Golden Milk

‘Golden milk’ is a spiced tea that is made by infusing turmeric in almond or coconut milk. Turmeric has been consumed for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, and is recognized for its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. However, the beneficial compound curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body, so needs to be taken in conjunction with black pepper to increase bioavailability. This results in a savoury, earthy-tasting drink, that is similar to chai latte. Some people prefer to sweeten this infusion with honey, but personally I don’t find this necessary.

serves cooking time
2 15 minutes
Golden Milk
Ingredients Instructions
  • 2 cups (480ml) almond milk (or coconut milk)
  • 2 inch piece of fresh turmeric, peeled and grated (or 1 teaspoon dried turmeric)
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated (or 1/8 teaspoon dried ginger)
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

to serve (optional):

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey (replace with maple syrup for a vegan option)
  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the cinnamon in a small saucepan, and whisk until blended.
  2. Heat to just below boiling point, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat.
  3. Drain through a sieve, discarding the pulp. If using dried turmeric, whisk thoroughly to redistribute the powder at the bottom.
  4. Pour into mugs and serve hot, with an optional dusting of ground cinnamon. Alternatively, leave to cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The milk will keep well for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

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