How to Make This Golden Elixir:
How to make turmeric milk, or golden milk as it’s also known, is an easy process of mixing together warm milk with some turmeric, ginger, and other spices.
By adding this healthy drink to your regular routine, you can reap the health benefits of this golden elixir on your body and mind.
Before you know it, you’ll be feeling more alert and calm with less pain in your muscles and joints. Check out these tips on how to make turmeric milk and start experiencing the magic today!
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 tablespoons plain full-fat yogurt
- coconut milk (for vegan) Honey
- maple syrup
- stevia (optional) Ground cinnamon
- chopped fresh ginger root for garnish
Get your spices ready
Let’s start with what you need for a basic turmeric latte, which is made from two ingredients: turmeric and milk.
You can use any type of milk—cow’s, soy, almond or coconut—but we recommend using either full-fat canned coconut milk or whole fat cow’s milk for best results.
No matter which you choose, be sure it is unsweetened and unflavored. The good news? Homemade turmeric latte costs next to nothing and only takes five minutes to make!
We also have some fun ways to spice up your turmeric latte experience in our tips section below. And don’t forget your favorite mug!
Add warm water, honey and pinch of salt
If you’re trying to make turmeric milk at home, start by adding a teaspoon of turmeric powder, a tablespoon of warm water and two tablespoons of raw honey.
You can also add a pinch of salt for extra flavor if you’d like. Honey is an excellent natural sweetener, but if you don’t have any on hand, it’s okay to leave it out.
This mixture makes two servings and should be consumed immediately after preparation as fresh turmeric loses its potency fairly quickly. If storing is necessary, add some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in order to help preserve its color.
Note that when using fresh turmeric instead of powder, there will likely be some leftover root; use it later on in your cooking or discard it entirely.
Simmer for 10 minutes or so
Once you’ve turned on your stove, it’s time to turn on your oven. Or, if you’re planning on making turmeric milk for an afternoon treat, preheat that now.
We’ll be steeping our spices in water and heating them until a thick paste forms. That’s when we add our milk and bring it all together with some sweetener.
Then we just let it simmer until everything is heated through and well-blended. You can drink turmeric milk warm or cold (I like it both ways), but be sure not to let your mixture boil or you may end up scorching your precious golden elixir!
Add fresh cream
Adding cream will give your turmeric milk a velvety texture, while also adding extra calcium and protein—both important components for strong bones. One study showed that older adults who consumed a high-calcium diet had significantly lower rates of bone loss than those who got less calcium (9). The same goes for protein, which makes up collagen in your bones. By including more sources of collagen-rich foods like fresh cream in your diet, you can potentially stave off age-related bone loss and osteoporosis later in life.
Strain the mix through a sieve
Strain a cup and a half of turmeric milk through a fine-mesh sieve. Take a large mixing bowl and pour in your sugar, stirring it until it is completely dissolved.
If you’re using raw sugar, expect a little extra time to fully dissolve. Pour in your milk, then whisk until thoroughly combined.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours: Store in an airtight container or glass jar in your refrigerator for up to 1 week. Stir before each use.
Transfer into a jug
One of turmeric’s most well-known benefits is its anti-inflammatory properties. But one downside is that when consumed by itself, it can have a bit of a bitter taste.
To counteract that flavor, you can stir in some cinnamon as you heat your milk on the stove or put a dash into your mug before pouring.
Not only will it mellow out any bitterness but also add another health benefit with antibacterial properties. (Bonus: adding cinnamon to food like oatmeal or yogurt is also good for weight loss).
Serve with cinnamon on top.
As a bonus, you can sprinkle some cinnamon on top for added flavor. Cinnamon has been shown to help regulate blood sugar and aid digestion.
Enjoy your turmeric milk as an afternoon pick-me-up or nightcap and notice how well it keeps you feeling full, reduces inflammation and promotes healthy digestion.
You’ll even start dreaming about golden milk! Note that if you suffer from peptic ulcers or are taking blood thinners such as Warfarin (Coumadin), try adding some black pepper instead of cinnamon on top—it will deliver similar benefits without putting you at risk for side effects.