Genre of the Month

Recipe: Klah from the Dragonriders of Pern Series

“This spicy drink is generally served hot, possibly with milk and/or sweetening, sometimes with a splash of a warming liquor. It is brewed from the bark of a native tree. The flavor is something like cinnamony chocolate, with a touch of hazelnut and coffee. It can be drunk cold, but the preferred taste is warm. Klah contains a mild stimulant like caffeine and is used as the morning drink. Everyone but infants drinks klah. Children frequently mix theirs with sweetening and milk until they get used to the pungent infusion.”

The Dragonrider’s Guide to Pern by Jody Lynn with Anne McCaffrey

The air is getting colder and the days shorter, so it’s a good time to take a journey into Pern and drink some nice, warm Klah.  One of the definitive stories of the Science-Fantasy genre, the world of Pern can be explored through over forty novels, novellas, atlases, and short stories!  Just in case your “to-be-read” pile wasn’t high enough.  This recipe is perfect for reading in the cold, when you need a little boost, or just when you want something sweet.  

This is a variation on the official recipe, and does contain caffeine but the alcohol is optional.  Grab your favorite mug, your dragon, and these ingredients:


– 1.5 cups of heavy cream

– 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk

– 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

– 4 cups milk

– 2 cups brewed hazelnut coffee

– 1 tsp vanilla extract

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– Rum (optional)


In a large pot combine all of the ingredients on low heat.  Stir regularly and cook for 30-35 minutes or until the chocolate is fully melted.  Pour into mugs, top with whipped cream, marshmallows, and some cinnamon if you like. Alternatively, you can make this in a crock-pot to keep warm over several hours or if you feel like sharing.  

We hope you enjoy this drink and happy reading!