Winter picnic ideas: recipes and top tips

Winter picnic ideas: recipes and top tips
Keep out the chill with a warming spiced hot chocolate (Photo: B Lee/WTML)

Picnics aren’t just for summer. As the weather gets chillier, a bracing walk in the woods is just the thing to help you work up an appetite. So why not take a picnic along?

Winter picnic ideas and top tips

Keep it simple

Pack things that are easy to eat. Fiddling around with your food is tricky with cold fingers! Think biscuits, cubes of cheese, sausage rolls, individually wrapped cakes, fruit…
Hot food, such as jacket potatoes, will keep warm for a couple of hours if wrapped in foil, bundled together and then wrapped in tea towels.

Hand warmers

There’s nothing like cupping your cold hands around a steaming mug of soup or hot chocolate. Take along a thermos flask filled with your favourite soup, or try one of our spicy drink recipes to help keep out the chill.

Wrap up warm

Remember that several layers of clothing are warmer than one thick item, and easier to shed if you get too hot running around. Wear an extra pair of socks and don’t forget a hat.
If your hands get frozen, eat your picnic wearing a pair a fingerless gloves.

Remember to pack…

  • something waterproof to sit on – logs and woodland picnic seats can be damp, even if the weather’s dry
  • sanitising hand wipes
  • kitchen roll (or napkins)
  • a plastic bag to take rubbish home.

Winter picnic recipes

Mulled apple juice recipe

You will need:

  • 1 litre of apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • a few pieces of orange peel.

Put all the ingredients into a pan and simmer gently for about ten minutes.
Spiced berry cordial is delicious too. It’s the wrong season to forage for fresh berries but you can cheat by diluting some of your favourite shop-bought berry cordial and simmering it with spices, as above.

Spiced hot chocolate recipe

You will need:

  • a cup of hot chocolate for each person (the spice quantities are based on 4 servings)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (for serving).

Why not top it with a marshmallow snowman?

You will need:

  • 2 white marshmallows for each snowman
  • cocktail sticks
  • blue and red food colouring.

Use one marshmallow for the head. Dip a cocktail stick in blue food colouring and paint on his eyes. Then use the red colouring for his mouth. Use the blue colouring to paint a row of dots down the other marshmallow to make buttons, then use the cocktail stick to pin them together.

Have a fun day!
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