Why Golden Milk is My New Nightly Obsession

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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.

golden milk in a pot turmeric wit & delight

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.

fresh turmeric in a bowl wit & delight

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 in a mug turmeric wit & delight

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!

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BY Kathryn - September 24, 2017

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September 24, 2017 10:39 am

I’ve heard a lot about this golden milk, but never made it. I don’t like the smell of turmeric but my parents always add it to their rice. I think they’d love this.

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September 25, 2017 2:16 am

This looks incredible & so easy to make! I can’t wait to give it a try this evening before bed. YUM! Thanks for sharing.

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Kim Trask
September 25, 2017 4:46 am

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.

September 25, 2017 6:46 am

You had me at hello! This drink sounds like it really hits the spot and I love that is has so many benefits. IS the calorie count high?

September 25, 2017 9:34 am

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?

September 25, 2017 11:31 am

I’ve heard so much about this- I’m glad to hear someone who says they like it!
It seems like a modified chai tea?

September 25, 2017 2:34 pm

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!
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September 25, 2017 2:47 pm

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!

September 25, 2017 5:13 pm

The creaminess of the drink had me at hello!

Kathy Gonzalez
September 25, 2017 8:57 pm

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.

September 28, 2017 4:57 pm

I love golden milk! I am a vegan so I use agave syrup instead of honey.

September 29, 2017 12:09 am

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!

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September 30, 2017 10:29 am

I usually drink golden milk in the daytime, but I think you’ve reminded me that I can drink this at night before bed too!

October 1, 2017 4:31 pm

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 😊

October 2, 2017 7:47 am

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… Read more »

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December 16, 2017 9:08 am

I love milk! I need to try this Golden Milk.

February 15, 2018 5:32 am

This looks divine and is such a unique twist on warmed milk. Definitely bookmarking for later. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Mrs M
July 10, 2020 1:07 am

I’ve been struggling with bursitis and since I started drinking this the bursitis is manageable 😍

October 4, 2022 6:24 am

This looks so good! What a great way to wind down at night and enjoy the good stuff!

October 4, 2022 6:24 am

Thanks for sharing! Does one milk work better than another?

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