Cold Weather Drinks – A People’s Guide to Surviving the Cold

Cold Weather DrinksAs we now head into the last two months of the year and the temperatures are beginning to fall, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of cold weather drinks to help keep folks warm during those brisk tailgating days. But instead of turning to Google to find a list of the top 10 drinks, I wanted to turn to you the people. So I put out the call on our social media accounts (BTW, you should follow us if you aren’t already!) and the people did not disappoint. Below is a list that’s been curated by the people and for the people. I want to really thank everyone who responded with their drink suggestions, it was a lot of fun interacting with you, so give yourselves a pat on the back for being so awesome. Without any further ado, check out our list of cold weather drinks to help you keep warm during those cold tailgating occasions.

Cold Weather Drinks

Rafaela – Left over Summer Shandy

-Summer Shandy by Leinenkugel is one of the premiere summer-time brews in the Midwest.  You know Summer has officially arrived once you start seeing these in your local bottle shop. If you plan ahead right, you can buy a few cases at the end of the Summer to hold on until winter arrives. It may be cold outside, but the taste of a lemon shandy can give you a brief thought of a warm summer day.

-While Summer Shandy has the distinction of being the only beer on this list, I have no problems enjoying this while it’s cold outside. In a pinch, should you find yourself without any actual Summer Shandy this winter, adding some lemon to your Coors Light or Bud Light is a great beer hack as well.


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Joni – Cinnamon Schnapps

-Cinnamon Schnapps are a personal favorite of mine, not only for tailgating but for any outdoor activity you do in cold weather. It’s also one of my go-to’s for snowboarding. But it’s also so versatile. You can drink it straight or make a variety of cocktails with this one liqueur.

-Depending on what brand you go with, the overall level of cinnamon flavor will vary. In my opinion, brands like Goldschläger and Hot 100 provide more of a hot, concentrated cinnamon flavor while brands like Aftershock and Hot Damn! are more of a sweeter, less intense flavor. Whichever way you like it, cinnamon schnapps are a sure-fire way to keep you feeling warm while you’re enjoying the outdoors.

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Andrew – Nips out of a traveler of Peppermint Schnapps

-Peppermint Schnapps are another great option with tons of versatility. It makes for a great single shot, a sipper, or you can mix it in to make a tasty drink. If you fashion yourself to be a do-it-yourself person, you can even try your hand at making peppermint schnapps in your own home.

-It may not give you the intense warm feeling that cinnamon schnapps provide, but the peppermint flavor does provide a nice cool and refreshing feeling. There are plenty of brands out there that provide peppermint schnapps, so it’s fun to experiment and see which one you prefer. And while we are on the subject of this liquor and what you can do with it….

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Candy and Jeanie_Ray – Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps

-Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Schnapps is one of my favorite cold weather drinks. As a kid growing up with playing fall and winter sports and playing outside, there was nothing better than warming up with hot chocolate. Now as an adult, adding peppermint schnapps only elevates this drink even more.

-What’s great about this drink is you can make it in a large batch and keep warm in a crock pot for those bigger tailgating outings. Your guests will surely thank you for providing this drink during those colder days of the year.

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Danielle, Danni, and Tomahawk Tailgating – Hot Cider & Fireball/Hot 100

-This drink was the most popular among all the entries, and for good reason too. Fireball has blown up over the past few years in popularity. You can see it not only in the tailgating lot, but in bars and bottle shops as well. It has that combination of being available, affordable, and quite drinkable.

-If you’re a big fan of hot apple cider, the addition of either Fireball or Hot 100 brings it to the next level. Even though Fireball is a whiskey and Hot 100 is schnapps, I don’t think you’ll find too much of a different between the two taste wise when you mix the ingredients together. The hot cider provides that warm, familiar comfort feeling. While the cinnamon liquor (of your choice) adds that extra kick to really give you that toasty feeling. This drink can be served as an individual cocktail or made up into a large batch as well.

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Martyn – Mulled Wine

-Mulled wine has been a hot drink staple for years.. and years… and years. After a quick Wikipedia search, spiced and heated wine was first recorded in Rome during the 2nd century. Since then it’s evolved and changed over time, but it still remains to be a popular drink option over the colder months and the holidays.

-What’s great about mulled wine are the different ways that it can be prepared and served. If you’re not much of a beer or liquor drinker I would highly recommend giving this a chance. And for those wine drinkers who are looking to change up their wine game at the next tailgate, you won’t be let down. Much like some of the other drinks on this list, mulled wine can be prepared in large batches and kept warm in a crock pot.



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Jon – Hot Chocolate and Chambord

-Now this drink was completely out of my radar. I would’ve never thought to combine hot chocolate and Chambord together. And to be completely honest, as of this writing, I haven’t tried it yet. However, I don’t think you can go wrong with combining chocolate and raspberry.

-Anyone who is looking to explore outside of the hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps staple should consider trying this drink. I know I will be trying this out sometime this winter. If you’ve had this before, I’d love to hear what your thoughts are in the comments below.



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Aaron – Hot Apple Pie

-There’s nothing more American than apple pie so it only makes sense to take this national food icon and turn it into a boozy cocktail. Hot Apple Pie can be the cure to your cold weather tailgating blues, as it takes the warm, delicious taste of cider and adds the in-your-face kick of Everclear.

-Now since this drink does contain Everclear, you certainly want to be responsible with how much you consume if you’re using a 190-proof bottle. Nevertheless, this drink is best enjoyed as a nice sipper. And before long you’ll begin to feel your whole body warm up, even on the coldest of tailgating days.



The Wrap Up

Well there you have it, our first ever People’s drink list! I had a lot of fun curating these drinks and interacting with all of you so we’ll more than likely do this again sometime down the road. As we continue to build this website out, make sure to check out our Tailgating Drink Recipes page for more drink ideas. But now I’d like to hear from you, what do you think about this list? Is there a drink that is missing and should be included? What are your go-to drinks for keeping warm when its cold outside? I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


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