Tailgating is a universally loved fall pastime. As the season progresses however, the weather goes from bright and sunny to crisp and breezy. Holding an ice-cold beer between frozen fingers suddenly doesn't sound appealing. These 7 hot cocktails will add some much-needed warmth to your chilly fall tailgate.
1. Peppermint Hot Chocolate
With the holidays approaching, nothing will warm your spirit quite like spiked hot cocoa. Add peppermint vodka to your Nestlé powder for an instant chocolatey pick-me-up. Or, if you're feeling ambitious, brew your own version for a thicker, richer beverage.
2. Fireball Cider Sangria
This homemade apple cider far surpasses any kind you'll find in the local Giant Eagle. Pouring a healthy dose of Fireball into the concoction provides a spicy kick that perfectly compliments the apple flavors.
3. Spiked PSL
What better way to embrace fall weather than with the help of pumpkin-flavored cocktails? Those head-over-heels for the PSL will fall in love with this boozy alternative. Give Starbucks a run for its money with our vegan version.
4. Irish Coffee
Early morning tailgates just got easier. Start your day off right with bagels and Irish coffee, adding a much-needed breakfast component to any sleep-deprived football fan's tailgate. Especially recommended for Notre Dame students looking to embrace the Fighting Irish culture.
5. Hot Toddy
Flu season hits hard and fast on college campuses. Luckily, you can get through your winter weather cold without compromising your social life. The ingredients in this tea-based cocktail will soothe your throat, making it all-the-more possible to cheer on your team.
6. Alcoholic Latte
This warm, espresso-filled beverage is the perfect weekend treat to kick off your tailgate. Indulge in your favorite latte — with a twist.
7. Hot Chocolate Cabernet
Red, red (chocolate) wine. Use your favorite red wine to create another decadent cocktail worth the extra effort. They don't call chocolate and wine the perfect pairing for nothin'.
The next time you start to pack a cooler before heading to the football stadium, consider brewing some of these fall flavored cocktails instead. You'll host the most fun and seasonal tailgate in the lot, while remaining warm inside and out.