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5 Gourmet Coffee Drinks You Can Make on the Trail

Leaving a cozy sleeping bag takes its own brand of liquid courage. Find the brew style that suits you best, and use these recipes to serve it with a flourish.

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Vanilla Latte

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Pure vanilla powder adds warm, delicate flavor to this classic cup.

  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla powder 
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered vanilla coffee creamer
  • ¼ cup whole milk powder

At home: Blend sugar and half the vanilla powder and package in a zip-top bag. Combine all other ingredients in a separate baggie.

In camp: Brew coffee. Stir in mix until dissolved, then garnish with vanilla sugar and serve.

Gingerbread Latte

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Cookie in a cup? Yes, please.

  • 2 tsp. molasses
  • ¼ cup whole milk powder
  • 1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 1 pinch nutmeg, ground
  • ¼ tsp. ginger, ground

At home: Pack dry ingredients in a zip-top bag, setting aside half the ginger. Measure molasses into an empty corner of the same bag and use a twist tie to separate it. Pack extra ginger separately.

In camp: Brew coffee. Remove twist tie and gently knead molasses into dry ingredients. Stir latte mix into mug until dissolved. Dust with ginger, then serve.

Mexican Coffee

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Chilly evening? This spiced drink (and its dash of tequila) will warm you from the inside out.

  • ¼ cup whole milk powder 
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. muscovado or dark brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 shot tequila (optional)

At home: Combine dry ingredients in a zip-top bag. Pack tequila in a leakproof container.

In camp: Brew coffee. Stir in mix until dissolved. Add tequila and serve.

Coco Mocha

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Add some sweetness to your joe with this chocolatey recipe.

  • 2 Tbsp. coconut cream powder 
  • ¼ cup whole milk powder 
  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate milk powder

At home: Pack 1 pinch coconut cream powder in a zip-top bag. Combine all other ingredients in a separate baggie.

In camp: Brew coffee. Stir in mocha mix until dissolved. Sprinkle with coconut cream powder and serve.

Cinnamon Spice Latte

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Fire up your palate with this spicy-sweet drink.

  • ½ tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 1 Tbsp. muscovado or dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup whole milk powder
  • 1⁄8 tsp. nutmeg, ground
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered vanilla coffee creamer

At home: Pack a pinch of cinnamon in a zip-top bag. Combine all other ingredients in a separate baggie.

In camp: Brew coffee. Stir in spice mix until dissolved. Dust with extra cinnamon and serve.

Tip: All recipes are for 1 cup of dark roast coffee, which holds its flavor at a wider range of temperatures and is better for cold-weather brewing. Learn how to make the perfect cup with our guide to brewing camp coffee.