Warming Winter Drinks (For When A Cup Of Tea Just Doesn’t Cut It)

Posted June 17, 2013


In summer it’s easy to get excited about cooling drinks like smoothies and juices, but in winter we usually crave hot drinks that will warm us up from the inside out. However, many of us find it hard to come up with anything more than a cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong. A tea is awesome. Just like having a bath on the inside, some might say. But when you drink peppermint tea after dinner every night (to aid digestion), sometimes you want to mix things up a little.

Here are some awesome hot drinks I’ve stumbled across while trawling the internet and getting creative in my kitchen.


From Tara Bliss at Such Different Skies


This baby is thick, creamy, decadent, and not-at-all naughty.

You’ll need:

1 banana
1 heaped TBSP cacao
1/2 TSP vanilla
1 TSP chia seeds
2 medjool dates (or some honey if you prefer)
1 C boiling water OR warm almond milk OR dandelion tea if you want to really spruce it up! [Note: I had it with dandy tea and it was amazing!]

Optional extras

Peanut butter




Roasted dandelion root tea is one of my favourites, but the best part about it is that you can fancy it up with so many different options.

You’ll need:

1 tsp roasted dandelion root tea
Cinnamon (to taste)
½ – 1 tsp coconut nectar, maple syrup or honey (depending on how sweet you like it)
About an inch of a vanilla bean
Almond milk (optional)

Steep the dandy tea, cinnamon, sweetener and vanilla bean in boiling water for a couple of minutes using a mesh tea strainer or tea ball. Add milk as desired.


From Sarah Britton at My New Roots


You’ll need:

2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
2 tsp. maca powder
1 Tbsp. coconut sugar
pinch sea salt
pinch cinnamon powder
pinch cayenne pepper
pinch ginger powder
small piece vanilla bean, scraped (optional)
1 ½ cups milk of your choice or water

1. Boil water or warm milk on the stove and let cool slightly. If using raw nut milk, do not heat above 118°F/42°C.
2. Whisk in dry ingredients. Serve immediately with a cinnamon stick, if desired.


From Maria Laitinen at Scandi Foodie


Rice milk**
1/2 cup brown rice (long or medium grain)
6-8 cups water

Spiced rice milk drink
1 1/2 cups
5-10 cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
knob of fresh ginger
5 cloves
1 tsp natural vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean)
raw honey, to serve

*Start this recipe by making the rice milk up to 2,5 hours before.
** The rice milk recipe is from Food.com website. Makes about 1 litre of milk, consume the milk within 2 days.

1. Place the brown rice and water in a saucepan. Bring to boil and let simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the rice is very soft.

2. Place the cooked rice along with the water into a food processor and blitz until very smooth and creamy.

3. Let the mixture to stand for 45-60 minutes, then drain through a fine sieve or a muslin.

4. To make the spiced rice milk drink place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let sit, covered, for about 10-15 minutes. Drain off the spices and sweeten with raw honey, if you wish. Enjoy warm.



I love chai, but I don’t drink black tea so I whenever I see a dandy chai on offer I snap one up. However, I was craving one at home one night and tried to make a similar concoction with the ingredients I had in my pantry. It turned out pretty swell indead.

½ cinnamon stick
6 green cardamom pods
¼ inch ginger root
1 tsp dandelion tea
1 cup nut milk (I used almond for this one)
1 tsp raw honey (or sweetener of your choice)

Add cinnamon, cardamom pods, and ginger root to a saucepan with about 1-1/2 cups of water. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Add dandelion tea, milk and honey and simmer again for a minute before turning off the heat. Allow the mixture to sit for another minute or two before straining and serving.


Positive affirmation for the day: I have more than enough time to do everything I need to do.

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Jenni says:

That superfood haute chocolate looks amazing. It’s summer here in the states, but I’d love a mug of that right now! Who says I have to wait until winter? Nobody? Great. :)

lauren says:

Yummy :) at night time when I might normally reach for something sweet, I have made it my goal to instead have a warm herbal tea! I find that I am actually not looking for food, just something warming that I can have as I unwind :)

My go-to drink is some warmed almond milk with roobios-chai spices and some raw cacao powder plus a little raw honey or stevia to sweeten. I then strain it and top with some extra cinnamon and some cacao nibs that kind of soften in the heat and I can nibble on when I finish my tea :) so yummy and just give you that sweet something before bed! I have found I sleep a lot better too :)

Thanks Jess for these new ideas!

I think Tara’s recipe sounds awesome! The idea of adding nut butter is genius! Has me wishing it was night time already!! :) hahaha xxxxx

OOhhhhhh……. I’m sitting here in Melbourne… freezing! These look amazing!

Goodness gracious… some delicious ideas there. The Rice Milk drink looks amazeballs.

I actually accidentally made Tara’s on the weekend. I was in a rush and forgotten to steep my chai overnight for my morning smoothie so I just whacked a good ol’ warm cup of tea in there.

Rachael says:

I am definitley trying that haute chocolate, it sound wonderful.

Yum, yum, yum! These all look amazing- thank you Jess and lovely ladies! I love the idea of a hot smoothie- how have I missed these?! I’m a huge dandy chai person too, so love these variations. I suddenly feel a lot better about winter nights! xxx

Lisa says:

Hey Jess
What brand of dandelion root tea do you use?

They all look delish! Especially that superfood haute chocolate – yum.

One warming drink I’m really loving right now is hot water with a mix of ginger (finely chopped), chilli (finely chopped), fresh lemon (squeezed and also chucked in), rosemary sprig (torn up), and a few jasmine leaves. Sometimes I add a little honey to sweeten. I put it all in to a half litre mason jar and it’s super warming as well as hydrating. Best thing is that the ingredients will last for several refills.

C xx

Jess says:

How delicious :) I love my smoothies and now I have rhyme and reason to have them all year round! Thanks jess for your inspiration, and creativity!
I seem to have an allergy to dandelion though, I experience drowsiness and just a general feeling of being unwell, does anyone else experience this sensation?

Dandy Chai is my favourite! So delicious!

Jessie says:

Hi Jess,

Just wondering what brand of dandy tea you use? Thanks :) xo

Angie says:

This looks amazing, thanks for sharing! <3

Chibbike says:

Jess these are amazing! Thank you for sharing.
Here is one of my favourite using carob powder:
1 cup of almond/rice milk as hot or warm as you like
1 TBS of carob powder
1 tsp of cinnamon
honey to sweeten to your taste

Indigo says:

Hi Jess,

Just wondering what I could use as a subsititute for maca/maca powder? These look amazing.

Debbie Whittle says:

Jess, I love your posts – especially because I have started my course at IIN and many of my class mates are heading into summer and their posts all reflect the ‘summer’ theme. Nice to have a fellow Aussies to bring us the ‘winter’ posts- you are amazing!

Is that a reusable straw with the frog on it?

Hannah says:

Thanks for the post! I am wondering the same thing as Jessie and Lisa. What brand of dandelion tea is best?

Jivan Dios says:

Looks delicious..I love your website full of healing insights and recipes…Love from Stockholm, Sweden

Kym says:

Mmmm, I love my Dandy tea with cashew nut milk!

Chrissa Reed says:

Thanks heaps for these recipes, Jess! I’ve been drinking a lot of tea lately which is nice but it’ll be great to mix things up a bit :)

Yum! These all sound delicious…and warming? It’s freezing down here on he Surf Coast!

You are a life saver!!!!! I’m always looking for something hot to drink when I get tired of tea but I never have any good ideas and end up drinking something not so good. This is fantastic! Now when I crave something hot and creamy to drink I have options. Thanks so much!!!!

Ken Guntar says:

OMG!!! They all look so good!!!

Michelle says:

Just had the Hot Choc Winter Smoothie (made with blueberries as I had no bananas) and threw in some oats. YUM!

I was wondering why you shouldn’t heat raw nut milk above 42C? I use my own homemade almond milk.

Palori Walters says:

Sorry Michelle I do not have an answer to your question but I want to ask
you how to make almond milk. could you please give the recipe, I would
greatly appreciate it.

Palori Walters says:

We do not have winter weather in jamaica but I will certainly try the recipes, especially the rice milk, I will be able to use it in a lot of ways.
I used to buy it in the supermarket but have not done so for a while, now I can make my own which will be much better and cheaper, thanks a lot!”

Ang says:

Yummy the best x
Thanks heaps
Had 2 already today
The banana one
Will try others this week
Cold over here in Perth After getting back form Italy’s summer of over 35 every day for a month

Madeleine says:

Loooooove this post! The superfood haute chocolate looks amazing!!

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mel says:

I love the idea of a warm smoothie. I’m bundled up in layers while slurping my breakfast smoothie up, and warm is a great unconventional option for cold cozy days! I also love the affirmation; after all, all we have is time! I am manifesting “calm” in my life.

Kristin says:

Just went to a health shop here in Cape Town to buy some maca root powder to make this… and it was delicious! Even my boyfriend liked it. Leaves you with such satisfaction and non of the sugar and sweet after taste that hot chocolates usually leave you with. I added coconut oil for extra good fats and a coconutty taste. SO delish!!