teamwork to motivate people to reach for their dreams. 

Ballinger is a self-proclaimed mountain athlete and founder of Alpenglow Expeditions. He has professionally guided trips to the tallest mountains in the world for over 25 years and has made exciting firsts in ski descents and mountaineering without supplemental oxygen. Follow along with Harrington and Ballinger's adventures in activism, climbing, and family vanlife (they just had a baby!) by watching their show DangerStik TV.

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Photos: Riley Donavan

Attendees loved playing outdoor games, hiking to Inspiration Point, and learning how to make delicious drinks!

Jesse Palmer’s TINCUP Mountain Maple Old Fashioned
-2oz TINCUP Rye
-1/4 oz. Maple Syrup
3-4 dashes of chocolate bitters
Orange peel garnish

Directions: Pour TINCUP into mixing glass. Add maple syrup and bitters. Stir until maple syrup is dissolved. Add a large cube to the mixing glass and stir. Strain into a rocks glass with a large cube of ice. Express the oil of an orange twist over the glass, then drop into the glass to garnish. Enjoy!

See more of the California TINCUP Mountain Mixer fun in our recap reel.

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Photo: Stephen Higgins


On Saturday, July 29th, we headed to Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, CO, to hike, hang, and learn mixology!

The left image has people sitting in camp chairs enjoying beverages and smiling at the camera. The right image features someone playing Jenga (a block tower game) on a table outdoors on a sunny day.
Photos: Stephen Higgins

Attendees lounged, made new outdoor-interested pals, and toppled giant Jenga!

The left image features a person holding a toddler and walking through tall grass. The right image features a person standing at a tall table smiling while making a drink.
Photos: Stephen Higgins

TINCUP ambassadors and professional skiers Cody Townsend and Elyse Saugstad learned to make drinks with the pros! Townsend is known for attempting to ski and climb the 50 classic lines in North America. He's been a skier since age two and dreamt of doing the sport professionally starting at age 6. Today, he's a stunt double, mountain man, and co-founder of Arcade Belts.

Saugstad was one of the best female downhill racers in the U.S. by age 16 and has been nominated for many awards, like "Best Female Performance" in the Powder Video Awards and "2018 Female Skier of the Year" by Freeskier Magazine. Today, she's a public speaker and skies professionally while maintaining a "long list" of film credits for awesome snowy documentaries and shorts.

The left image features a metal mug with wildflowers inside. The right image is a group of people walking down a trail away from the camera.
Photos: Stephen Higgins

Attendees enjoyed TINCUP Fourteener and other delicious TINCUP whiskey and bourbon varieties. They nommed on charcuterie and customized dinner at an awesome salad and sandwich bar.

TINCUP Frozen Lemonade
-2oz TINCUP American Whiskey
-20z Lemonade
-10z Water
-Lemon wedge to garnish

Directions: Fill mug with ice. Mix TINCUP American Whiskey, lemonade, and water. Pour mixture into mug. Stir with a bar spoon. Add lemon wedge to garnish.

See more of the Colorado TINCUP Mountain Mixer fun in our recap reel.

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Photo: Steph Mossey

New York

On Saturday, August 12th, New Yorkers boarded the Mountain Mixer bus from Manhattan or drove out to Mohonk Preserve in Gardiner, NY. 

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Photo: Steph Mossey

TINCUP ambassador Graham Zimmerman, an alpinist and climate activist, hosted some yard games. Zimmerman has traveled to remote areas of the globe and uses his opportunities as a leader to organize people to protect the climate. 

Zimmerman was born in New Zealand and has moved between home and the US while establishing climbing routes in places like Canada, Pakistan, and Patagonia. Today, he's an activist filmmaker and loves a recovery-day glass of chocolate milk.

TINCUP Mountain Mule
-2oz TINCUP Rye
-5oz Ginger Beer
-1oz Lime Juice
-Lime wedge to garnish 

Directions: Fill mug with ice. Pour TINCUP Rye, ginger beer, and lime juice into mug. Stir with a bar spoon. Add a slice of lime to garnish.

The left image is of people leaning down over a table using metal stamps to mark metal bracelets. The right image is two people cheersing metal mugs so hard liquid is splashing out.
Photos: Steph Mossey

Attendees custom stamped bracelets, took a mixology class, and nommed on tasty grilled flatbreads, salads, and paninis.

The left image is of a person climbing up a pile of large rocks and smiling in the sun. The right image features four people standing outdoors smiling and laughing.
Photos: Steph Mossey

The hike was worth it for the incredible views of the Gunks!

See more from our awesome TINCUP Mountain Mixer New York event.

It was so awesome to meet and mingle with all the folks that came out to these events. We loved hiking, playing games, and learning how to create tasty TINCUP cocktails at home and in the wild. Keep your eyes out for more Outbound events on our Mighty Network

Feature image by Riley Donavan.

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