Spiked Hot Chocolate

Vodka is a backcountry multi-tool!  This boozy hot chocolate recipe, invented by professional bartender Heather Stinson, features vodka paired with common backpacking ingredients to make “Heather’s Snugglers”.

Snugglers ingredients – Frey Ranch Spirits

Good cocktails require good spirits, so we visited the Frey’s, a 3 generation farming family in Fallon, NV. The Freys are distilling a premiere line of “farm to bottle” spirits that feature ingredients solely grown on their farm.  These are “Heather’s Snugglers” featuring Frey Ranch Vodka.

At Frey Ranch in Fallon, Nevada

How to make a boozy hot chocolate outdoors

Heather Stinson, a professional bartender in Lake Tahoe, was inspired to make a backcountry version of one of her most popular cocktails, the “snuggler”.  Traditionally her snugglers are make with hot chocolate, vodka, schnapps, and topped with whipped cream.  Surprisingly, vodka has many uses that could come in handy in the backcountry. In addition to use as a spirit you can use vodka to sanitize scrapes and wounds, repel insects, induce sleep, relieve tooth aches, clean skin pores, fight dandruff, and vodka helps cure cold sores.  The mint in Heather’s recipe replaces the schnapps and adds refreshment to this otherwise dense chocolaty drink.  Transfer vodka to a plastic flask or lightweight container to cut down on bottle weight and bulk. Always drink and use alcoholic products responsibly!

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Backcountry Snugglers

This recipe is a backcountry twist on a classic winter cocktail.  Use a Jetboil or quick cooking stove.

Cuisine: Beverages
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 2 cup Water
  • 1 Altoid
  • 3 Hersheys Kiss
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Milk
  • 2 oz Vodka
Instructions
  1. Add 2 cup water to pot, turn on backcountry stove and bring water to a boil.

  2. When water begins to boil add Altoid and chocolate. Turn down stove to medium, and stir until chocolate and Altoid are completely melted.

  3. Turn the stove off, pour in 1/2 cup powdered milk, and 2 oz vodka.  Stir for 20 seconds.  Let Snuggles cool for at least 2 minutes.

  4. Pour Heather's Snugglers into mugs or drink right out of the pot used for cooking.

Recipe Notes

Vodka is a very handy tool to take on your next trip into the backcountry.  In addition to use as a spirit you can use vodka to sanitize scrapes and wounds, repel insects, induce sleep, relieve tooth aches, clean skin pores, fight dandruff, and vodka helps cure cold sores. Transfer vodka to a plastic flask or lightweight container to cut down on bottle weight and bulk. Always drink and use alcoholic products responsibly!

 

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