It's been a while now since I wished that coffee and me got on better and these days I’m more than ok with being a tea lover. My favourite tea of all time is a bit like a spicy Horlicks - it's golden, milky and Ayurvedic. Can you guess what it is yet?
This special Ayurvedic drink has made a big impact here in the West - all the hip cafes are calling it ‘the turmeric latte’. This delicious recipe is perfect for soothing frazzled nerves in a fast paced world while delivering easy to digest nutrition. Golden milk is also a great way to enjoy the health benefits of spices and also a reminder that spice doesn’t always mean hot chilies! For the creamy element, both dairy and almond milk are encouraged - these are particular to Ayurveda, and you’ll always find dairy is cooked to support your digestion (helpfully this long simmer makes the spices more absorbable too). Notice the addition of black pepper - very important for the absorption of turmeric (and all its wonderful health benefits!). Great for replenishing and relaxing, it’s also great for getting rid of those sleepless nights (sign me up, right?!). So enjoy this soothing hug in a cup - with its beautiful colour and complex spicy deliciousness!
1 cup organic whole milk (pref.unhomogenised) or your favourite almond milk
¼ cup of water
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground turmeric
⅛ tsp ground cardamom
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp organic ghee or coconut oil (for extra creaminess and deliciousness)
1 tsp jaggery or 1 date to sweeten
Bring milk to a simmer, add spices and season with pepper. Whisk well and make sure you tackle all those sneaky powdery clumps. Gently cook for a couple of minutes (5-10 depending on how strong you want it). If using, add ghee/coconut oil, mix well and remove from heat.
Allow to cool a bit, and then stir in jaggery or the date.
Pour into a mug and enjoy.