Drinkables can make or break a meal sometimes. Most noteworthy is that it adds to the ambiance of the campfire circle. In addition to hot drinks, we have some great cold ones to refresh you on a hot day. Finally, whether your taste is alcoholic or non-alcoholic, we have some lovely recipes for you to try.
Hot Apple Cider
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 tsp. maple syrup or sugar
- a cinnamon stick
- a pinch of nutmeg
- (For The Adults, And You Will Thank Me) 1 oz. Canadian whiskey
Place everything but the whiskey in a saucepan and heat. Next, simmer gently for about five or ten minutes. Finally, pour into mugs and add whiskey to the grownups’ mugs. Sip happily and ask for seconds.
Mulled Dr. Pepper
Oh yes we did…Just remember to bring a cotton spice bag to camp.
- 4 cups Dr. Pepper
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- mixture made of 1/8 tsp. each allspice, cloves, nutmeg & cardamom and placed in cotton spice bag
- 4 cinnamon sticks
In a medium pot place spice bag (make sure draw string is pulled taut) and add Dr. Pepper. Put rest of ingredients into pot, including cinnamon sticks, and bring to a simmer. Simmer very gently for about 15 minutes to a half hour. Remove spice bag and place one cinnamon stick in each of four mugs. Divide mulled Dr. Pepper among the mugs. Another suggestion is that it may be topped with a finger of Canadian whiskey if it’s really cold and the kids are in bed, for drinkables you’ll want seconds of.
Cinnamon Mocha Coffee
This is the perfect campfire coffee for winter or anytime it starts to get cold. It’s so good you’ll want to try it at home, too!
1/2 cup ground dark roast coffee
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon powder
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. allspice
- 5 cups water
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup chocolate syrup (store bought or this mind-blowing recipe)
- 1/8 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Whipped cream or marshmallow to top coffee (optional)
Combine coffee grounds and spices in a bowl and stir to combine. Pour into the basket of a drip or percolating coffee maker. Add water to coffee pot, insert basket, place over heat to percolate. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine the milk, syrup, and brown sugar and heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Next, stir in vanilla. Add percolated coffee and pour into mugs, topping with whipped cream and drizzling with extra syrup in addition if desired, maybe even a pinch of cinnamon. Add a tot of Bailey’s or some Irish whiskey if you want. Heaven.