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Healthy hot drink (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

'healthy' is the definition.
('hale' can be similar in meaning to 'healthy')

'hot drink' is the wordplay.
'hot' becomes 'h'.
'drink' becomes 'ale' (ale is a kind of drink).
'h'+'ale'='HALE'

(Other definitions for hale that I've seen before include "Sound of body", "Strong and healthy", "Well", "Showing vigorous good health", "Healthy and hearty".)

I've seen this clue in The Times.