Hot or Cold Drinks

@Suebee (2013)
Canada
June 29, 2012 3:26pm CST
I've been seeing a few discussions on here about the weather and how hot it is, being a heat wave in some places. My question is, do you still drink hot drinks like coffee and tea and hot chocolate in the hot, humid weather? Does drinking hot drinks really make you feel hotter or is it in your head? Is it just the concept you have about hot drinks? For example, I consider hot chocolate a drink for a cold winter day, after some outside activity such as skating outdoors, tobogganing, playing hockey etc. We have it in our minds that it warms us up, but does it really? The same goes for cold drinks in hot weather. A nice, tall, cold glass of ice water or iced tea on a hot summers day makes us think we are cooling down but are we really? Or are we just quenching our thirst? Personally, I still drink hot coffee on hot days and I find that it doesn't make me feel any hotter. What's your take?
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@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
29 Jun 12
I only drink hot drinks in the winter (and the occasional penny-in-the slot hot chocolate or hot vanilla in the fall and spring), I'm not a crazy fan of them, I've always liked cold, cool beverages better. I even drink them in the winter (not when I'm really cold, though). I love my cold water, lemonade, iced tea and fizzy drinks :).
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
29 Jun 12
So, my question is, do the hot drinks in the winter warm you up or is it a mind-set? Do the cool drinks in the winter make you feel more cold? I too love drinking a cold glass of water, winter or summer. I still have to have at least one cup of coffee in the morning though, whether winter or summer. Habit I guess.
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
29 Jun 12
I feel they warm me up in the winter... but maybe it's because of the mindset and that I'm drinking something warm :).
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
29 Jun 12
Ahhhh ok. That is what I'm curious about, whether it's a mind set or an actual physical thing.
• United States
29 Jun 12
Hi Suebee, For me, it's more than psychological because sometimes I break out into a sweat if I drink hot drinks in the summer time. I think a lot of hot drinks are sources of caffeine and caffeine speeds up my metabolism. I can drink warm peppermint tea in the summer and it doesn't make me too warm. Cold peppermint tea seems to be "balancing" for me in the summer. I can also consume cayenne, curry powder and jalapenos and experience an internal warming effect whether it's summer or winter. Maybe I'm hypersensitive.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
29 Jun 12
Ahhhh, that was also something I was wondering about. Is it the same for food?
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
29 Jun 12
With the hot peppers and curry I actually start to sweat, so yes, I guess the effect from spicy, hot foods is physical. What about just hot foods though? Hot as in cooked in the oven as opposed to cold foods such as salad?
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
4 Jul 12
I feel that it is a question of habit dying hard. For example, in our country most of our people start the day with a hot cup of tea, coffee or milk. In South India, coffee is very popular and filter coffee from south India has an aroma that is simply unbeatable. People are generally used to waking up early and they drink their coffee or tea before the sun goes up .Our country is a tropical one and it is hot in most parts. Drinking hot tea or coffee suits many; sometimes during summer I prefer a hot cup of tea when I get a head ache due to the intense heat. Of course a cool glass of lemonade enhanced with ice cubes, salt and sugar would be most refreshing during the day. It is more of a ‘feel good factor’ than having a real cooling effect on the body. On the other hand, a glass of buttermilk would really cool the system. This is healthy; similarly lime water with jaggery in it is rich in vitamin C and iron content and it is beneficial to health.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
4 Jul 12
I agree that a lot of it is habit. I always have a hot coffee when I get up. And you're right. The aroma is awesome!
@yanzalong (10198)
• Indonesia
30 Jun 12
The same to you my friend, I also drink hot cofee in a warm weather. It does not make any difference to me whether the day is hot or cold. I drink hot coffee in all weatherg
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
4 Jul 12
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
30 Jun 12
Most of us here are still drink hot coffee even if we are in the tropics. During our afternoon break, some drink coffee. For me, I prefer drinking cold drinks.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
4 Jul 12
Do you find the hot drinks make you feel hotter? Or do they have no effect...
@banban (602)
• China
30 Jun 12
I still drink hot drinks such as coffee and tea in summer, because I like drinking them. Sometimes they do make me feel hotter, but it doesn't matter. However, I do drink more hot drinks in winter, as they make me feel warm then. In summer, I drink more cool drinks with ices added than hot drinks,
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
4 Jul 12
Like me, I still drink the hot drinks all year round, just because I want to.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
30 Jun 12
Did you know that drinking hot drinks when the temp is high will cause your body to kick in to cool itself off? And drinking cold drinks does the opposite?
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
4 Jul 12
No, I didn't know that! That would explain why some people say that hot drinks in hot weather actually make them feel cooler. Thanks for sharing.
• United States
29 Jun 12
I drink hot cocoa in the winter and it will always make my body hot. I can't see it any other way. When I just drank my iced tea it cooled me down as well. It is very hot here in NY and there would be sweat all down my body if I were to drink something hot.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
29 Jun 12
Ahhh, so it does affect you physically then. I don't notice any difference it I drink a hot coffee or tea in the hot weather. It is very hot here in Ontario, Canada today as well. I had my coffee at about noon and it didn't make any bit of difference one way or another.
@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
29 Jun 12
I still drink coffee and tea when it is hot outside. I don't think that a hot drink makes me feel hotter when it is already hot outside. I have never really thought about that and I don't feel like giving up hot drinks in the summer months because I like them a lot. When it is hot outside I like drink my coffee outside in the garden or in a cafe where it is possible to sit outside. I enjoy the sun and the hot drink at the same time. When it is cold outside I feel that a hot drink warms me up, but I don't know if it is only a psychological thing. On a cold day I love to hide under a blanket with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
29 Jun 12
I will drink hot drinks more at night on hot days. But if I drink hot drinks on hot days the sweat will pour off me. I do perfer cold drinks or chewing on ice which I finds help cool off my body temperature itself. I use to work at a coffee shop and many claimed on hot days drink hot drinks and it will actually cool you off.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
29 Jun 12
I've heard that before as well, that hot drinks on a hot day will cool you off. I don't know if there is any truth to it or not.
• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Jun 12
It is so hot here! The only time I drink coffee is in the morning in the summer. It makes me feel hot, it really does. I drink cold drinks in the summer, I have been drinking a LOT today, way more than usual! My husband and grandma though will drink coffee any time of the year, hot or cold. They are true coffee drinkers.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
29 Jun 12
I am the same way. Although I'm not a real coffee drinker...one a day usually does it for me. I drink coffee any season, any weather.
@alutka (211)
29 Jun 12
I tried to heat a cold, of course, is hot green tea with mint leaves, mimi it seems to us that keeps us warm, it really cools us from the inside, later do not want to drink so much already
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
29 Jun 12
I'm not sure I understand your response. I think you're saying you drink hot drinks when you have a cold, specifically green tea with mint leaves. That actually sounds like a nice drink. What drink cools you from the inside, hot or cold?
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
29 Jun 12
i am not one for coffee nor tea, even in the winter but i do love hot chocolate in the winter but definitely not in the summer but as my favourite drink is lemonade, i drink it year round.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
29 Jun 12
Do you think that the hot chocolate warms you up in the winter?
• United States
29 Jun 12
I am feeling the cold drinks right now. It is so hot here in the South that I really cannot believe it. It is something serious. We are keeping many cold drinks on deck.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
29 Jun 12
I've heard it's really hot in the south right now. I don't blame you for having the cold drinks. Did you drink coffee today too though?
@inertia4 (27679)
• United States
8 Jul 12
To me it does not matter. I drink hot and cold all year round. I always have my hot coffee in the morning and in the afternoon. No, drinking hot drinks does not make you hotter, that is a myth. In fact it should make you feel cooler. The reason is with the hot drink, your internal temperature might get hotter but your outside temperature will cool off. Much like when you're sick and have a fever. If your burning up you are usually cold. Thats because your internal temperature in up. So enjoy whatever drink you want, hot or cold in any time of year.