Looking for a warm, comforting beverage with hints of spice to help warm you up during these cold winter mornings? How about one that not only does all of that, but also helps your body to fight off the colds and flu that are so common this time of year. Sounds pretty good, right?
So what is this magical elixir? It has a few names, but most people refer to it as Golden Milk. Before I share the recipe, let’s talk about a few of the ingredients that make this one of the most beneficial drinks out there. And, though you can drink Golden Milk all on its own, I use it to replace the milk in my latte recipes to give me an incredible way to start every morning. You really have to try this at least once.
Coconut Milk – According to livestrong.com, the health benefits of coconut milk include: weight loss, improved heart health, healthier skin and hair, and more. It helps to balance your blood sugar levels and helps inhibit the growth of multiple myeloma, as well as prostate, colon and breast cancer, too!
Turmeric – there isn’t much that turmeric doesn’t help with! It heals wounds, helps fight cognitive-degenerative diseases, reduces inflammation, eliminates depression, alleviates pain, eases menstrual discomfort, protects and heals the digestive tract, slows the aging process, and not only helps prevent cancer, but actually works to kill active cancer cells.
Ginger – other than helping alleviate seasickness, ginger can do some other wonderful things. It also helps to prevent cancer and regulate blood sugar levels, provides relief from menstrual cramps, and assists your body with the digestion process. It also boosts bone health, relieves joint pain and enhances *ahem* other activities.
Honey – Now, when I talk about honey here, I’m not talking about those cute little bear shape squeeze bottles that are not always real honey. I’m talking only about locally sourced, organic honey. That’s the stuff that can alleviate allergies, increases energy, boosts memory, aids with sleep, and can act as a cough suppressant.
Cinnamon – If you’re already used to sprinkling a bit of this spice on your lattes as you rush out the coffee shop door on your way to work, that’s great! If not, here’s what you’re missing. Cinnamon is a great source of antioxidants. It also helps reduce inflammation, protects your heart, protects brain function, wards off diabetes, fights viruses, protects your teeth, freshens your breath, fights cancer, and the list goes on.
So – are you ready to make some? Well, grab all the ingredients and a saucepan, and let’s get started. By the way, when I make this, I use a LARGE pot, make a gallon or more, and store some in mason jars in the fridge.
Golden Milk Recipe
2 cups Coconut Milk (Almond Milk can be used as well)
1 teaspoon turmeric (or more if you like)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
1 Tablespoon honey
Warm the coconut milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the turmeric, cinnamon and ginger root until blended well. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before adding the honey since the health benefits of honey reduce when it is cooked. When cooled, stir in the honey, and feel free to add more if you need. Pour the mixture through a tight-mesh strainer into a milk steamer pitcher and set aside.
Now, make your espresso. How much you make is up to you. I’m a four-shot guy, but that may be too much caffeine all at once for some people. When the espresso is done, use the steamer wand (if your machine has one) to froth the Golden Milk just like you would with regular milk. I find the mixture froths better if it is cold versus warm, but that may just be my machine. Pour the espresso into your coffee mug, and then add the frothed Golden Milk.
Feel free to adjust your mix to your taste. You might want more espresso and less Golden Milk, or vice versa. My mix is about ½ and ½, so with four shots of espresso, I typically only use 1 cup of Golden Milk. Finally, keep in mind that freshly grated spices are far more potent in their health benefits than mass produced and packaged spices have. I highly recommend finding a local spice store or Indian food store near you and buying your spices as fresh as you can.
That’s it! We’ll see you next time. Writing this recipe for you has me craving one of these perfectly spiced warm cups of love, so I’m off to the kitchen.