4 Hot Drinks for the Chilly Trail



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Well folks, it’s officially December – winter is coming! Asheville has already seen its first snowfall, and we are all gearing up for more to come. The plunging temperature and increasing threat of snow mean one thing:  hiking, camping and backpacking are all about to get coooold! And when you’re out on the trail or huddled around the campfire at your site, it’s great to have something hot to drink. Here are some cozy and delicious recipes to put some fire in your belly (especially if you add in a little somethin’ somethin’ to make it a bit stronger!) So grab a mug, wrap your Ignitor Topquilt a little tighter around you and sip on some liquid warmth.


Coconut Chai

Coconut milk is a great thing to take on backpacking and camping trips. It’s delicious, it stores well and it has many nutritional benefits. Buy it in a can, so you can throw it into your pack without worrying that it will spill all over your favorite thermal long johns. Make a big batch of this warm, creamy drink because everyone will want a cup!

  • 4 cups water
  • 6 spiced chai tea bags
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 6 tbsp sugar (You can also use stevia, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar or any other sugar substitute you prefer.)
  • cinnamon

Bring the water to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Add the tea bags and let them steep for about 10 minutes. Take out the tea bags and add the rest of the ingredients. Whisk until smooth. Stirring frequently, allow the mixture to heat for a few minutes. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

appropriate somethin’ somethin’:  spiced rum


Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

If you’re like me and absolutely have to have peanut butter on every outdoor excursion, then you’ve already got the base for this warm drink! Bring along a box of almond milk or powdered milk (if you’re yearning for the extra protein), which are both super portable and don’t have to refrigerated.

  • 1 carton almond milk (equivalent to 4 cups) or 1 1/3 cups powdered milk in 4 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 5 packs hot chocolate
  • marshmallows

Whisk all the ingredients together in a medium-sized pot. Heat for a few minutes until hot, stirring frequently. Serve with marshmallows.

appropriate somethin’ somethin’:  vodka (or maybe something fancy like Bailey’s or Kahlua?)


Hot Buttered Lemonade

This drink is rich yet light and so soothing it will have you snoring like a swaddled babe minutes after consumption. This drink is great to have before bed because the butter will help keep you warm throughout the night.

  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • grated lemon peel
  • 4 tbsp butter (You can use an alternative like powdered butter or Butter Buds, which are good for long trips.)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Combine water, lemon juice, sugar and lemon peel in a medium-sized pot and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Pour into mugs. Drop a tbsp of butter and a cinnamon stick into each drink and serve.

appropriate somethin’ somethin’:  light rum


Liquid Apple Pie

Tangy and spicy, this drink is the perfect pick-me-up when you’re lagging on the trail.

  • 6 cups unfiltered apple juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice

Combine ingredients in a medium to large-sized pot and bring to a boil. Let simmer for about 20 minutes and then serve.

appropriate somethin’ somethin’:  spiced rum


by Anna Fletcher
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