Just what in the world is skijoring? We were asking ourselves the same question a few weeks ago when we saw an advertisement for the Skijoring World Invitational. According to Siri, skijoring is a winter sport originating in Norway where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, dog or a motor vehicle. This may sounds like a recipe for disaster but, if you add in some sunshine, a few friends and a tasty cocktail, this sounds like a nice little Saturday.
That’s how we found ourselves gearing up for a big day of skijoring spectating in Whitefish, Montana. We had our crew. We had our long underwear. The only thing left was to craft the perfect cocktail to keep us toasty warm while standing out in the snow cheering our faces off.
It’s hard to pick a best winter cocktail--Irish coffee, hot buttered rum, hot toddies. All excellent choices, but we wanted to get a little creative for this endeavor. We wanted to take a classic, the always delightful hot toddy, and add a fun wintery twist to it, and thus the Hot Apple Pie Toddy was born. Perfect for filling a vacuum bottle and throwing in the backpack! (Might we suggest the Glacier Stainless 1L Vacuum Bottle OR the Glacier Stainless Microlite 500)
After a little “product testing” to make sure we had our recipe just right, here is what we came up with:
Hot Apple Pie Toddies
-1 1/2 cups hot water (boiling)
-2 1/2 tablespoons honey
-1/2 cup lemon juice
-2 cups apple brandy
Stir together until the honey is dissolved. Add a cinnamon stick to your mug, fill to top and cheers a friend!
When the big day finally arrived, we packed a Glacier Stainless 1L Vacuum Bottle in our backpack and hit the snow. And we couldn’t be happier to have something warm to sip to combat the blustery breeze blowing through the skijoring grounds.
Right about now you’re probably still asking yourself, “Okay, but what is skijoring?” Well, the short answer is a horse pulls a skier a few hundred yards across a field, around a corner and then back in the other direction. Add a handful of jumps and some slalom gates to the mix and you have skijoring. And these skijorers were no joke. There were people flying everywhere and crashes were plentiful. We even slipped a few mugs of hot apple pie toddies to some competitors that were looking for a little extra liquid courage.
Our only complaint from the day was that we didn’t prepare enough Hot Apple Pie Toddies. Thankfully, the local brewery was on hand filling our Pioneer Pint Glasses with freshly brewed suds to keep us properly lubricated.
If you ever spot a flyer for a skijoring event, round up the squad, fix a few tasty cocktails, and lace up those winter boots for a day you won’t soon forget.