Golden milk is a sweet, yet slightly bitter drink designed to be both delicious and healthy. Its combination of bitter and sweet is reminiscent of a cup of brewed hot tea sweetened with honey, but much creamier. Iced, golden milk is perfect as a refreshing pick-me-up that you don’t have to feel guilty about.
This golden milk recipe maximizes the health benefits of turmeric while reaping additional health benefits from fresh ginger and cinnamon. Curcumin, one of the molecules that gives turmeric its yellow color, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and may have anti-aging and anti-diabetic properties as well; however, curcumin taken orally is not absorbed by the body very effectively unless it is consumed in conjunction with piperine, the molecule that makes peppercorns hot.
In this recipe we added a few shakes of Spice Monger™ ground black peppercorns in order to maximize curcumin absorption and its beneficial effects. Our golden milk also contains ginger, which has been used for centuries to relieve nausea and treat indigestion and may have anti-diabetic properties. A cinnamon stick added to the golden milk while it is brewing contributes a mellow warmth that balances out the spiciness of the ginger and pepper.
- 4 cups milk or milk alternative of your choice (I used lactose-free milk)
- 2 tsp Spice Monger™ turmeric powder
- 1 cinnamon stick
- A few shakes Spice Monger™ ground black peppercorns
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
- At least 8 ice cubes
Stir all ingredients together in a saucepan. Heat until the milk begins to scald, then reduce the heat to low and heat the mixture for 10 additional minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature, then pour the golden milk through a sieve to remove the cinnamon stick and ginger pieces. Chill in fridge, covered, until cold, at least 3 hours. Once the golden milk is chilled, pour it into tall glasses filled with ice cubes and enjoy.