Wilderness Recipe: Hot drinks for an Alaskan Autumn

Wilderness Recipe: Hot drinks for an Alaskan Autumn

A glacier and fall colors of the tundra seen from a bush plane with the wing overhead

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!



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!

Wildland coffee and fuel canister and camping mug on the tundra


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!

Cindy enjoys a warm cup of hot chocolate in the backcountry

Booze is never lightweight, but with some extremely lightweight additions, you can make an argument for elevating your evenings with a backcountry cocktail!


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).


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.

Enjoy these delicious warm beverages while you leaf peep in the golden colors of the Alaskan autumn!
Check out our other wilderness recipes!
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