Everyone’s heard of an ABC Party, right? Often times that “C” stands for something completely different, but this week we’re talking coffee- Anything BUT Coffee! Sure we’ve already given you some great options when it comes to crafting that perfect cup of joe out on the trail and we’ve even touched on some crafty cocktails. Now place all of those delectable options aside because we’re showing you how to make anything but coffee using your favorite GSI Outdoors products.
Early Riser Alternative- Tea
Early riser? A hot cuppa is a great way to kick your morning off in good spirits. Tea has had a long standing history, first originating in provinces of China and eventually being shipped back to Europe as a commercial import by the Dutch, this was another one of those indulgences enjoyed by elite upperclass. Thank goodness those dog days are over! Tea is easily transported when you’re out on the trail and since tea tax was banished long ago it’s a pretty affordable option too.
The GSI Outdoors H2JO! is perfect for brewing a delicious cup of tea. Simply screw the strainer into any standard water bottle, add a scoop of your favorite loose leaf tea and a little hot water then give it a few. You’ll have the perfect cuppa in no time flat. Or if you’re feeling a little old school you can always give the enamel tea kettle a spin, whatever you style may be we’ve got you covered.
Cold Day Staple- Cocoa
Ahh nothing warms the soul like a hot cup of cocoa! Often thought of as a drink for the younger crowds, hot cocoa or hot chocolate actually started out as a man’s drink, a warrior’s drink even. Originating in Mesoamerica, chocolate became a regular part of military rations for the Aztecs and assumed regular consumption for Myan’s and Olmec’s. Over the years we’ve see hot chocolate take on a softer role, a more indulgent role.
So how can we take some of our favorite GSI Outdoors coffee and espresso makers and use them for something other than coffee? While our coffee boiler seems like it was only made for coffee, this classic enamelware coffee boiler is the perfect hot chocolate maker. Now we could keep things simple and tell you to pack your favorite instant cocoa mix, boil water and voila, or we can get real crafty and share an awesome “from scratch” cocoa recipe we found on the Food Network. Starting with the base you’ll need the below:
- 3 cups of cold milk or water
- ½ cup of confectioners sugar
- ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa
- ½ tsp. of cornstarch
- ¼ tsp. of pure vanilla extract
Whisk ingredients together in your enamelware coffee boiler over a medium heat source and get ready to indulge in greatness. Feel free to add in whatever else you’d like to mix things up. A shot of scotch will create a smoky flavor, while rum gives things more of a tropical feel. It’s totally up to you!
Warm Evening Pick-Me-Up- Cider
When the sun starts to settle into the night sky and you need to sub the caffeine for something a little more soothing, cider is here for you. With sweet, spice and everything nice, cider is another one of those long standing players in the history of warm beverages. Long ago, Europeans were fermenting apples for a “strong drink”, this was years before the Romans introduced organized cultivation. Popularity grew and today the name cider can refer to both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage.
A homemade cider is truly something to savor, cook it ahead of time and reheat it in your classic enamelware coffee pot when you’re out at camp. Use your trusty Javamill to grind up fresh cinnamon for an extra kick! Seasonal berries are another great way to adjust the flavor of your cider and change things up from season to season. If you’re looking for something a little more… adult, bourbon is always a lovely compliment to cider. Or you can really go for it and make your very own hard cider, we found a pretty cool recipe here.
There really is nothing like that warm cup of something to warm you up in the morning, power you through the afternoon or sooth you to sleep. What are some of your favorite coffee alternatives? Let us know in the comments below and as always, check back with GSI Outdoors for more outdoor adventure tips and tricks. See you out there!