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Hot drinks to help kill the chill after the hunt

Darralee Coba
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

Dash salt

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

Whipped Cream

Tequila

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.

Hot Rumba

2 oz. Gold Rum

Hot Chocolate

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.

Calypso Coffee

1 1/2 oz. Tia Maria

Hot Coffee

Whip Cream

Pour coffee into a coffee mug or Irish coffee mug, add Tia Maria and top with whip cream.

Hot Toddy

1 oz. Brandy

1 tablespoon Honey

1/4 Lemon

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.


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