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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


  • 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


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. I just had a version of this. I am a happy person. I would forgo food altogether and replace it with this drink.

    Ro wrote on May 24th, 2012
  2. It tastes like something Rafiki from The Lion King would make

    Ro wrote on May 25th, 2012
  3. I was wondering if you can make this tea in a large quantity and refrigerate it and then heat it when we want some.

    Linda wrote on June 17th, 2012
  4. I begin just drinking Turmeric and ginger tea and did not relly know what i was doing and now that i have found it on the internet man am i glad iam a ret soldier of 21 years and my knees and back use to hurt me so very badly but now iam living the good life again if we americans dont get back to the old time remadies we will perish and be in pain the rest of our lives while people overseas enjoy the sunshine Love

    bobbylee marshall wrote on July 11th, 2012
  5. OMG- this is amazing! Cold winters night and just happened to have all the ingredients… Yum! Perfect with coconut milk, a primal version of chai latte :-) cayenne gives it the perfect warming kick. Love it! Thanks Mark :-)

    Jess wrote on August 2nd, 2012
  6. I am drinking this right now and it is absolutely delicious! I used store bought almond milk, but I think I will try to make my own next time. Thank you so much for this. : )

    orpheus dream wrote on August 3rd, 2012
  7. This tasted awesome, so nourishing. However; my bowels have been on the fritz since I drank this. Anyone else have that problem?

    Maimaman wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  8. I’m so impatient that I went to the store during lunch and just bought original almond milk and ground turmeric. I mixed 8 oz. of milk with 1 tsp. turmeric. No heating or anything; just cold almond milk and turmeric. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I’ll be trying the full recipe when I get home, but what a great two-ingredient combo for some anti-inflammatory benefits! :)

    Darcy wrote on August 27th, 2012
  9. Ah I’ve been having turmeric/cayenne/honey. This sounds like a way better drink :)

    Shane wrote on September 1st, 2012
  10. How about fresh turmeric? What quantity would you need in this recipe or is powdered better?

    Emma wrote on September 11th, 2012
  11. I had to try this so I used what I had — reduced fat milk. I added some cinnamon and used a dash of black pepper instead of cayenne. I can’t believe how delicious and comforting this drink is. I’m so happy I surfed here!

    Demi wrote on September 15th, 2012
  12. I have just made this (16/9) and it is delicious!! Will be drinking this during the colder months of the year. I think the kids will like this too. It didn’t need any honey/sweetener as the coconut milk was sweet enough. Added more freshly grated ginger to it. Delicious!!

    redsnapperuk wrote on September 16th, 2012
  13. I didn’t have the ingredients to make this, but I made similar tea with a mugful of hot whole milk and two teaspoons of curry powder.


    makincaid wrote on September 16th, 2012
  14. Wow. This is SO interesting! Sweet, yet kind of spicy. A really nice warm drink. I used 1/2 full fat coconut milk from a can and 1/2 Blue Diamond Vanilla Unsweetened Milk. Nice recipe – thanks, Mark!
    I’m sharing on Facebook:

    Cortney wrote on October 22nd, 2012
  15. I have just had a heaped teaspoon of turmeric powder with three lemons (juiced) in a pint glass of water.

    Hmmmm… I am going to have it every day for 3-6 months to see if it will help with a liver condition. I’m positive about it.

    I think the creamy turmeric tea will make a nice and welcome change to my current concoction.

    Thanks for the post. It look delicious.

    Peter wrote on October 29th, 2012
  16. This is the first recipe I have tried from this site. It is friggin’ awesome! It may have just replaced my morning coffee. I used coconut milk and added some raw honey and cinnamon and a dash of black pepper. I love that I already had fresh ginger in the house which never happens. Can’t wait to share this recipe and make again tomorrow.

    Denise wrote on December 6th, 2012
  17. I’ve just made this due to the fact that I’m not very well, have ME/CFS and real issues with inflammation throughout my whole body.
    On days when I’m really poorly, I don’t have much appetite or energy to stand and cook for ages.
    This is ideal and such a wonderful drink if you get all the balance of ingredients right for your tastes. Perfect pick me up and good intake of calories when not able to eat very much. Hoping it will keep my strength up and heal the inflammation problems!

    Karen wrote on December 9th, 2012
  18. I tried Anu’s Indian recipe w/o sugar: heated local whole milk + turmeric + ginger + ground black pepper. The result tastes like Fruit Loops cereal. I still don’t like the taste of milk but enjoyed the surprising flavor. Ty for the recipe.

    Surfing wrote on December 15th, 2012
  19. Just made this, it’s delish! However, I’m noticing a slight tingle on my tongue, is this normal? I ingest all of the ingredients pretty regularly, so I doubt there’s an allergic response happening…

    Jerica wrote on December 27th, 2012
  20. This is delicious! A perfect desert/nightcap.

    NewYorkNan wrote on January 5th, 2013
  21. I should also say how i varied it. I used coconut/almond milk blend. I minced the ginger and put it in a tea ball. You could do that with all the spices frankly. I added a dash of chinese 5spice to mine along with a dash of cheyenne. I also added a pat of irish butter and stirred it in. This really is so warming and yummy! And yes, my tongue is just a tad tingly.

    NewYorkNan wrote on January 5th, 2013
  22. I just made this tea and it’s really wonderful. I used soaked raw almonds, 1 cup filtered water, tumeric, honey, ginger root, organic raw honey, cardamon and a pinch of organic pepercorn blend. I love it. It will become my new favourite hot drink. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Cottage Sue wrote on January 8th, 2013

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