With the cooler weather approaching, I decided it was about time to bring on the Hot Toddy. I love these things! They are even considered an old fashioned cure for those winter colds and flues we all dread. "Medicine" that's actually delicious, count me in!
While you’re sipping this satisfying concoction, I suggest checking out The Tent by Kealan Patrick Burke. Horror, just like anything, comes in phases. In the 80’s, for example, slasher horror films were a new concept and inundated the market, thankfully creating a niche for famous characters like Jason and Freddy Krueger. After that, there was a spike in contagion and apocalyptic horror books and film. A phase, horror is still in, think Walking Dead and 10 Cloverfield Lane. In the same vein, I read an article recently that explained an element modern horror is lacking: new monsters. The piece suggested authors need to step away from the overused vampires, werewolves, and zombies and think outside the box. Without spoiling too much, in this novella, Burke does just that.
What's the plot?
A man, desperate to save his failing marriage, brings his wife and son on a camping trip. For an authentic adventure, he decides to derail from the designated trails. It isn’t until night begins to descend that he admits he is lost. To make matters worse, there is something strange about the woods.
Scary or Nay?
I do not recommend this novella for readers who are new to the horror genre. This tale is for those of you like me who enjoy the weird, the strange, and the ugly.
The recipe I have here is a satisfying combination of chai and spiced rum. Add a splash of vanilla extract and cinnamon to highlight the spicy, earthy tones present in the tea. As these characters wander through the dark, cold woods it will leave you wishing for a warm drink. Good thing you’ll have this Chai Hot Toddy at the ready.
Chai Hot Toddy
Yields: 1 serving
What You Need:
- 1 cup water
- 1 chai tea bag
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp cinnamon (more for garnish)
- 2 to 3 tbs milk
- 1 ounce spiced rum
What You Do:
1. Bring water to a boil in a small pot or kettle. Pour into mug and steep tea for 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Remove tea bag. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and milk. Let cool for a few minutes. Mix in rum, sprinkle with cinnamon, and enjoy!
"If you go down to these woods today, you won't live to see the sunrise."
-Kealan Patrcik Burke