Golden Milk (turmeric latte)
Here's a recipe for Golden Milk, a popular and soothing beverage made with turmeric and other spices. This recipe is a basic version, but you can customise it to suit your own taste preferences.
1 cup milk (you can use dairy milk or plant-based milks such as almond, coconut milk, or any milk of your choice such as oat)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 small piece of fresh ginger (about 1/2 inch), peeled and grated (or you can use 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger)
1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (adjust to taste)
A tiny pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)
A small pinch of ground cardamom (optional)
In a small saucepan, combine the milk, ground turmeric, ground cinnamon, ground black pepper (the piperine from the black pepper helps the curcumin in the turmeric to break down so it can be used by your body), and the grated fresh ginger. If you are using ground ginger, you can add it now as well.
Heat the mixture over low to medium heat, stirring constantly. Be careful not to bring it to a boil; you just want it to be hot but not scalding.
Simmer the mixture for about 5 minutes, allowing the spices to infuse into the milk. Continue stirring to prevent any sticking or burning on the bottom of the pan.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool for a minute or two.
Add honey or maple syrup to taste and stir until it's fully dissolved. Adjust the sweetness according to your preference.
If you like, sprinkle a tiny pinch of ground nutmeg and cardamom on top for extra flavor and aroma.
Strain the Golden Milk into a mug to remove any remaining ginger or larger spice particles.
Enjoy your warm and comforting Golden Milk!
Golden Milk is known for its potential health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It's a wonderful, natural way to wind down and relax, especially before bedtime.
Note: if you are taking any medication then please check with your GP or pharmacist as some spices including turmeric can react with some medications.