By Haley Broughton, E23 Reporter

Since I was born in South Dakota and raised in the Chicagoland suburbs, I would go as far as to say I’m an expert on the cold. Cold-expert? Coldspert? Colbert? I must admit, however, I’ve never experienced a winter quite as terrifying as January in Columbia, Missouri. For the most part it was warm, which to some was probably a blessing, but the lack of cold caused my Midwest-senses to start tingling violently. The beautiful weather now only means absolutely horrendous weather later.

So what’s a freezing MU tiger to do when the cold backhand of Mother Nature comes down and pimp smacks us all?

DRINK! No, not in that way ya filthy animals. I’m talking about the nice, cozy, and legally able to be consumed by all ages drinks. So grab your favorite mug (mine says, “FOXY GRANDPA”) and a robe because things are about to get comfy.

  1. Rooibos tea mixed with milk/sugar or honey

Rooibos Tea

This is the tea of royalty. It was introduced to me by my best friend Mika’s South African dad, who used to make it for us every time I came over. It’s a red tea, so on its own it’s sweet. But, by adding a fair amount of milk and just a little sugar, it pretty much tastes like liquid happiness. When Mika, her father and I would have “tea time”, the tea was always accompanied by a plate of cookies for dunking. Soooooo delicious. In college, I’ve found myself in the middle of a milk shortage- I’m broke shut up- so I’ve substituted honey for the milk/sugar combo and it tastes just as super. This drink warms you up right to the core of your very being.

2. Caramel macchiato from literally any coffee place- it’s a staple

Caramel macchiato for tea #cafe
I thank this drink for helping me make it to my 9 a.m. without my eyes falling out of my head. Thank you drink. I love you drink. I’ve heard it’s quite popular in the frozen drink department, but as far as I’m concerned that department shuts down as soon as the temperature drops below 40 degrees. Not only will the Caramel Macchiato get your daily caffeine fix in, but its mix of vanilla syrup on bottom and foamy milk and caramel drizzled on top will just shoot you right back to the holiday season. It makes me feel cozy even when I’m walking around in my Tuesday morning best- joggers and a quarter zip.

3. Hot chocolate

 

Make your own hot chocolate mix

You knew this was coming. I didn’t even have to say it, but I did anyway. This drink is special to me. I want to name my first son Hot Chocolate. I will name my second son Marshmallow. My third son will be named Gin and Juice and so on and so froth. I mean forth. Dang it.

4. Just add an extra espresso shot!

espresso shot

Look at this little baby thing. It’s so cute I want to hug it, absorb it and use it to fuel my caffeine addiction. What I’ve found is that if I add an extra espresso shot to my usual coffee order, I get really excited and jittery and thus remain warmer. Yep. I am endorsing getting the shakes from caffeine to stay warm. I mean, it’s basically like a liquid induced shiver, right? Nothing harmful. Please don’t sue me.

5. THE BLOOD OF YOUR ENEMIES
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They say revenge is best served cold, but science tell us that fresh blood is warm. A perfect drink for when the winter blues gets ya feelin down. Now drink up my young ones, we have work to do.

This has been my top five drinks to drink to beat the cold that will inevitably destroy us all! Stay warm and drink up!