Is there anything more comforting than a turmeric latte? If this is something you’ve yet to try then I can’t recommend it more. It’s the perfect calming drink to end your day and help you get through the night peacefully asleep. Turmeric latte—or “golden milk” as it’s sometimes referred to—has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, but has recently become very popular in the western world.
This warming drink is basically a combination of a milk (traditionally cow’s but of course can be any milk of your choice or diet) and a variety of spices with a host of nutritious properties. Our turmeric features heavily in it, as you can imagine, but it also has the delicious spicy compliments of ground cinnamon and ground ginger. We’ve personally tried this with cow’s milk and almond milk. Both work really well and the almond naturally brings it’s own flavour into the mix. We also needed to add a little sweetness into ours so used our Manuka honey to give it a little extra sweet kick. Some vanilla essence can also bring the flavours together. To make sure all the turmeric goodness is absorbed into the body, you can add a little black pepper.
How does it taste?
I would say the best way to describe it is a creamy, earthy flavour with a kick of spice and a hint of sweetness. It’s such a bespoke recipe though and you can simply adapt it to your own personal taste. Add more sweetness—honey or maple syrup—or more spices if you like it strong. Or less if you want it a more subtle flavour. Use any milk you have or prefer. Cow’s milk works really well, but so does coconut, almond or oat milk. A combination of coconut and almond is also delicious.
We were given this as evening treat after a delicious dinner at a friend’s house and it’s been a favourite ever since. It’s so relaxing and the kind of drink you hug whilst consuming it. Its honestly heavenly.
The recipe is so easy to do. You need a milk pan or small saucepan and a whisk.
- 300ml milk—use your preferred milk or whatever you have at hand
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 table spoon of honey or sweetener of choice (we of course used our own Organic Manuka honey)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Crack of black pepper
Place the milk and spices into a pan over medium high heat and warm for about 5-6 minutes, whisking frequently, until hot to the touch but not boiling. The issue with the boiling is that it can destroy some of the properties of the curcumin, which we don’t want. Add in the honey at the end and taste the mixture and adjust for sweetness and flavouring. You may wish to add more turmeric, ginger, cinnamon or sweetener depending on personal taste.
Sit back, feet up and enjoy.