Winter is the perfect season to while away your time in a Brighton cafe, whilst sipping on a soothing hot beverage.
If you’re looking for something other than your typical tea and coffee, there are plenty of options along Church Street to tantalise your tastebuds and warm you up from the inside.
Here are some of Brighton’s hottest drinks to get you through the cold weather. Enjoy!
The ancient Maya civilization began drinking chocolate about 2000 years ago, and boy were they on to a good thing!
Made with shaved chocolate, melted chocolate or cocoa powder and heated milk or water, this light-brown, deliciously sweet drink truly is the nectar of the Gods.
Would you believe that until the 19th century, hot chocolates were used medicinally to treat liver and stomach diseases?
Recent research has revealed hot cocoa is high in antioxidants and flavonoids that can help improve blood flow, lower blood pressure and improve heart health. Winner!
Also known as ‘golden milk’, turmeric lattes have become a popular choice for the health conscious.
Curcumin, the antioxidant that gives turmeric its golden colour, has strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Turmeric lattes are often made with almond milk or coconut milk. Some cafes add cinnamon, nutmeg, grated ginger and a dash of black pepper, plus honey to sweeten things up.
Fans have compared the taste to a crème brûlée, but without the sweetness.
Made from the finely ground powder of green tea leaves, matcha has a softer, creamier flavour than green tea, plus a higher concentration of antioxidants.
These antioxidants protect against heart disease, cancer and signs of ageing. However, pregnant women and those who are averse to caffeine should know that matcha contains up to three times as much caffeine as steeped tea.
Matcha lattes are often served with almond or coconut milk, warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and honey or maple syrup.
Don’t let the green colour deter you – that’s all part of the fun!
Looking for something a little different? How about a beetroot latte?
Beetroot is an excellent source of folic acid, fibre, manganese and potassium. The root vegetable also has anti-inflammatory properties and high levels of antioxidants, which are great for boosting the immune system during winter.
Most cafes use beetroot powder and almond milk to create a dreamy, pink concoction, but you may come across beetroot-infused coffees, with freshly pressed beetroot juice and ginger.
The taste is subtle, and has been compared to “a warm liquidy marshmallow”.
Find pink and purple lattes at Brighton Schoolhouse.
Chai is made from a combination of aromatic Indian spices and herbs, such as cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger and black peppercorn with black tea leaves.
It’s rich in antioxidants, improves digestion, boosts the immune system and fights inflammation.
Opt for a chai tea bag in hot water or a chai latte made with warm milk and powdered chai or concentrate.
You may even come across a deconstructed chai, served with an empty cup, hot milk, dried spices and honey. Yummo!