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3 Dec

Creamy Turmeric Tea

To call this beverage tea might be a little misleading. “Creamy Mug of Warming Deliciousness” is more accurate. It just plain feels good to drink this slightly sweet, slightly spicy blend of heated almond (or coconut) milk, turmeric, ginger, cayenne and honey. Turmeric tea will perk you up in the morning, calm you down at night and soothe sniffles and sore throats. It’s also a really pleasant way to end a meal.

At first glance, the ingredients might not sound like a combination you’d want to drink. Something magical happens in the mug, though, and the result is richer than regular tea, less intense than coffee and oddly delicious. Turmeric is the dominant flavor and admittedly, one that takes a little getting used to. Although not spicy itself, turmeric’s slightly bitter, earthy flavor is the perfect backdrop for other spices, which is why it’s a main ingredient in curry powder. The ginger and cayenne in this tea aren’t overwhelming because they’re floating in creamy, turmeric-infused milk that’s been lightly sweetened.

Turmeric is ginger’s mellow cousin and is a root used just as often for its bright yellow-orange color as it is for flavor. Turmeric powder is a frequent ingredient in East Indian, Middle Eastern, South Asian and Caribbean cooking and is also believed to have numerous healing properties. When cooking with turmeric, it’s most often used in conjunction with ginger and spices like cumin, cinnamon and coriander. Moroccan Chicken Casserole is one dish that benefits from turmeric’s flavor. If you’d like to use turmeric more often, you can also add extra turmeric to dishes that already have curry powder in them, like Butter Chicken or Beef Curry Meatballs. Or, after trying this recipe, you might just go through all the turmeric in your spice rack by brewing mugs of Creamy Turmeric Tea.

Servings: 1 cup of tea

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces (1 cup) almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2-inch wide round slice of ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon honey or other sweetener
  • Optional additions: a small pat of butter, cinnamon, cardamom

Instructions:

Gently warm the almond or coconut milk on the stove.

In a mug, combine the remaining ingredients.

Drizzle a teaspoon of the warmed milk into the mug and mix until the liquid is smooth with no lumps. Add the rest of the milk and mix well. You can leave the pieces of ginger in the tea, or strain it out before drinking.


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  1. Last night I came home with an empty stomach but not wanting to chew anything after having dental work done. I made a cup and think the tumeric and ginger helped with the inflammation. I had another this morning. I’m really liking it! I didn’t measure anything except the tumeric. I did dilute the coconut milk with water, used tumeric, fresh grated ginger, a little fresh pepper, cayenne and opened up a few pods of cardomon.

    Getting There wrote on December 22nd, 2011
  2. Oh I forgot to mention that I added about 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and liquid stevia instead of honey. It was delicious.

    Getting There wrote on December 22nd, 2011
  3. I just made this and it’s absolutely delicious! I used a combo of coconut and almond milk and substituted ground ginger for fresh. Creamy and sweet with just a hint of spiceness. My new favorite treat.

    Alexandra wrote on December 29th, 2011
  4. I have been drinking green tea with a good dash of turmeric and powdered or freshly grated ginger for years. It’s not particularly tasty, but if you want taste, add some lemon juice, lemon peel, and honey. I rarely get sick, and if you do, make it really strong and use as a gargle.

    debbie wrote on December 29th, 2011
  5. I substituted Hemp Milk (from Tempt brand) for the coconut/almond milk–a bit too grassy tasting, but maybe that’s because I couldn’t find any honey. Added cinnamon. Next time, I may try boiling the spices first or else using ground ginger (powder) to make it mix better.

    This recipe, if made with water instead of milk, and using jaggery (Indonesian palm sugar) is just like Indonesian Jamu –herbal tonic remedies for everything from menstrual cramps to cold/flu or high blood pressure.

    Toffler wrote on January 4th, 2012
  6. Just tried this out for my husband and myself — delicious! I used raw cows milk instead of almond or coconut milk (since I have neither!), and added 1 tbsp of honey, because I’m not a huge fan of turmeric’s earthy flavor. Added ginger powder since I had no fresh, and also grated a little nutmeg over it and added 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp extra virgin organic coconut oil. Will definitely be making this again! So yummy!

    Meg wrote on January 25th, 2012
  7. Oh my goodness – WONDERFUL. I just made this (using coconut milk substitute, dried ginger, black pepper, plus the other ingreds, honey to taste) and as I am sipping on it, I can imagine this would be perfect for a sore throat. I love the flavor and will be having this on a regular basis. Thanks, Mark, for this wonderful recipe!

    Zernike wrote on January 25th, 2012
  8. I just made this and am sipping it now.

    All I can say is WOW.

    Huge win.

    James wrote on January 27th, 2012
  9. Hmmm… trying this for the first time as I type. Interesting and strange. I am digging the thick creaminess with the coconut milk.

    Michael Maier wrote on January 29th, 2012
  10. I made some of this today because I needed a little something and I didn’t want whatever else was in the fridge. It was VERY good and filling. I think even my kids will like it, if I filter out the spices before serving.

    lazrguppie wrote on February 17th, 2012
  11. For greater effect, add black pepper to the recipe; just a couple grinds of the pepper mill should do it. This study shows that by consuming black pepper along with turmeric, the presence of the active ingredient (curcumin) in the bloodstream increased dramatically. Plus it tastes delicious!

    Anna wrote on February 25th, 2012
  12. I’m waiting for the day that companies will sell turmeric drinks! It cleared up my brain fog so much, and reduced pain and ache in my joints, etc.

    etti wrote on February 27th, 2012
  13. This is awesome stuff, I’ve been having it for a week now. To make it a bit more chai-like, I add some loose black tea to the milk and let it simmer for a while, then strain. Love all the variations — I’m going to try the cardamom today.

    Tom Bassett-Dilley wrote on March 4th, 2012
  14. I’ve actually enjoyed this a lot this winter…but with milk-milk rather than coconut or almond milk. I’m allergic to nut products but tolerate milk just fine!

    Cathy Johnson (Kate) wrote on March 4th, 2012
  15. Wow this is good. I added some unsweetened cocoa power. It turned into Turmeric Hot Chocolate. The turmeric wasn’t overpowering like I thought it would be… thanks Mark..,…

    Steve wrote on March 4th, 2012
  16. A glass of home. I feel like my mom just gave me a hug. I love this (wish I could drink more than half a mug…used coconut milk and it’s so very filling). Next time I add more black pepper and up the ginger/turmeric. Was going easy to see if I liked it…YEP!

    Stefanie wrote on March 5th, 2012
  17. WOW!!! Awesome information on this thread! I’ve recently started drinking almond milk. I’ve been wanting to make my own — just been putting it off; and I’ve always been trying to learn about herbal benefits. My sis tuned me into turmeric. I can’t wait to make this tea! It looks so yummy!

    Thanks, everyone!

    MJ wrote on March 8th, 2012
  18. Wow! I just made a very different version of this, but it is really good! I um, didn’t use any coconut or almond milk or milk of any kind, though. I used 4 cups water, and about 2 tsp turmeric.
    A added some black pepper, tiny bit of cinnamon and a weeee bit of cloves. Oh, and a few slices of ginger. I simmered it all in a pot for like 10 minutes or so. Then I added some honey to my cup. It’s very delicious!

    I’m one of those avid coffee drinkers who just can’t get into drinking tea… but this, this is delicious!! It has that heaviness or richness that I crave in coffee, yet…it’s not coffee!!! So yay to that! I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate more turmeric into my diet, and this is a really great way!!

    Can’t wait til I have some almond milk though… I’m curious as to how that will taste. :)

    Hanamiyo wrote on March 12th, 2012
  19. This spice mix isn’t bad in kefir either! Thanks for the recommendation.

    elaine! wrote on March 21st, 2012
  20. I have to say that this is becoming my favorite mid-afternoon indulgence!

    Jenn wrote on March 22nd, 2012
  21. This is fantastic. I’m making tornado pops with it also!

    Barbara wrote on March 24th, 2012
  22. Does onyone know of the benifits of turmeric and coconut oil on memory. My mother has been diagnosed with alzheimer’s and I have been trying to find some natural and healthy ways to help her retain her memory as long as possible.

    Susan wrote on April 20th, 2012
  23. This was absolutely yummy! I used coconut milk and powdered ginger (didn’t have fresh)and topped with a bit of cinnamon and small pat of Kerry Gold butter. This has become my new favorite ‘wind down on the couch with a good book’ drink. Thanks so much!

    Elizabeth wrote on April 26th, 2012
  24. I don’t like the taste of turmeric at all, but I tried this to see if the turmeric will help my joints. My almond milk was sweetened (frown) so I didn’t use honey, but I did use 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom. Oh, my, this is so good! I’m going to try doubling the spices, so I can get more turmeric in. Thanks for the recipe!

    laurab wrote on May 11th, 2012
  25. Ill try this for arthritis sinusitis & depression . Paleo seems the way to go for me . May be a problem for my son as he has an allergy to veg & root veg in particular .

    Ozanne wrote on May 18th, 2012

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