The Best Cold Weather Beverages

With the weather turning chilly, we asked Penn Appétit staff for their best cold weather beverage recommendations (for the second year in a row!). From teas to coffees to wine, they delivered. Here’s our staff’s favorite cold weather beverages.


London Fog

It’s quick, easy, and cheap to make–perfect for a college student who just needs a quick boost of caffeine but doesn’t want to fall out of their chair. Although some may call it basic, the steamed milk and vanilla combined with the herbal earl grey make it the perfect hot drink.


Joy Chen, Layout

Mulled Wine

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Winter isn’t an occurrence back home in San Francisco—the weather never dips below freezing and so we never get snow. But mulled wine is everything I imagine a bitter winter day spent holed up at home should feel like. A day spent baking and reading indoors, nursing a sweet and invitingly warm cup of mulled wine in hand.


Hannah Chan, Design

Iced Chai with Pumpkin Cream

 
 
 
 
 
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As a coffee hater, I’ve never been able to really experience the autumn pumpkin spice craze each year. Now that I’ve discovered the magic that is pumpkin cream, I have exclusively been drinking iced chai with pumpkin cream. The nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin are the warm hug we most need during the cold weather seasons and now, even us coffee haters can partake in this yearly pumpkin tradition.


Yasmine Mezoury, Digital

Gong cha Dirty Brown Sugar Ginger Milk Tea

This drink sounds like a lot, I know, but ordering it hot makes the perfect sweet, creamy, and rich beverage to get you through even the coldest of winter days. Plus, the ginger adds a bit of extra heat that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit.


Serena Huang, Digital

Peppermint Hot Chocolate from Starbucks

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If there’s one flavor to represent the holiday season, it’s peppermint. One drink that can do no wrong? Hot chocolate. Mix them together and you get a drink full of holiday spirit that not only spreads cheer but also warms you up during the cold winter nights.


Emily Liu, Digital

Metro’s Honey Bee Latte

 
 
 
 
 
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The honey bee latte at Metro has the perfect touch of sweetness to a classic latte. It’s warm, inviting, and helps get the day started on a happy note. If you haven’t tried it, give it the chance it deserves. Also a great pairing to any of Metro’s delicious morning pastries.


Alyssa Furukawa, Culinary

Peppermint Mocha

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I am normally a die hard oat milk latte gal. But nothing screams holidays like a peppermint mocha! With the stress of finals coming up, it’s a great way to get my caffeine fix while also feeling festive! I love to DIY it, but most coffee shops have them!


Nicole Wojnowski, Digital

Hot Corn Tea

Explaining that I love drinking sweetened corn water to other people usually comes with very perplexed and slightly disgusted looks, and I haven’t been able to find someone else that has tried this before. This is something my grandma used to make for me as a kid, where after she would boil corn on the cob, she would use the remaining water in the pot and sweeten it with either sugar or honey. I swear by it on a cold day, and it also works really well served over ice during a hot summer.


Rebecca Jiang, Editorial

Trader Joe’s Pomegranate White Tea

I’m not normally one for fruity teas, but Trader Joe’s Pomegranate White Tea is the exception. Slightly sweet and tart, it is perfect for a chilly winter day. The pomegranate flavor balances with subtle hints of tea. Find it in a box in the tea aisle.


Shaila Lothe, Digital

Turmeric Milk Late

Also Known As: Golden Latte, Haldi Doodh

We Indians have been drinking turmeric milk for ages and it’s recently become more mainstream and accessible at coffee shops, and called ~golden lattes~ 🙂 This stuff is SERIOUSLY so so healing and has a ton of immunity boosting/anti inflammatory/antioxidant properties. Drink it for a really cozy winter drink and to keep your immune system super healthy.


Shreya Subramanian, Digital

Chai Latte

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Hot chai in the winter feels like a hug in drink form. It gives you all the warmth and comfort of drinking hot chocolate, but it’s a bit lighter!

Erin Lee, Digital

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