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February 2006

5-Minute Meals: Cups Of Cold-Weather Comfort

Four new recipes for belly-warming campfire drinks

©Mitch Mandel; styling by Melissa DeMayo

Late-Night Ginger Mocha

2 cups water
2 teaspoons Postum
2 packets instant hot cocoa (skip the flavored type)
2 tablespoons instant nonfat powdered milk
½ teaspoon or so ground ginger, to taste
Pinch of nutmeg

At home Mix Postum, cocoa, milk, ginger, and nutmeg in a zipper-lock bag. Using caffeine-free Postum–a wheat-based, coffee-flavored beverage–makes this an ideal evening alternative to coffee, especially for light sleepers, and the ginger adds a unique flavor while settling your stomach and relaxing your mind. Tip: This drink tastes best when the ratio of ingredients is exact; to ensure great flavor in every cup, carry additional servings in their own individual bags.
In camp Boil water, let cool a minute or two, then pour into mug with dry mix. (Hot-chocolate manufacturers say boiling water can burn powdered cocoa, which can result in a slightly bitter drink.) Serves 1.

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