Why Golden Milk is My New Nightly Obsession

Have you ever tried Golden Milk?

If you happen to be shaking your head no, I’ll put it simply: YOU’RE TOTALLY MISSING OUT!

I promise that wasn’t me shouting at you. That was just me saying — in the most enthusiastically way possible — you’ve GOT to hop aboard the golden-milk bandwagon ASAP.

OK, enough with the all-caps.

But seriously, this creamy, hot milk (dairy-free) drink — also commonly referred to as Turmeric Tea — is more than just a tasty treat. It’s practically the mother of all drinks. Not only is it bubbling with nutrients that will boost your immune system, it’s also prepared with warming spices such as cinnamon and ginger, which will ease your mind and relax your soul, all while doing so much more.

In fact, ever since I discovered this wonder-drink recipe, it’s become my new nightly obsession. I can’t 100 percent explain how it works its magic, but with each sip, I feel a sense of rejuvenation and restoration seeping into my veins. The ultimate nightcap, if you ask me.

After doing a bit of research, I did uncover the two stars of the show: turmeric and ginger.

If you aren’t very familiar with turmeric, prepare to be amazed. See, this powerful golden spice is known for reducing inflammation — aka assisting with gas, bloating, and digestive comfort — and serves as an antioxidant. One study even stated it’s “shown therapeutic potential against a number of human diseases,” including cancer and also to even help with Alzheimer’s. Pretty incredible, right?

Now let’s not forget about the goodness of ginger. From its antimicrobial properties that can stop viruses before they start attacking your immune system, to its delicious spicy flavor, it’s no surprise why this flowering plant has rooted into a well-known remedy for nausea and digestive issues for centuries.

With all these health benefits — including many more from the coconut milk and oil —  it’d be a shame not to give this dream drink a chance, don’t you think?

But wait, it gets even better.

Would you believe me if I said Golden Milk is super easy to whip up, too?  It’s true. Whether you’re seeking to sip on this tea morning, noon, or like me, every single night, it’s easy to squeeze into any routine. So if you’re ready to mix up your own batch, check out the recipe below.

I mean, dairy-free, vegan, healthy, and delicious — can it get any better?

Golden Milk / Turmeric Tea

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, preferably coconut milk beverage or almond milk
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 (1-inch) piece turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced (or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric)
  • 1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • Ground cinnamon (for serving)

Directions:

  • Whisk coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, coconut oil, peppercorns, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have melded, about 10 minutes
  • Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into mugs and top with a dash of cinnamon

*Because this tea can be stored for a couple of days, feel free to store any leftovers in an airtight container and chill. It’s also delicious served cold, too!

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Kathryn McLamb is a writer and photographer on a mission to inspire others to celebrate the everyday. She runs her blog Pineapple Street, and when she’s not plotting her next travel adventure, you can find her wandering the colorful city streets of San Francisco.

 

  • Hi,
    I have this lovely drink or varients of it, regularly.
    Sometimes for a single cup I take a teabag of green tea
    Quarter of a teaspoon turmeric powder, a couple of grinds of
    Black pepper, a shake of ginger powder and a little ground
    Cinnamon and a teaspoonful of runny honey. Pour on very hot water on and stir with a small wooden spoon.Enjoy!
    At night I have the milky version.

    • Yes, I was immediately drawn to the yummy taste of this tea, and the benefits are certainly a great bonus! I’m not exactly sure how many calories are in this particular recipe, but I would assume they are on the lower end!

  • I love making golden milk in the evenings; it’s really comforting when the temperature drops!

    I’ve never thought about making a big batch of it and chilling. Does it lose its potency? Does the coconut oil solidify and get funky?

    • Hi Krystal – Thank you for your comment! Whenever I drink this recipe cold, I make sure to shake up the batch before drinking and it’s turned out great for me!

  • I love Golden Milk! It’s definitely a comforting drink. I recommend sticking with coconut milk, as it’s the creamiest, but soy would blend well with spices too. Also, tip: Use utensils and pots that don’t show stains, the turmeric will stain everything – no whites!
    Nicolette | http://www.nicolette.co

    • Yes, you are so right! Turmeric has a tendency to stain everything!! Even when I think I’ve cleaned everything up, I still tend to find the highlighter yellow residue everywhere in the morning. AH!

  • This sounds so yummy, but as a pregnant woman, I have chosen to stay away from turmeric. There have been scientific studies that say it is safe in small, occasional amounts for flavoring food (obviously there are a lot of cultures that use this regularly without issue), but it is known to stimulate uterine contractions early (ie lead to miscarriage or premature birth) and can increase bleeding risk, in addition to birth defects. Just be careful!

  • I love turmeric and it’s benefits and often drink the hot tea version Kim Trask mentioned. I am excited to try the milky version now. Thank you for this recipe.

  • ngl i was quite disappointed when i read that this is a ‘milk’ that isn’t a milk since i’m a fan of milk in general and not very fond of ginger or turmeric. but, the thought of combing them with coconut milk sounds like a dream (because coconut milk tastes awesome!) so maybe, i might try this in the future for a healthy indulgence at night or in the morning. plus, the photo you took is fueling my curiosity!

  • So….it’s about 5 pm and I’m seriously enjoying a cup. Does that mean I can go to bed now? 😉
    Do use turmeric root (I only had powdered…OK sub), do use a really good quality coconut oil (I didn’t and I can tell).
    I did use a coconut/almond milk that’s delicious alone. This cup is marvelous….thank you SO much! I am healthier now 😊

  • I’ve been drinking Golden Milk for about three years. A few years ago I found out I was allergic to formaldehyde, which cause hives and skin peeling externally and inflammation internally. After a significant amount of research I decided to look a holistic path to health. This has worked for me. I use, and now grow, dried turmeric, and dried ginger, along with maca and perpercorns. I put all in a spice grinder. I generally make enough for 30 days and put in air-tight jars. I found that the natural oils in the spices are much more beneficial over spices that may have been ground months ago.