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45 Favorite Cold Weather Food and Drink Choices

Updated on March 12, 2011

When the temperatures start to fall to freezing or below, it’s time to start thinking about cold weather fare to prepare in the kitchen. Nothing is more warming and relaxing when the weather is cold than warm and delicious comfort foods and hot, steamy drinks.

While comfort foods can taste terrific at any time of the year, they really hit the spot better than anything else can when the weather turns cold! Here are a few suggestions for favorite cold weather food and beverages to enjoy – and to prepare for your family and friends – during the coldest months of winter.

Top 30 Favorite Cold Weather Foods

Whether you’re trying to come up with an idea of what to cook for dinner on a chilly evening or if you’re looking for something warm and comforting to select on from the menu of your favorite restaurant, consider one or more of the following cold weather dishes:

  1. Acorn Squash with Butter and Cinnamon
  2. Apple Cobbler
  3. Baked Sweet Potatoes with Butter and Cinnamon
  4. Beef Stew
  5. Beef Stroganoff
  6. Beer Bread
  7. Beer Cheese Soup
  8. Biscuits with Sausage Gravy
  9. Brunswick Stew
  10. Butternut Squash Soup
  11. Cassoulet
  12. Chicken and Dumplings
  13. Chicken Noodle Soup
  14. Chicken and Rice Casserole
  15. Chili
  16. Cream of Mushroom Soup
  17. Focaccia
  18. French Toast with Warm Syrup
  19. Green Bean Casserole
  20. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  21. Homemade Vegetable Soup
  22. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  23. Pumpkin Bread
  24. Pumpkin Pie
  25. Roasted Root Vegetables
  26. Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole
  27. Split Pea Soup
  28. Sweet Potato Pie
  29. Taco Soup
  30. Turkey and Dressing


Top 15 Favorite Cold Weather Beverages

The next time you’re looking for a beverage to help you stay warm, consider trying one of the following drinks:

  1. Baileys and Coffee (adults only!)
  2. Brandy (adults only)
  3. Coffee and Cocoa (50/50 mixture) topped with marshmallows
  4. Egg Nog (with or without whiskey)
  5. Espresso
  6. Hot Chocolate topped with marshmallows and a sprinkling of cinnamon
  7. Hot Lemonade
  8. Hot Buttered Rum (adults only!)
  9. Hot Toddy (adults only!)
  10. Irish Coffee (adults only!)
  11. Kahlua and Coffee (adults only!)
  12. Spiced Cider
  13. Spiced Hot Tea
  14. Warm Milk
  15. Wassail (hot mixture of orange, apple and pineapple juice seasoned with cinnamon sticks)

Share Your Own Ideas!

This is certainly not an all-inclusive list of healthy, flavorful foods and beverages that are perfect meal and snack options during the coldest months of winter! There are plenty of other options to nourish you and your family members and keep you warm when it’s freezing outside. What cold weather food and beverage items do you find to be particularly warming and comforting? Share your ideas and suggestions for winter sustenance in the comments section below!


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    Boogr 6 years ago from Louisiana

    Yum! Love this hub! Scribe- I love Shepherd's Pie!

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    Jalus 6 years ago

    Enjoying a nice Kahlua and coffee while reading this - Thanks for the good ideas!

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    Mary White 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Great tips! Thanks for adding to the list. :)

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    Scribe For Hire 6 years ago from Connecticut

    Thanks for sharing!

    Shephard's Pie, Macaroni and Cheese and warm, fresh-baked muffins are a few of my cold-weather friends!