Winter is just around the corner, thus what should I be drinking? My normal summer tipple of Gin and Tonic, or should I move over to darker more homely drinks, like perhaps rum and coke? Is there a particular wine that is evocative of cold days and warm fireplaces? Or perhaps I should just simply remove ice from gin and carry on - any suggestions?

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    This question in it's current format isn't really a good fit for the Stack Exchange format. Broad suggestions are primarily opinion based, but the question could be re-worded to look for drinks that are most commonly drunk in the winter – Canadian Coder Aug 26 at 23:01
  • Have you done a Google search. Lots of stuff comes up for “winter cocktail” like esquire.com/food-drink/drinks/gmp385/winter-cocktails – Eric Shain Aug 27 at 13:29
  • I get where you are coming from, however simply googling it would mean that no one ever came to this site. I will however try to re-word it. – dougal 5.0.0 Sep 1 at 6:44
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    Personal, winter is stout season. – Eric Shain Sep 5 at 2:44
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I'll just go ahead and answer this question assuming it's better formed, something like:

  • Which drinks are most popular in the winter?

The difference to me in which drinks to choose in the summer versus the winter comes from the temperature in which you're drinking. In the summer people typically crave something that is light, cool, and refreshing in the hot weather, where in the winter they want something that sticks to their bones and warms the cockles. Some examples:

Summer Drinks

  • Pilsner
  • Lager
  • Weiss
  • IPAs
  • Fruity cocktails (vodka, rum)
  • Caesars
  • Light bodied, medium to sweet wines

Winter Drinks

  • Stouts
  • Porters
  • Full bodied, dry red wines
  • Mulled Wine
  • Whisky
  • Brandy
  • Autumn or Winter (spiced) ales

Caveat

That said, really just drink and enjoy whatever you want, whenever you want. But in my experience it's usually the summer when I don't want the heavier drinks rather than vice versa. I'm much more likely to drink a light beer in the winter than something dark in the summer, although I'll drink whisky all year round.

  • I love the Caveat! – dougal 5.0.0 Sep 7 at 6:37
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    In particular I think of rose as a summer wine. Hot coffee based cocktails like Irish coffee are winter drinks. – Eric Shain Sep 7 at 16:46

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