A warming drink is just so comforting on a cool winter's day or night, don't you think? Cosy up with our favourite soothing and fortifying drinks that contain powerhouse ingredients from echinacea, ginger root and turmeric, to matcha and creamy vegan chocolate.
Pukka Organic Tea – Elderberry and Echinacea
This beautiful tea by Pukka is made with a blend of ripened organic wild berries and echinacea, and a touch of sweet elderflower. It is the perfect soothing winter-time tea, and just the right pick-me-up when a cold or flu strikes. Shop our range of Pukka Organic Teas here >
Ginger, Lemon & Honey Tea
This is a fantastic tea to help clear the sinuses and soothe scratchy throats. Grate a 2cm piece of fresh ginger root, place in a jug and pour 1 cup of boiling water over it. Let it steep for 3 minutes. In a large mug, add 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of honey. Strain the ginger tea into the mug and stir to dissolve the honey. Adjust taste to suit. Why not try adding some Bee One Third Neighbourhood Honey into your tea, which is produced and harvested from rooftop beehives in Brisbane's inner-city. Shop Bee One Third Neighbourhood Honey in our Brisbane stores and online here >
Another wonderfully warming winter drink to try with your Bee One Third Neighbourhood Honey is golden milk. Allow the powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric get to work to fight colds, congestion, headaches and sore throats. Place 1 cup of milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Add ½ teaspoon each of dried turmeric and dried ginger (or 1cm piece each of fresh), a sprinkle of black pepper and honey to taste. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for a few minutes. If you have used fresh turmeric and ginger, strain into a cup and serve warm.
There are many versions of this Indian tea but we just love the taste and aroma of this one. In a saucepan on medium heat, add half a cup of water, half a cup of milk, 1 teaspoon of loose leaf black tea, 3 slightly bruised cardamom pods, half a star anise, 2 cloves, 2cm long cinnamon stick and a teaspoon of honey. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain and serve.
Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai
Instead of making your own chai from scratch, you could try a blend such as this very special tea from Gypsy Tea. This version of chai is made with a certified organic, fair trade and kosher combination of Ceylon and Assam black teas, cinnamon, ginger and coconut. It is delicious with milk, and perfect for warming your day. Shop Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai here >
Matcha contains a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, with incredible health benefits. To make your own matcha latte, place ½ teaspoon of matcha green tea powder in a small wide bowl, and then slowly pour in ¼ cup of hot water (not boiling). Using a bamboo whisk or a teaspoon, stir to combine. Add ¼ teaspoon of honey and continue to stir. Pour 1 cup of heated milk (not boiling) into a mug, then add the matcha mixture and stir well. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon and serve. Shop Zen matcha green tea powder here >
Healthy Hot Chocolate
This version of a healthy hot chocolate has been adapted from Deliciously Ella, whose recipe books we sell in our Brisbane stores and online
. In a saucepan, place 1 cup of almond milk, 2 tablespoons of date syrup, 2 teaspoons of raw cacao and 1 teaspoon of almond butter. Continue to stir as you heat gently. Before it reaches boiling point, take the pan off the heat and serve. Shop Loving Earth raw organic cacao powder here >
Creamy Vegan Hot Chocolate
For a decadent treat packed with antioxidants, the organic creamy drinking chocolate from Loving Earth is a perfect choice. Made with shavings of their signature creamy coconut mylk chocolate, including Peruvian heirloom raw cacao powder, this is a wonderful vegan, dairy-free alternative to traditional hot chocolate. Shop our Loving Earth organic creamy drinking chocolate here >
Winter Warmer Tea
This winter warmer tea has been taken from Infuse: Herbal Teas to Cleanse, Nourish and Heal, a stunning book by Paula Grainger and Karen Sullivan. In a large warmed teapot, add 1 teaspoon dried chopped echinacea root, 1 teaspoon dried peppermint, 1cm piece of dried licorice root, 1cm piece of fresh root ginger which has been peeled and thinly sliced, and 1 star anise. Bring a kettle of filtered water to just below boiling point and pour 300ml into the teapot, then replace the teapot lid. Leave to steep for 5-10 minutes, giving the brew a stir from time to time. Strain the tea into a mug and stir in a little manuka honey. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. Shop Infuse: Herbal Teas to Cleanse, Nourish and Heal here >
Sometimes a cup of coffee first thing in the morning is just the thing to start the day off on the right step. One of our favourite local coffee producers is HighTrees Estate, 100% premium Australian Arabica coffee grown organically on the Alstonville Plateau near Byron Bay. This area is known for its rich, fertile volcanic soils, and the coffee is grown without the use of pesticides, harmful chemicals or GM seeds. Shop our range of HighTrees Estate coffee here >
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