Outdoor activities often center around beverages: we boil coffee by the tent, share beers by the campfire, down water on the summit, swig whiskey on the chairlift. We may outgrow our childhood skis, writing letters to Santa, and our pants after Thanksgiving, but we never outgrow our favorite childhood indulgence: hot cocoa.
Even better, now that we're grown, we've learned a thing or two. Not only do we have the skills necessary to make hot cocoa while wearing bulky mittens, but now we have refined our palette and are able to take this winter staple to the next level. Here are three easy hot chocolate recipes to keep you toasty on your next backcountry adventure.
If you're setting an alarm to catch fresh pow, you deserve to treat yourself. What could be better than chocolate and a caffeine kick? We added espresso to the classic hot chocolate mix to get you going (and keep you going) on those early bird days. Here's the perfect beverage for those early morning runs.
4 hot chocolate packets
4 cups water
Brew desired espresso strength in the new Moka Espresso Pot. Once brewed and cooled, pour espresso into a Glacier Stainless 1L Vacuum Bottle. Add cocoa packets and more hot water if desired. Toss the bottle in your pack and bring it along for hot backcountry mochas on demand.
You have to be a little nutty to drop in on that double black diamond. We all know peanut butter and chocolate go together better than ski bums and rescue dogs, so this cocoa recipe is a match made in flavor heaven. Get your protein fix from this hot chocolate concoction to maximize your winter shredding.
2 hot chocolate packets
2 cups water
1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
Heat water in a small pot. Once simmering, add cocoa packet and stir in peanut butter until no chunks are left. Remove from heat and pour into an insulated Microlite bottle to keep your cocoa hot for hours. Enjoy your nutty drink topped with mini marshmallows to fuel a long day on the skin track.
Pep It Up
Your cocoa just got GROWN. Don't try this at home kids, this one's for the grown-ups.
You've earned your turns, so you deserve a real treat. Nothing keeps you warm like sipping a boozy hot chocolate between runs.
1 hot chocolate packet
1 cup water
1 shot peppermint schnapps
1 candy cane
Whipped cream (optional)
Boil water and add hot chocolate packet. Add a shot of peppermint schnapps (try this handy Boulder flask) and stir with a candy cane or peppermint stick until it melts. Top with whipped cream (and spray some into your mouth for good measure, no one is looking). Serve fireside in a Infinity mug and sip that minty goodness.
Whether you’re a gourmet cocoa extraordinaire or a powder packet devotee, these recipes will add a special something to your regular winter hot cocoa.
No matter the method, hot chocolate tastes better in the great outdoors - so make your cocoa to go!