Five Hot Drinks To Brighten Winter Right Up

16 June 2017

Down in the dumps? Cold weather stealing your joie de vivre? Wind putting the SAD in your Seasonal Effective Disorder? You can stop crying and listening to Sia while eating Serious Popcorn under your duvet: we’ve ranked the ultimate five hot drinks to brighten up your winter. Which will be top dog? Read on!


a photo of a cup of tea with a tea strainer in it

#5 Sage Tea

Dried sage + hot water = sage tea. Unglamorous? Yes. But does it soothe a sore throat better than anything else? According to a survey of five of our Head Office staff here at Commonsense: absolutely!

The healing powers of sage are well known: it’s said to be anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial. It also creates a pleasant cooling sensation.

Taste: 2/5   Wellness properties: 4/5



 #4 Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate may be the answer to EVERYTHING. Small children won’t stop crying? Hot chocolate. Got dumped? Hot chocolate. Laptop stolen? Hot chocolate. (Plus marshmallows. Plus frothy milk. Plus whiskey.)

Whether you like your hot chocolate straight-up, spiced or laced with maca, we’ve got some great options for you in store. Go make it already!

Taste: 5/5 Wellness properties:  1/5


tumeric latte

#3 Turmeric Latte

Everyone’s favourite golden beverage, the Turmeric Latte is so much more than just a food craze. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants and said to support healthy joints and good digestion.

If you’re making your own Turmeric Latte, please remember that it does not contain any actual coffee. Instant + a spoonful of turmeric does NOT make the medicine go down. Trust us! Also: make sure you add a bit of black pepper to your mix, as your body needs a compound called bioperine to access the turmeric goodness. We sell a pre-mix sachet Turmeric Latte sachet from Radiance. The beautiful latte pictured? We drank it at The Midnight Baker, just around the corner from our Mt Eden Store.  

Taste: 4/5 Wellness properties: 4/5


velevt latte

#2 Velvet Latte 

Are you sick and tired of a limited colour palette of hot beverages? Never fear! Velvet Latte is here to put the KAPOW in back in in your cuppa. Chock-full of Auyerdic spices and beetroot powder, this drink is delicious and devilishly healthy…

We stock this easy Nutra Organics pre-mix from Natural Things. Swoon.

Taste: 5/5 Wellness properties: 4/5


ginger lemon honey

#1 Lemon Ginger & Honey

If there was a Beyoncé of winter beverages, this would be it! Who can say no to a Lemon, Honey & Ginger? No one! except the I Quit Sugar brigade. And gold star vegans. Everyone else: make this amazing recipe (with turmeric!) from our very own Lucy Kebbell or buy a bottle of pre-mixed syrup in store if you’re lazy short on time.

For the hot drink connoisseur, the addition of whiskey should be given serious consideration. Hot toddies transform the incomparable into the sublime. Lemon, Ginger & Honey: you are the ultimate hot winter drink. We bow to you. 

Taste: 5/5 Wellness properties: 5/5


What’s YOUR favourite winter hot drink? Did we miss it? Let us know! Email and we might add it to our list!