Winter warmers: Hot drinks to beat the chill
In winter, nothing warms the soul, the hands and the taste buds like a steaming hot mug of your favourite beverage.
Whether you’re snuggled up on the sofa of your favourite cafe enjoying a good book, catching up with the girls for a latte, or even taking a meeting off-site, somehow a hot mug of something always ends up on the table.
But this winter, hot drinks just got a lot hotter, with a range of new items appearing on the drinks lists of the hippest cafes in town. And they are bright pink. Or green. And they are (mostly) good for you.
Here are our choices for the hottest new hot drinks this winter. Try them all, we dare you!
There are some days when only a hot chocolate will do. While slightly on the naughty side, hot chocolates can range in decadence – from a mug of cocoa mixed with heated milk and maybe sugar, to the Taj Mahal of hot chocolates, created from flaked chocolate, hot milk, and topped with lashings of whipped cream and, you guessed it, more chocolate.
If Aussies can put beetroot into hamburgers, it was probably only a matter of time until we put them into lattes. Beetroot lattes are made from powdered beetroot and frothy almond milk and are the most vibrant shade of pink.
This sip is for the traditional lovers of chai, and incorporates warm milk, with a blend of spices like cinnamon, cardamom and star anise, mixed together with honey.
Also known as golden milk, turmeric lattes are so hot right now. Although it’s been a staple in Asian cultures for centuries, turmeric is currently experiencing a burst of popularity in the West, largely due to claims it helps combat chronic inflammation conditions. While there are a range of recipes for this drink, it is commonly made with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, a pinch of black pepper and coconut oil, and all ingredients are heated together with a plant-based milk such as almond or coconut milk.
You don’t normally expect your lattes to be bright green, but then you probably don’t expect your lattes to be packed with antioxidants either. While green teas are infused and then the leaves are discarded, matcha lattes are made with the whole tea leaf, which is ground into a fine powder. It’s mixed with frothy milk and flavoured with spices like nutmeg or cinnamon.