Learn how to make a rejuvenating Golden milk recipe with the healing powers of turmeric and coconut milk.
Golden milk is showing up on the menu of local coffee shops and I’ve even seen it at my local hippie herb shop. Even though it might seem exotic and brand new to the USA, this is actually a really old drink that originated in India.
Keep reading – the entire recipe for this iconic drink is at the bottom of the post. First, I want to answer a few of your questions and show you how to make it with some helpful photos.
Where Did Golden Milk Come From?
This drink originated in India. There, they call it haldi doodh. Mothers in India have been using this drink for centuries to soothe sick children and help them sleep.
Golden Milk Health Benefits
Turmeric is a super-spice and lots of people claim it has a variety of health benefits. It’s been used for centuries to ease pain because it has anti-inflammatory properties. They call it the “ibuprofen” spice because it works almost as well.
Turmeric also has lots of antioxidants – the things that fight free radicals. Free radicals attack healthy cells and have been linked to cancer risk. Including turmeric in your diet can help fight that risk.
What’s in golden milk?
There are two main things that make up golden milk – milk and turmeric. Beyond that, you can make it taste however you want.
Here’s what I used in my golden milk recipe – this is a pretty basic one and matches what you might find at your local coffee shop.
- Coconut Milk
- Whole Milk
- Cardamom Seeds
- Peeled Fresh Ginger
If you are lactose intolerant, I’ve heard of people using ghee instead of milk. This gives it a really full-fat and creamier texture.
How To Make Golden Milk – Tips
This drink recipe could not be any easier! I took a few photos the recipe so you can see it in action.
Make It On The Stove
I prefer to make mine on the stove top. I love the smell as it simmers. All the spices and flavors combine, it is Heavenly.
Strain The Drink
After it combines and simmers, I prefer to use a strainer for my drink. You can also use a cheesecloth. Both work.
The strainer step is very important because it catches all the bits of herbs and spices that infused in the drink.
Drink this right away. It doesn’t taste nearly as delicious when it’s cold. I don’t recommend freezing this drink.
Make your own golden milk and change the spices around however you like. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Unsweetened – Don’t add any honey or sugar of any sort. This makes it a bit spicier.
- Maple Syrup – Sweeten with maple syrup instead of honey.
- Vanilla – Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to your drink. This boosts this flavor.
Can You Make Golden Milk With Tea or Coffee?
Golden milk is not normally made with tea or coffee, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try it. This recipe for Golden Milk with Black Tea sounds really tempting.
I suggest adding half a cup of this hot drink to 1/2 a cup of brewed coffee and mixing it gently. This recipe uses instant coffee granules, and that sounds delicious too.
Turmeric Golden Milk Recipe
Here is the entire recipe! This is a printable recipe card, so feel free to print it out and keep it. Please pin this post and share it with your friends. Thank you!
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 whole stick of Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of whole Cloves
- 5 green cardamom seeds (approximately ½ teaspoon green cardamom seeds)
- ½ teaspoon whole peppercorn
- approximately one 1” wedge of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- Add all ingredients into a small saucepan.
- Whisk until it is combined, over medium-high heat.
- Whisk occasionally, until heated, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and strain over a sieve or cheesecloth.
- Top with grated cinnamon.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 64mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 5g
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