Okay I know I’m a little late to the party with this one, but I’ve been indulging in this mug of liquid gold EVERY. NIGHT. I’m not even kidding, I really look forward to it. I even braved going to the grocery store 2 days before Thanksgiving JUST to get some almond milk. Thankfully the woman in front of me in the checkout line was a sweetie and let me go in front of her since I only had one thing (thank you!).
I don’t even know where to begin with this concoction. It’s all over Pinterest with so many different names and variations to the recipe, you can make this as fancy or simple as you want. I’ve seen it called “Golden Milk,” “Turmeric Tea,” “Turmeric Latte…” If you google Turmeric drink it will probably pop up. I’m so glad I decided to give it a shot, it couldn’t be more perfect for this time of year.
For my first attempt I decided to keep it simple and went with ingredients I already had: almond milk, honey, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, turmeric (obviously), and ground black pepper. It smells like Christmas. I took my first whiff and imagined doves flying around stringing gold ribbon on a great Douglas fur next to the fireplace with the moonlight shining on the fresh fallen snow. Even better yet, I poured it into my red mug with the knitted ivory mug sweater in my black and red checkered thermal pajamas and Rudolph slipper socks.
Yup. That happened.
I know this combination may sound weird at first, but really, it works. The honey and cinnamon keep that familiar sweet taste profile and the ginger and black pepper just give it a little kick while the turmeric blends in the background. You can use any milk you want, fresh ingredients as opposed to ground spices, I’ve seen recipes with anise and cayenne pepper instead of black pepper.. the combinations are endless. I’ve made mine on the stove a couple times, but one night I was lazy so I decided to use the microwave- worked just fine for me.
Turmeric is a spice that’s been used for a very long time now and is known to have many health benefits, most commonly recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties. Throughout my quest to find the perfect recipe I’ve also seen claims for this Golden Milk to improve sleep, stabilize hormones leading to clear glowing skin and many more. I touched on turmeric and all of its benefits in my post 10 superfoods you should be eating so read that if you would like some more information on what turmeric can do for you.
Now I want to share a little story with you. I recently had to sit in on a pharmaceutical presentation for a new Alzheimer’s drug. The presenter gave us a great presentation explaining what the drug was designed to do and a little history on the many, many drug trials over the years for Alzheimer’s only to find that it is VERY difficult to treat. As with most conditions, the best medicine is prevention. He told us several different things that we could do to help prevent Alzheimer’s, one of them being to consume Turmeric. He told us a story of a guy he knew, who was very good at naming actors and what movies they were in. Could name them at the drop of a hat. Then, he started to notice these names would be at the tip of his tongue but couldn’t spout them off the way he used to. So, he decided to supplement with Turmeric. He’s been taking turmeric for 9 years and not only is his mind still sharp but his reflexes are faster as well. I know, it’s one of those “I know someone who knows someone” stories. But seriously, what could it hurt to try?
If you are willing to give this delectable, heart-warming beverage a try, make sure you don’t skip on the pepper. Pepper increases the bioavailability of the curcumin in the turmeric. As I mentioned earlier, you can adjust this recipe to your taste buds and with a little trial and error come up with your own version. I will tell you the basic recipe I started with and then you can adjust accordingly 🙂
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp honey
Optional: dash of vanilla extract.
You just add all of the ingredients to a pot (or mug if you’re using the microwave) and heat them up together.
To be honest, I didn’t notice much of a difference when I added the vanilla extract, but if you’re going to add it, make sure you do it after you’ve heated up all of the ingredients together. And if I’m being COMPLETELY honest, I didn’t measure out the spices either. I just threw a couple dashes of each in 😉
Have you jumped on the “Golden Milk” train yet? What are your thoughts? Recipes?