Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Golden Milk (Turmeric Latte) #recipe by Mia P. Manansala @MPMtheWriter

It's finally time for warm, cozy drinks, but in my world that also means fighting off allergies (I'm rather sensitive to the changing seasons and cold) and flu season! I had plans to share a different drink with you today, but after an allergy attack derailed a productive writing session (*sob*) on Monday, I whipped up a comforting, nutritious drink to get me back on track. It was exactly what I needed, and while I wouldn't say it cured me, it definitely gave me the boost I needed to get back to drafting Book 3.

Cast of Characters: Almond milk, black pepper, ground ginger, turmeric, cinnamon sticks, coconut oil, and honey

So what is golden milk? It's a creamy, earthy drink spiced with a good amount of turmeric, plus ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper to round out the flavors. All these ingredients are known to have anti-inflammatory properties, and I also sweetened my drink with local honey to take advantage of the allergy-fighting benefits of the pollen.

And if you don't believe in natural remedies like this? It's still a tasty, vegan (if you use a different sweetener than honey!) drink that's delicious at any time of day, but particularly comforting right before bed. Hope you give it a try!

Golden Milk Recipe

Yield: one 12 oz mug


  • 1 1/2 cups of milk (almond and/or coconut is best)
  • 3/4 - 1 tsp of ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp of ground ginger (or 1 tsp grated fresh ginger)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon)
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 - 2 tsp sweetener of choice (honey and maple syrup are excellent here, more to taste)
  • 1 - 2 tsp coconut oil, optional*

*like with my chai recipe, a milk with some fat in it is preferred because the fat helps disperse the flavor of the spices throughout the drink. If your milk is low-fat, I suggest adding the coconut oil.


  1. Put everything in a medium-sized sauce pan.
  2. Heat over medium heat, whisking often, until just before it boils, about five minutes. Taste and adjust spices or sweetness to your taste.
  3. Strain (if using fresh ginger and/or the cinnamon stick) or pour the golden milk into your mug.
  4. Enjoy while hot!
Put all the ingredients in a small-to-medium sized saucepan

Over medium heat, whisk the mixture until the spices and coconut oil are well-blended. Heat until just before it boils, about 4-5 minutes, whisking often.

Strain into a 12 oz mug.

Enjoy while hot!

Has anyone ever tried golden milk? What are your go-tos when you're feeling under the weather? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. That does sound soothing. glad it did the trick for you.
    Hot honey/lemon made into a toddy with a shot of whatever strikes my fancy is quite nice.

    1. I love a good hot toddy! If I want it to be extra relaxing, I'll make it with chamomile tea, honey, and lemon, and add a shot of vodka or whiskey to help me sleep.

  2. I am always on the lookout for holistic remedies, thanks for sharing!

  3. We made golden milk ice cream this summer. Beautiful and delicious! Now that the weather's turning, this warm version sounds perfect.