I'm a huge fan of Golden Mylk. I like it in the morning, I like it in the evenings. It's restorative and calming and I personally love the taste. What gives this drink it's magical gold color and power? Why, it's Turmeric, of course!
Turmeric has been used for centuries in Indian culture and Ayerveda as an anti-inflammatory, toning and purifying spice. The claims for its benefits are far reaching and I know from personal experience that it has helped with faster injury repair, digestive issues, circulation, skin issues and general immunity boosting, to name just a few.
Turmeric is truly a wonder spice and deserves a place in every home. A little bit of Black Pepper must always be added to whatever you're making, as it contains the compound piperine - which helps our body absorb and utilize the most beneficial component of turmeric - curcumin.
There are many ways to make Golden Mylk and none are wrong. I used to make it on the stovetop (classic recipe below) but now I skip the browsing and washing the pot part and just make my own version of Golden Mylk Tea.
I grew up in England and therefore believe everyone should own a proper electric kettle. Not a stove top whistler, not a microwave but an electric kettle!!! According to WireCutter - this is the best all-round kettle on the market (4 years in a row!!) and this is the best "just boil my water" budget kettle on the market. Pro-tip - if you make pasta, rice, soup, steamed veggies etc pretty frequently, water boiled in a good kettle will certainly speed up dinner prep time!!
Golden Mylk Tea
Boil the Kettle
Scoop the following into a mug
1/2 teaspoon of Ground Turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of Ground Ginger
a grind or two of Black Pepper
Fill mug about 1/2 way up with said boiling water and stir until combined*.
Top off remaining space with your favorite non-dairy milk. I like almond, oat and coconut best. It should be milky!!
If you need some sweetness added - go for it - but I prefer to keep mine sweetener free. Maple syrup is great! Please try to avoid sugar or any fake sweeteners - these completely undo almost all of the goodness this drink provides!!!
There are also a number of Turmeric Blends on the market - Daily Turmeric and Golden Mylk Blend are two that I really like and are great for traveling or to keep in the office. These do have other herbs included and they're also a lot more expensive, if you already own the above ingredients, but they're super convenient and really high quality. Some people say that these blends are easier to use - what's most important is that it works for you and you like the taste!
*Neither Pepper nor Turmeric ever really dissolve so be sure to keep moving it about!
If you're a little more old school and prefer to really brew up an amazing concoction of Golden Milk or if preparing for a group, here's my go to recipe:
Classic Golden Milk
1 cup non-dairy milk (I love homemade almond, oat or coconut best)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
a grind or two of black pepper (absolutely must add, pepper allows the turmeric to be absorbed by the body, without it it’s nearly useless!)
You’ll likely want a little sweetness in there but it really depends on you and whether your “mylk” is already sweetened. I make my mylk with fresh dates so I’m good to go but you may want to add a little maple syrup or stevia. If making with unsweetened milk, I’d likely add a tablespoon of maple syrup or a chopped up fresh date to the brew.
Add all ingredients to a pot and let simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Pour through a tea strainer and enjoy!