A New, Northern Summer Cocktail Recipe
blueberry leaf garnish optional; fancy stump side table required
2017 was a great year for blueberries.
Supposedly, there’s a connection between the abundance of blackflies in any given year and the blueberry crop. Blackflies don’t pollinate blueberries, but if the bugs are atrocious in spring, the blueberries will be incredible come August. It was an awfully wet summer in Ontario – we had 14 days of rain on an 18-day trip this year – and our toil and slogging through the mud was rewarded with enough blueberries to bake a pie every day.
It’s rainy, it’s cold. Butter will keep you warm.
Is there anything better than booze, apple cider, and butter, all in one mug?
No. No, there isn’t, especially when it’s cold and damp outside. For cold-weather camping, you need a lot of extra calories to sustain you and keep you warm during the night. This libation does just the trick! The recipe is a bit involved, and requires lots of at-home prep work, but once you’ve made your butter you can keep it in the freezer, ready to go for your next adventure.
launching with an icy, just-defrosted craft brew? pop it in a canoe cup-holder for safekeeping
If I’m lucky enough to be camping in an area without a ban on bottles and cans, you can bet I’m bringing along some beer. I’m a beer drinker, nay! connoisseur, and there’s nothing quite like cracking a can of frosty brew on a hot summer day after sweating my ass off carrying an eighty-five pound food barrel on my back over mosquito-infested portages on a canoe trip.
How do I keep my beer chilled and delicious without refrigeration, you ask?
I freeze it.