Hot drinks to help kill the chill after the hunt
Vail CO, Colorado
You’ve been out since dawn tracking that illusive game ” it’s been freezing, snowing or raining and you are chilled to the bone. Since hot baths or showers are frequently in short supply while in hunting camp, perhaps a hot mixed-drink and a bowl of spicy chili can warm you up.
Again, in the interest of caution, and covering our legal backsides, I must remind you to drink responsibly.
“Hot” Hot Chocolate
(non-alcoholic unless you make it that way, but “hot” with cayenne)
2 cups milk
1 cinnamon stick
2 to 3 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of ground-dried cayenne
Whipped cream (optional)
In a heavy saucepan, heat the milk with the cinnamon stick and chocolate over low heat. Stir until chocolate melts. Add ground cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. Whisk until foamy. Pour into cups.
Stir in a pinch of powdered cayenne chili.
Top with whipped cream if desired. Makes 2 to 3 servings
Mexican Hot Chocolate
2 cups milk
hot chocolate powder
Warm the milk and chocolate in a saucepan. Stir with a molinillo or whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture begins to boil. Remove from the heat and froth the chocolate with the molinillo or the whisk. Serve immediately in demi-tasse: 5 parts hot chocolate to 1 part Tequila. Finish with dollop of whipped cream.
Hot Buttered Rum
1 1/2 oz. Dark Rum
1 teaspoon Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Butter
Fill with hot water or milk. Stir well and top with Nutmeg.
2 oz. Gold Rum
In a footed glass mug add rum and fill with hot chocolate. (If using instant follow the directions on the box). Garnish with little marshmallows or marshmallow cream.
1 1/2 oz. Tia Maria
Pour coffee into a coffee mug or Irish coffee mug, add Tia Maria and top with whip cream.
1 oz. Brandy
1 tablespoon Honey
1 cup Boiling Water
1 Tea Bag
Coat the bottom of a mug with the honey. Add brandy and juice of lemon quarter. On the side, boil water and add tea bag to make hot tea. Pour steaming tea into honey/brandy/lemon combination.