Wilderness Recipe: Hot drinks for an Alaskan Autumn
Nothing is more welcome than a warm and fragrant hot drink on a chilly backcountry day! Warm up with some of our favorite, lightweight, backcountry drink recipes!
BACKCOUNTRY BULLETPROOF COFFEE
Start the day right with a little extra fuel!
Add some coconut oil, coconut milk powder, butter, and/or protein powder to your favorite backcountry coffee. These extra calories will get your engine running a little extra hot for today’s cold activities!
Pro tip: if you’re looking for a really good cup of backcountry coffee, check out Wildland Coffee‘s grounds in a bag! If you’ve ever made tea before…same concept. Rich, tasty and done right!
MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE
A spicy twist on an old favorite!
- 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp of chili powder
- your favorite hot coco mix
Amounts estimated per cup. Make a pre-made “Mexi Mix” and let everyone add as much or as little spice to their favorite hot cocoa mix in the field. Some like it mild, some like it hot!
Booze is never lightweight, but with some extremely lightweight additions, you can make an argument for elevating your evenings with a backcountry cocktail!
MAPLE TODDY POWDER
Equally delicious with whiskey, bourbon, or spiced rum!
- Powdered lemon – equivalent to 1 lemon wedge
- Maple sugar – 1-2 tsp
Add your liquor of choice and hot water and you’ve got yourself a warm and delicious mountain bevvy!
If you don’t have powdered lemon, try a Lemon Zinger tea, or even lemonade powder (though this is likely presweetened).
EASY MULLED WINE
When your hands are too cold to play slap the bag…
- Boxed, canned, or bagged red wine (Cabernet works best)
- Apple cider packet – 1 per every 3-4 drinks
Warm up your wine (but do not boil!!) and add an apple cider packet to the pot. Depending on how much wine you have and how sweet you like it, consider another packet.