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Trail Chef: The Perfect Apres Ski Drink

Warm up after a day of shredding with a homemade hot cocoa.

The snow is finally coming to the high country out here in Colorado, and brahs everywhere are uttering those musical words: “It’s dumpin’!” My holiday wish to you is that you get a few hours to lose yourself in snowy joy before Grandpa shows up in a Santa hat and the carolers make their rounds—and that you toast your killer day on the slopes with some yummy hot cocoa.

But don’t think that you have to stay in-bounds to kick back with a post-ski mug of chocolaty warmth. Backcountry skiers can savor a sip ‘round the campfire, too, with this recipe.

Apres Ski Cocoa
Recipe adapted from Makes 4 cups mix.

2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
¾ cup sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
½ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup powdered nondairy creamer

At home
Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until blended. Pack desired amount in zip-top bags.

In camp/On the slopes
Place three or four spoonfuls of mix into a mug. Add boiling water, stir, and enjoy.

Of course, you eagle-eyed adult readers might have noticed the omission of a key ingredient. I’ve been known to add a dash or two of Bailey’s to my mug on occasion. What’s your favorite spike for a holiday cocoa? Whiskey? Rum? Tell us in the comments section below!

--Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

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Dec 23, 2009

Amaretto and Creme de Cocoa. The blend is awesome in hot chocolate or just a strong cup of coffee.

Instant ant-freeze!

Dec 23, 2009

Butterscotch liqueur - add that to your hot chocolate!

Dec 23, 2009

Butterscotch liqueur - add that to your hot chocolate!

Grasscutter Eric
Dec 23, 2009

After just o.d.-ing on Jack Daniels' Perma Frost Peppermint Schnapps, all I want is the cocoa for now!

Dec 22, 2009


Dec 22, 2009

You can't beat Brandy...or Strah rum for the warmth to weight

Dec 18, 2009

peppermint schnapps with coco ,of course, silly rabbit

Dec 18, 2009

Oh ya!! Mmmm that recipe sounds absolutely delicious!! Ceratainly some drops of whiskey is a great addition for cruising the slopes!

Dec 17, 2009

Peppermint Schnapps for a winter drink


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