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
- 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)
- 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!
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.