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A glass cup of golden milk turmeric latte topped with cinnamon
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5 from 3 votes

Golden Milk Latte (Golden Turmeric Latte)

Nutritiously rich. Heartwarmingly coloured. Packed with a well-rounded blend of spices. Golden Milk is the drink to enjoy all winter long. Great for boosting your immune system and fighting off nasty colds. I've used regular cows milk in my recipe but you can substitute your milk of choice e.g. goats, almond, soya, rice....
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Infusing time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Drink - non-alcoholic, Drinks
Cuisine: Worldwide
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 2
Calories: 149kcal

Ingredients

  • 400ml/ 1 ¾cups whole milk
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder or 1 inch fresh turmeric
  • 1 cinnamon stick (5cm/ 2 inch)
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp honey (add more to taste)
  • 2 slivers fresh ginger (1-2mm thick)
  • 5 Black peppercorns (optional)

Instructions

  • If using fresh turmeric root slice it into thin rounds (no need to peel it). Crack open the cardamom pods and bash the peppercorns (if using) briefly to crack them but do not grind them
  • Put all of the ingredients into a small pan and heat until scalding but do not allow to boil
  • Turn off the heat and allow to infuse for 15 minutes, then reheat
  • Strain through a piece of muslin or a nut bag and serve immediately, adding more honey to taste

Notes

Expert Tips
  1. Use fresh spices for maximum flavour. If you are not sure how fresh your spices are rub a little between your fingers and take a sniff. If it has a pronounced aroma, its good to use. If the aroma is difficult to detect, it's time to open a fresh batch
  2. Don't skimp on the infusing time. Those 15 minutes are vital for the spices to impart their full flavour to the drink
  3. And don't boil the milk (it's bad for the turmeric)
  4. Make this drink vegan: swap the honey for maple syrup or demerara sugar and use a suitable dairy-free milk alternative
  5. Vary the spices - use my list as a guide and don't be afraid to up the amounts used for a more pronounced flavour (but go steady on the turmeric itself)
  6. Create a frothy top to this latte either with a milk frother or a stick blender
Make in Advance
Just make a batch as instructed (no need to reheat in step 3) and store in the fridge once strained. If the milk is fresh at the point of making the drink, then it will keep well for up to 4 days in the fridge. Ensure it is covered.
To reheat, simply stir the batch, pour out the required amount and reheat in a saucepan or the microwave. Again, ensure it is hot but do not allow to boil.
Alternative Milk Choices
The choice of milk used for this drink is entirely up to you. It's lovely made the traditional way, with cow's milk, but can be made with any kind of dairy-free milk alternative to suit your own tastes and dietary requirements.
Keep in mind that nut, soya, oat and coconut milk all vary slightly in flavour and some froth up better than others.
For the ultimate indulgence, coconut milk adds a distinctively rich and thicker quality to the drink.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 261mg | Iron: 1mg