So here’s the deal. I have a camping trip planned this weekend with several friends. The weather is going to be nice and crisp. The low is showing to be 38 degrees, which here in Texas this time of year is absolutely insane. It should still be 70-80 ever day!
Well in the spirit of camping we’d normally just drink beer all day long. What kind of camping are we doing where we just drink all day? Well the kind of camping you would do at a Renaissance fair of course! We show up Friday morning around 10am to set up camp, crack open our first cold one, and let the debauchery begin!
Anyways, that’s normally the case. But it’s also usually the type of nice warm weather that we’re used to here 'round these parts.
Getting into the spirit of winter, as well as donning my bib and parka a couple of months early, I’m wanting to get some recommendations and recipes for some of you guys and gals favorite cold weather drinks. Something simple enough that I can heat it up, mix it up, and drink it up without having to set it up. Of course some things are worth the hassle, but the simpler the better when you’re having to pack it up and leave home for a few days.
My mates are all fans of whiskey, rum, vodka, wine…you name it.
Being that we’ll be at the Renfest camping it’s common knowledge that we can just heat up some Mead and dish it out…but that stuff is for the birds! It is overly sweet and not strong enough for our manly Texas drinking habits. So let’s hear it, what do you have to offer to help us stay nice and warm but also allow us to get properly toasty if you know what I mean
My preferred drink around a campfire at night has always been Coffee with some Irish Cream, or a splash of some good bourbon(NOT Jack. Maker’s Mark for me, thanks) Hot Toddies are also great-They were my grandmother’s Cure-All. Have a cold? Hot Toddy. Headache? Hot Toddy. Pissing me off? HOT TODDY!
Now that I think about it, I think I know why I had a drinking problem…
If you’re looking for something on the sweeter side for the ladies in your camp, I highly recommend a drink called a Snuggler. Hot cocoa, !/2 jigger peppermint schnapps, 1 jigger Irish Cream, top with whipped cream. Diabetes in a mug, but it’ll knock the chill out!
I’m a Kentuckian. Gotta go with a warm apple bourbon toddy. Core and half about 4 apples, and mix with a bottle of bourbon. Toss in a couple of cinnamon sticks. Let it sit for 3 or 4 days and then strain back into boubon bottle.
When ready to drink, heat water and mix in some honey. Add apple bourbon to taste (1/4 cup?) and top with a lemon peel. Stir and serve with a cinnamon stick. Warm, smooth and very “fall-esk”
Coffee with Kahlua and Tequila, Probably a version of a Mexican Coffee. These will kick your ass if you mix them too strong, for all day drinking, you’ll be hammered.
I used to drink these around Christmas while decorating the tree.