The Eglinton and Caledon Hunt in Canada has thrown down the gauntlet. They claim to have the best recipe for good cheer in their hunt flasks. The challenge is on. Reputations are at stake. Covertside is pleased to be the referee in The Great Hunt Flask Recipe Sip-off.
All MFHA members are invited to contribute their recipes on behalf of their hunt. Simply send your formula to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will print the recipes for the best concoctions after we have recovered from sampling them all.
But first, this is the winning recipe to-date submitted by Carl Feairs, Honorary Whipper-in with the Eglinton and Caledon Hunt. It proved to be the winner in a recent contest held during a hunt social evening. Carl generously pays tribute to the Montreal Hunt as the originators of the recipe but Carl, by exhaustive testing in the saddle, has perfected it further. Here it is in Carl's own words:
My flask recipe is: 5 oz. Eclipse Mount Gay Rum, 1 oz. Quebec maple syrup, 2 oz. water. You can vary the amount of water but as you reduce the amount you need to increase the maple syrup. With no water added I used to use 6.5 oz. rum and 1.5 oz. maple syrup but I found this hits you too hard in the head.
We are sure our American members will wish to challenge the current supremacy of the Canadian formula.
Surely we can look to our neighbors in New England to challenge the claim that Quebec maple syrup is the best ingredient. In the Deep South, can we not expect that the hospitality and impeccable manners of the Old South will produce a worthy recipe?
We anticipate Kentucky, with its reputation for great bourbon and mountain stills, will start distilling something outstanding. What about the Mid-West with all that corn? Surely it can be used for something more appealing than breakfast cereal or cattle feed. We hear you over on the West Coast. You make great wines but how about something a little stronger for the hunt flask?
In the northern states, those cold toes and fingers in the November hunt field must surely have inspired some delicious anti-freeze. Down there in Texas we know you have big hunt flasks but it's what's in them that counts.
In Florida, those oranges are great for juice but surely there are some other uses that pack more of a punch. In the Virginias and the Carolinas we look to you for great hunt country, perfect turnout and adherence to tradition. What is it you put in your flasks that turns the view of perfection from black and white to Technicolor?
After a good gallop and flying a few coops, a sip of the flask sets everything to rights. Aches and pains recede, courage is restored, your heart returns from your mouth to its proper place, good horses seem even better, top rails on the jumps disappear, your companions laugh at your bad jokes, that rider who crossed you at the last jump is forgiven. In short, a good sip of the flask can work wonders. A great recipe can do even more.
Now send us your favorite recipe for your flask and show us that you, too, have the elixir of the gods. Prohibition is over folks, you don't have to look north of the border for the best hooch. Give it your best shot, if you will pardon the pun.