Hot Drinks to Keep You Warm at the Tailgate

Whether you’re tailgating at a football game or fresh back to the house from sledding, a nice warm drink can help keep you toasty and prevent you from overindulging in high-calorie alcoholic beverages. For a healthy and toasty tailgate, skip the alcohol and stay warm with some of these yummy hot drinks.

Hot chocolate

Stick with the classic or try one of the dozens of add-ins. If you need a bit more than concession-stand hot cocoa, try adding a peppermint stick or two!

Hot cider

Heat up some store-bought cider in the microwave or spice it up with cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, and orange and lemon peel. Both options are delicious!


Just like hot chocolate and hot cider, there’s a reason we love the classics. Whether you drink your coffee black, with cream and sugar, or with all the trimmings, it’s bound to be a bright spot in your blustery tailgate. Go for decaf if it’s in the evening. Just remember: The more you add in, the higher the calories!


Green, black, oolong, white, herbal — the list of tea options goes on and on. Try it with lemon,  honey, or both!

Spiced chai

The combination of spices make this drink perfect for a cold day. Whip up a delicious spiced chai with a prepackaged blend or, if you prefer, you can make your own spice mix in no time!


If you’re struggling to pass up on coffee shop concoctions, you can craft your own version of a latte at home before the tailgate. It’ll keep your wallet and health in check.

Matcha milk

If you’re feeling adventurous, take this Japanese delicacy for a spin. All it takes is matcha powder, almond milk, agave syrup, vanilla extract, and a dash of cinnamon! This healthy drink will keep you warm at the tailgate and keep your diet on track.

By avoiding sweet coffee shop beverages, as well as alcoholic ones, you can enjoy a cold-weather tailgate without sacrificing your healthy diet.


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