After spending time in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, I can tell you first hand, it can be downright cold there! Located about 2000 miles from Antarctica, the days can be long, dreary, windy, and bitter. Don’t get me wrong, the weather can be beautiful with blue sunny skies, but it’s never “hot” there. The time I spent in Port Stanley was beautiful. I was blessed with picture-perfect, sunny skies and temperatures worthy of a light jacket.
SO HOW DOES ONE SURVIVE THE WEATHER OF PORT STANLEY?
The typical ways to survive the frigid, dreary climate are familiar to all of us and include:
- Always dress in layers and don’t forget to wear a hat, gloves, and a scarf. Clothes made from wool, cotton, silk, or fleecy fabrics are warmest-wearing fabrics that wick the moisture. While spending time inside, be sure to don warm socks (sherpa lined) and slippers to keep your feet cozy.
- Keep the cold out by checking your windows and insulation.
- Stay active.
- Use hand and foot warmers in your gloves and shoes.
- Cuddle up with someone you love!
- Have warming food and drinks.
And, #6 is what we are discussing today….. have warming food and drinks! Now we’re talking! After doing some research on this particular subject, I found that the people of Port Stanley, bring a typical Hot Toddy to a whole new level! How do they do this? Well, read on for the recipe!
THE FALKLAND ISLANDS WARMER:
Found in the Trader Vic’s Book of Food and Drink, this recipe is sure to warm you up on the coldest of days. And, if it doesn’t warm you, I have the distinct feeling that after enough of them, the cold temperatures, will be the least of your worries! (I’m thinking you should have acetaminophen on hand for the next day’s hang-over!)
Legend has it that the good people of the Falkland Islands would seek the Falkland Islands Warmer Cocktail when they were cold, tired, or just wanted to get a good “drunk” on! I’m told that during the War of 1986, this was also a popular cocktail for the cold and weary soldiers.
- 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
- 1/4 teaspoon of sugar (or to taste)
- 1 ounce (or more) of Drambuie
- hot water (not boiling)
- Mix the lemon juice and sugar in a rocks glass or old-fashioned glass or even more practical- a mug. Add the Drambuie and hot water.
- Garnish with a lemon slice (optional)
- Pretty simple and takes less than 3 minutes to make one cocktail. using the above ingredients, you can actually miss everything in advance, adding the hot water per serving. Depending on the size of your group, this is actually the practical thing to do.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 7.9, Sodium 0.1, Carbohydrate 2.4, Fiber 0.1, Sugar 1.4, Protein 0.1
My Personal Experience with the Falkland Island Warmer:
I personally enjoyed a few of the Falkland Islands Warmer when I participated in a polar lounge in Saranda, Albania a couple of years back. A polar plunge is traditional on the Christian Epiphany Day, celebrated on January 6. The day was cold and windy. The water felt icy cold and the skies looked like they were going to open up any second! Now picture this: 10 of us were intent on this polar plunge and we marched to the pre-designated waterfront with energy and stamina!
Each of us dilly-dallied getting in, but finally, all at once, we took the plunge! Wow, it was cold. A cross was thrown, which is tradition: whoever retrieves the cross is said to be blessed for the rest of the year! Yours truly was the winner but not without debate! I’m the one that threw the cross, so did I really win or was it a pre-ordained plan on my part? A reasonable question, right?
I was so ready for this polar plunge, that I had arranged for a person to wait onshore for me with a nice warm, cozy sherpa blanket. This well-laid plan was a bust because he was taking video and laughing so hard, that he forgot all about his duty as blanket-holder! The rain did come and honestly, it was warmer than the water I had just gotten out of! Meeting back “at our warm spot” a friend had Falkland Island Warmers waiting. I can tell you from personal experience, that not only do they taste good, but they will warm you from the inside out!
On the next cold day, warm up the way the people of Port Stanley do with a Falkland Islands Warmer! Leave a comment on this page and let us know how you liked it and if indeed, you were warmed all over!
Until next time, friends, remember: “To Travel is to Live”!
Next up on my travels takes us through South Africa and my safari adventures!