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3 Dec

Creamy Turmeric Tea

turmerictea1To 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.

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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:

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  • 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. 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
  2. This works better than modern medicine. I’ve been antibiotic free for 10 years because of turmeric, eating raw ginger, and other Ayurvedic remedies.

    Yes, at first taste sucks, but you adapt to it. You will start liking it. My opinion is if you can drink Alcohol or Coffee, then you can drink Turmeric Milk.

    josh wrote on January 29th, 2013
  3. Mix almond and coconut milk add ginger infused syrup, course ground pepper and cinnamon for a chair taste!

    ash wrote on February 3rd, 2013
  4. Just brewed up a cup of this for my sore throat, and I loved everything about it, from grating the ginger to sipping the tea. My throat has a gentle, therapeutic burn right now. Thanks!

    Christine wrote on February 7th, 2013
  5. LOVE this… I added cinnamon and grinded some fresh nutmeg into it. I also used the black pepper for absorption in lieu of the cayenne. I woke up with horrible sinus issues this morning… watering eyes mostly. It really seemed to help immediately and now I’m fighting making a second cup! Thanks!

    Mamie wrote on February 8th, 2013
  6. I’ve been drinking this once a day and have found that it improves my singing voice. I’ve added a couple of notes to the top of my range. No idea why. The ginger, perhaps? Anyway, I love the tea and I love the benefits.

    Siobhan wrote on February 16th, 2013
  7. i couldn’t find my tumeric and used abt a tablespoon of ground ginger (i like a bit more kick), used other ingredients to taste. didn’t use the butter.

    i didn’t have any coconut milk so i heated on low 8oz water w/tablespoon of tropical traditions coconut cream. still came out delicious!

    Nicole wrote on February 21st, 2013
  8. I have been finding research about cayenne that it actually is at the root of inflammation. Check out Inflammation Nation by Ed Wendlocher. (inflammatoryfoods.com) So, I’d go with black pepper in this recipe.

    jb wrote on February 22nd, 2013
  9. I use coconut milk,1 tsp turmeric powder,1 tsp pepper powder and heat it up.you can also use half and half or regular milk.also can add dry ginger powder if you have it.Great remedy for itchy,scratchy throat and dry cough.

    SS wrote on February 22nd, 2013
  10. I love turmeric! usually I would just mix a bit of it with milk, but this is so much better!

    Justice wrote on February 27th, 2013
  11. I’m happy to just put turmeric in hot water with a little liquid stevia- and ,yes, a grind of black pepper to improve the absorbtion. Peace.

    Bruce wrote on March 6th, 2013
  12. The taste wasn’t what I was expecting, but I really liked it. I’m glad to have a recipe for a quick, healthy, warm beverage on a cold day. Learned a lot from everyone’s comments too!

    Murielle wrote on March 16th, 2013
  13. This drink is amazing! Seriously. I was so sick with a cough a few weeks ago and this stuff really helped to loosen the phlegm and calm the fire in my lungs. Added bonus for the ladies; it has normalized my period and made my normally intense cramps bareable for the first time in years!! I do add just a little black pepper to activate the healing properties of the turmeric.

    Lilnuggs wrote on March 28th, 2013
  14. My tastebuds tingled. I found it to be a very soothing drink. I used coconut milk and added cinnemon and pepper. It certainly can
    be considered a laxative if you’re sensitive to spice. Hey not a bad thing.

    Val wrote on April 2nd, 2013
  15. I can’t believe how seriously yummy and creamy this tea tasted. I am definitely adding this to my daily menu. Thank you

    Slavica wrote on April 9th, 2013
  16. I just started a juice fast today, and thought I was going to eat my arm I was so hungry. I had pinned this tea recipe on Pinterest a week or so ago, and thought it would be just what I needed to help me feel like I had something creamy and filling, like coffee w/ cream or hot chocolate. It is AMAZING it is soo good. Thanks so much! Now I am buried in reading this gold mine of good info on this website. Yay! :) I didn’t add any cayenne (didn’t have any), but will use the black pepper next time – that was good info. I also added cinnamon (2 shakes).

    twintoes wrote on April 17th, 2013
  17. Sounds like a great tea for a cold winter night, but another way to get the healthy benefits of turmeric in higher doses is to fill your own gel caps with organic powdered turmeric. I’ve started doing this recently … taking several a day.

    Kimberleigh wrote on May 1st, 2013
  18. Ok, so some of the intro comments are people theorizing on how this tastes which I didn’t find helpful. I just made it. Right now. It’s in my hand. It is a creamy, delicious ,and extremely yellow. It tastes pretty much like heaven (I added s little extra honey). I think the coconut is the key, but I bet almond milk does the trick, too.

    K wrote on May 17th, 2013
  19. I love this! I make a paste almost every morning with turmeric, grated ginger, cinnamon, lemongrass, raw honey and sometimes raw garlic! I just quickly swallow it and it is an amazing anti-inflammatory! But this is truly awesome, Thanks!

    Mandi wrote on May 27th, 2013
  20. So glad I found your recipe. The only thing I did differently was use fresh ginger and turmeric and grated them into the almond milk that was simmering and added a bit of black pepper. Yum!! I didn’t expect it to be so sweet and comforting, but it is very delicious. And very good for me too!!! Thank you!!!!

    Helen wrote on June 15th, 2013
  21. I made this three nights ago, and then every night since. This has become my favourite evening drink. I added a half teaspoon if cinnamon and a half teaspoon of vanilla extract. Delicious! Thanks Mark!

    jerilyn wrote on June 20th, 2013
  22. I am always looking for healthy foods to give my clients that follow my Prediabetes program and knew how great Turmeric was but was struggling to find recipes for my clients.

    Love this creamy turmeric drink and cant wait to make it.

    Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

    Lorraine Gault wrote on June 28th, 2013
  23. I just tried this, and … it isn’t as amazing as I was hoping. It’s kind of mostly just a warmed coconut milk drink. :(

    Nik wrote on July 4th, 2013
  24. Thank you for this recipe, I love it!

    Natalia wrote on July 30th, 2013
  25. Wow! This is dee-licious!
    Since I used powdered skim instead of almond or coconut milk, I added a “pinch” of coconut oil for the fat.
    Fantastic!
    I also used stevia instead of honey.
    Love it!

    karen wrote on October 5th, 2013
  26. This drink sounds really good but does any one know what the nutrition info is?

    Zachary wrote on November 10th, 2013
  27. Maybe I’m missing something here. Instead of making this witches brew, is there anything wrong with taking two capsules of organic turmeric with one capsule of organic cayenne and wash it all down with a large mug of raw ginger tea?

    Oscar’s ginger tea:
    1 inch ginger root roughly chopped then ground in my mini food processer.
    The juice of 1/2 lemon
    Place this mix in a 16 oz tea infuser steep for four minutes.
    Pour tea into 16 oz mug stir in some maple syrup and enjoy the remainder of the day.

    Oscar Wilde wrote on November 19th, 2013
  28. I had a horrible sore throat this morning and just made this tea! It was AMAZING! I tweaked the items a little: coconut milk, cinnamon, tumeric, cardamon seeds, honey, black pepper (instead of cayenne), ground ginger (instead of fresh). It was absolutely divine! My throat feels a little better too with a tingling sensation. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I would also recommend taking fresh grated garlic with a tablespoon of honey mixed in and swallowing down for immunity boost. I actually took that before I made the tea. All in all, so happy that I stumbled upon this page. Thanks again!

    Tinkabehl wrote on January 1st, 2014
  29. I remember trying this when it first came out on the site and now am checking it out again as I try to get more coconut back into my diet. I love the taste of coconut oil, love curries and soup made with coconut milk, but I can’t stand the taste if coconut milk if not really offset with other fluids and flavors. For example, I can only drink this if I add plenty of water, spices and lemon juice. Any one else dislike coconut milk??

    ObligateCarnivore wrote on March 20th, 2014
  30. Just made this tonight … absolutely delicious and soothing !!!

    Thank you, Thank you !

    Kerry wrote on March 25th, 2014
  31. I’m not feeling the best today, thanks to the crazy roller coaster Oklahoma weather, and when I came across this recipe, I went straight to the kitchen and made a cup. It’s amazingly comforting, and I’m on my second cup! This last time I added more cinnamon, and a splash of vanilla and used a mix of raw milk and coconut milk. I’m in love with the creaminess of it all! This will be my new go-to when I’m feeling bad. Thanks for sharing!

    Steph wrote on April 14th, 2014
    • Oh! Forgot to add that I also added a chunk of kerrygold butter to the second cup as well! I think I’ll strain it all next time, tho *chewing* lol

      Steph wrote on April 14th, 2014
  32. Wow. I love making this… since coming across the recipe a couple of weeks ago, this recipe has become my favorite way to end an evening. Mmmm its like a hug in a mug. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

    Kaela wrote on April 16th, 2014
  33. what a great recipe, cant wait to try this out.

    Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/creamy-turmeric-tea/#ixzz1xH9ZO8Q7

    cassuy wrote on June 8th, 2012

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