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December 03 2011

Creamy Turmeric Tea

By Worker Bee
219 Comments

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. Making this as soon as I get home. so perfect for the season 🙂 thanks Mark

    1. Inspiring recipe! I tweaked it because I’m a little sluggish in the gut so upped the cayenne to 1/4t, and just to round out the flavor I added 1/8t each cinnamon and cardamom. Used about 1t raw honey to sweeten. Just a few minutes after drinking it my sinuses are draining (didn’t even know I had fluid up there but I sure can breathe easier!) And my mouth to belly is so warm and tingly. What a comforting, soothing and healthful combination!

      1. I skip the tea entirely and eat a paste instead. I take two parts Trader Joe’s Curry with one part Trader Joe’s Turmeric, then add a 50/50 mix of coconut oil and avocado oil until it’s a thick paste. Put it in a jar and toss it in the fridge. Once a day I just scoop out a teaspoon full and eat it. Surprisingly decent.

  2. I used a turmeric tea 2x/ day along with topical tea tree oil to cure a stubborn abscess as a last resort before I went back to the doctor for more antibiotics. The combination worked great in just a couple days. However, I used a whole teaspoon of turmeric, and the recipe I used did not call for the other spices. Unfortunately, it tasted awful to me and I’m sure I used more sweetener to choke it down. Hopefully this recipe is better tasting and just as potent, if I ever need it again.

    1. I’m also drinking turmeric tea 3X/day for a similar situation, and I think it’s the worst thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. Period. It tastes like a blend of dirt, incense, and evil. Or really rancid patchouli, maybe. At any rate, I’m adding sweetener and milk like bad to make it somewhat close to palatable.

      This recipe might be better, what with the ginger and all. The funny thing is that I’m totally in love with curry/curry powder. Turmeric by itself? Not a chance.

      1. Haha! Your awesomely descriptive comments made my day :o)

        I drink turmeric tea multiple times every day and I completely agree with you; it’s bad! Somehow, though, I manage to choke it down. Perhaps it’s because even with the nastiness that is turmeric tea, I’d rather suffer through drinking it than to suffer the toxic effects of modern medicine later. I am definitely going to try this recipe in hopes of improving the outlook.

        Thanks for the health-inducing laugh ;0)

        1. Ah, glad I could give you a giggle (over a year ago). Hee hee.

          Guess what? I gave up on drinking turmeric and decided to try it again recently. Anupy Singla mentioned how she and her family drink it every morning with hot water, lemon juice, cayenne, and a pinch of salt and/or sugar (optional) before or instead of coffee. I decided to try it, and lo and behold, I can stomach turmeric now, pun intended! I may try it this way as an evening treat, and keep on with my lemon drink in the mornings.

          Like you and Mark and tons of people have said, it’s just too healthy and good-for-us to ignore. 🙂

  3. This sounds delicious.

    I have heard that to release the healing properties of turmeric, there needs to be black pepper present so I suppose that one could add a few peppercorns to the mixture. Has anyone else heard that?

    1. Maybe the cayenne pepper will do the trick. Didn’t see that at first.

      1. It looks like it is specifically black pepper that enhances the benefits of turmeric: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9619120 This must be the reason that black pepper is included in traditional Indian chai. I am going to try this recipe with some finely ground black pepper today. I will post the results on my blog at blueravenwellness.com. Stay tuned!

      2. I believe you need the black pepper b/c of the piperine. It interacts with the curcumin from the turmeric. Chili peppers do have capsaicin but not piperine. AFAIK, it enhances the effect of turmeric. Happy drinking!

    2. Technically it’s the piperine in the peppers, not the peppers themselves. So you could theoretically get a black pepper extract of piperine supplement and take that with turmeric. Turmeric is great by itself, but with added piperine our bodies and intestinal flora can absorb it better.

      It’s fine to take it by itself. Black pepper just makes it that much better.

    3. I was going to mention that. I don’t think cayenne will work. Piperine is the alkaloid that makes black pepper spicy. Cayenne is hot because capsaicin is the thing that make peppers hot.

  4. This sounds amazing and I will probably try this out tonight, but I am a little confused as to how it will both perk you up in the morning and calm you down at night?

  5. I’m Indian and this is always my mother’s recommendation when I’m feeling down or like I’m coming down with something. It is indeed warm and soothing and wonderful. We usually make it with turmeric, whole milk, black pepper (rather than cayenne) and sugar (though I experiment with other sweeteners now). Try it, you’ll love it!

  6. For ease of use I throw my ginger in bag in the freezer and when I need some use a fine microplane grater on it skin and all. It’s grated so fine the skin doesn’t make any difference that I’ve noticed. It also keeps forever that way.

    1. I do something similar, got tired of ginger root growing mold on it. Basically, I wash, run it through my food processor unpeeled, then freeze. Makes it MUCH easier to use ginger root regularly.

  7. Can anyone recommend a good almond milk brand? I’m wary of the loooong ingredients list of the one I found at the local grocery store.

    I’d love to try this, it sounds delicious.

    1. Make your own

      1 cup of almonds
      3 cups of water (if you want to dilute further use 4 cups of water)
      1 tbs vanilla or 1 vanilla stick(optional)
      3-8 chopped dates to sweeten (optional)

      Put in the blender and blend.
      Strain through a mesh bag or strainer (I use a tea strainer)use the pulp for other things (Google almond pulp for ideas).

      Much healthier than any shop bought milk…lasts about 3 days.

      1. Another recipe…

        soak 1 C Almonds overnight
        drain
        place in blender with 4 C water
        blend until almonds are a fine pulp
        strain through cheese cloth

        As a bonus.. rather than discarding the remaining almond pulp, dry and use as almond flour

    2. Hi there. You can make your own almond milk with a blender. there are many recipes. I usually just soak raw sliced almonds for a few hours add spring water, agave nectar and a dash of sea salt and blend it.

    3. I use Pacific Almond milk ( I don’t like the Silk brank – blech ).

      Longing to make my own almond milk now that I have a vitamixer .. just need some time 😛

      1. vitamix!!!! my dream blender… this is year i’ll make it happen

        1. I’ve had my Vitamix blender for 10 years now. Way worth the money!

    4. Almond milk is easy to make. Soak 1 cup Almonds overnight. Rinse in the morning and blend with 3 cups filtered water in a powerful blender. Then strain in a mesh sieve or nut milk bag. You can add sweetener if you like. It’s a tiny bit of work
      but worth it. It taste great and has no preservatives.

  8. Mmmm I bet the cayenne pepper gives it a good punch. I’m going to have to try this as cayenne is good for the heart…

  9. Mmmm I bet the cayenne pepper gives it a good punch. I’m going to have to try this as cayenne is good for the heart…

    1. Turmeric is not absorbed by the body very well. In order to increase the amount you absorb, you should take it with black pepper and some kind of fat/oil. Coconut milk is a good source of fat but I don’t think cayenne pepper will improve the absorption.

    1. i threw in a pinch(ish) of ground ginger. give it a shot – what is there to loose

  10. Nice stuff. I drifted from the recipe completely. Just took a quick look at the ingredients, whipped something together; and wow.
    Props!

    1. Almonds are paleo and water is paleo – almond milk is almonds and water.

      Commercial almond milk usually has some unnecessary preservatives and crap added, but if you make your own it’s definitely a paleo food.

      1. Agreed, almond milk is fine and SOY milk is the one to avoid for serious. But still be careful. As a poster above stated, many cartons of almond milk found in the stores have additives and such. I found that the almond milk I had been using has soy lecithin in it, curses!

        1. Thanks…thats what I originally thought and then I thought I read that it wasn’t, but maybe it was just referring to the additives.

          Any suggestions on Almond milk that does not have additives?

    1. However almonds are high on Omega 6, so if this is an area you are focusing on you might want to limit it. Coconut. Ilk would be better in this respect.

      1. From Wikipedia re Almonds: Almonds contain approximately 49% oils, of which 62% is monounsaturated oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 24% is linoleic acid (a polyunsaturated omega-6 essential fatty acid), and 6% is palmitic acid (a saturated fatty acid.

        So only 25% of the 49%, in other words 12.25% of the oil content of almonds is O-6, so no they don’t have much O-6, and in raw unroasted uncooked almonds the o-6 linoleic acid is in the natural, organic, UN-oxidized & UN-adulterated CIS molecule form which the body uses to make PGE1 prostaglandin, the body’s most powerful ANTI-inflammatory and PGI2 prostacyclin which is the body’s most powerful anti thrombotic and anti platelet adhesive, HUGELY important for proper blood flow & viscosity so we don’t get blood clots or strokes.

        Natural, cold extracted CIS omega-6 is essential for good health. If the nuts you’re eating taste good then the O-6 oils in them are also good, but if the nut tastes rancid it means the oils in them are oxidized and rancid also, SPIT IT OUT, RANCID OXIDIZED OILS ARE TOXIC!

        It is the adulterated, oxidized commercially produced heat & chemical extracted TRANS O-6 in grocery store oils & all shelf stable processed foods that causes inflammation & shuts down the body’s entire fat & hormone metabolism and that cause arterial plaque formation, cellular hypoxia & cancer.

        Maybe one day people will wake up & realize there are TWO kinds of O-6 & will quit conflating the good O-6 with the bad TRANS O-6 & get on the path to even more phenomenal good health. Maybe…

        1. HUGELY informative post. Nice to see someone getting their hands dirty in the science.

    2. Whole Foods brand of Almond Milk does not contain carageenen or soy lecithin. It has the least amount of added crap to it and is organic and GMO free.

  11. That sounds really good, I don’t have any ginger so I’ll try it without. Tumeric is a new spice for me. I’ve been using it in my turkey soup, Yum

  12. Where was this last week when my furnace was out?!

    Also, for the ginger — I recommend keeping it in the freezer and running it over a microplane. So efficient with minimal mess.

    1. Great idea for keeping ginger! I use it VERY rarely, so I’ve just been using the powder. Thanks for that!

  13. I just made a mug of this (it is 10pm here) and YUUUUMMMMY. I added a pinch of cinnamon and a cardamon pod (which went into the saucepan with the milk). Thank you!

  14. Tried it without any sweetener, seemed like it could work for the base of a soup/stew. Maybe add some chicken, carrots, sweet potato..

  15. Would watering it down a bit really mess with the flavor? One cup of coconut milk seems like a LOT – and I definitely don’t need that many calories 😉

    (Before you start hounding me, I have to count calories. I know it’s not the primal way – but it works for my body!)

    1. I use coconut milk to make hot chocolate all the time, and yeah I find that I HAVE to water it down otherwise its just way too much. I usually water it down with 1/4 – 1/2 the amount of coconut milk as water. It still tastes rich and flavorful, just a little more easily drinkable.

      Also, SERIOUS PROTIP: with the thick fats in coconut milk, IT HOLDS HEAT REALLY REALLY WELL and takes longer to cool than most water or milk-based drinks you’re used to. I totally burned my mouth and part of my throat the first time i heated it up and took a big sip. Would not recommend.

      1. Clarify: 1/4th to 1/2 of the original amount of coconut milk is the amount of water. So if I had one cup of coconut milk, I would add 1/4th to 1/2 cup water.

      2. I made it with 5TBS of coconut cream and about half a cup- a cup of water. I used a little more of the turmeric and a dusting of cinnamon on top to bulk out the flavor and completely completely eradicate any watered-down-ness. It was delicious. I added half a teaspoon of manuka honey too (as well as all of the suggested spices.) was delicious. Like a cross between laksa and chai latte.

      3. That’s a great tip. I was wanting to make some hot chocolate the other day and was wondering how I could do it. Thanks.

    2. This isn’t calling for coconut milk from a can, but for coconut milk “beverage” – like the kind made by So Delicious or Silk. It’s the same consistency as the other option of almond milk. And also, like other comments noted, add black pepper to really boost the power of the turmeric.

    1. i also sneak turmeric in almost dish.

      but i have never thought about making a “tea”,
      that is interesting.

  16. This is awesome, just finished a mug of it! I added lots of ginger and cinammon, as well as some mixed spice powder (cloves/cardamon/cinnamon/nutmeg/coriander mix)…amazing! and full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories! Thanks so much for this one!

  17. Thanks for the post. I thought it was pretty good but a little thin for my tastes so I added a dash of clove powder, cinnamon, and chili powder. I knew it was still missing something, then I hit upon it. Coconut oil. Coconut oil pushes it over the top and makes a nice drink. I will keep playing but as a first try it was a worthy drink.

  18. Wonderful! I must admit I’ve found myself drifting to thick sweetened coffee drinks again now that the weather is cooler (one is sitting next to me as we speak >.<) so new options and ideas are always appreciated. I can't wait to try!

  19. Happened to have these ingredients in the house so we whipped up two mugs of this and we love it! Used half coconut milk, half almond milk so it’s still creamy, but not overly so. Loved the touch of cinnamon in it too.

  20. This seems like a really nice recipe for the holidays. Gonna try making a paleo (or as-paleo-as-possible) eggnog this year.

  21. I’m Indian and I LOVE turmeric tea. My mother would always make it for me when I was ill. Even just smelling it makes me feel better.

    I use black tea, turmeric, ginger (fresh), milk (whole) and sweetener (jaggery or honey). I sometimes add chai masala (whatever I feel like grinding up, usually just cardamom and cinnamon) too.

    I make mine with water. I bring it to a boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes. I add the milk and sweetener later. I don’t want to heat the milk too much, I just heat it enough to be nice and warm, but not hot. Means I can drink it faster.

    I like my dairy, so I’ve never considered using coconut or almond milk for turmeric tea. I’ll try that sometime.

    1. Just wanted to comment that I love using jaggery (coconut palm sugar paste) as a paleo-friendly sweetener instead of honey. It is an unrefined sweetener that tastes like caramel. I use it instead of honey because I have to watch carbs, and jaggery has fewer carbohydrates. The “Thai Taste” brand that I get has 3 grams of carbs per tablespoon, as opposed to 17 grams per tablespoon for most other sweeteners.

    2. Mokka you have inspired me to experiment with this recipe using green tea.

      I use the recipe ingredients with the addition of a few grinds of black pepper and a pinch of cinnamon. I heat all the ingredients together to boiling then pour it into a cup, through a strainer, to steep the waiting tea leaves for a few minutes. After steeping, I add 4-6 tsp of homemade coconut milk and a half tsp or so of maple syrup.

      The drink seems to vary a bit in taste but is always good and often really, really good, especially since the weather has turned cold. Next, I am going to track down some cardamon so I can try that as well.

  22. Im waiting for mine to cool now! I added cardamom, cinnamon, and black pepper, as well as doubling the turmeric. I had to add more honey to make it palatable though (upon a small taste test). I hope it kicks this cold!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  23. This is what i drink when i’m sick with cold/flu…it’ll clear up your sinuses quicker than anything! Good on a sore throat too.

  24. Oh yum! This was soooo good. As others did, I used this as a springboard recipe. More turmeric, a pinch of black pepper, some pumpkin pie spice because it was handy, a bit of honey and…well, yum!

  25. This sounds quite freaking delectable! I’ve been drinking tea just about every morning here in cold Chicago. The cold is on the horizon for this week so I may have to go more intense and make this! Maybe Sunday morning?!

    It compliments my awesome toadally primal smoothies quite well 🙂

  26. Mark I am India telling Indians to do this…crazy…heavy cream a nice addition and I will add the coconut oil. This stuff is so good you can heal your dog or a cut or coat your house in it. Get it in and get it on.

  27. That was amazing! I tweaked the recipe slightly as I didn’t have coconut milk- I used some melted coconut butter with a bit of double cream, and fresh coconut water instead.

  28. I read this last night while sitting by the fire with a glass of port…made a mug of it-YUM!!! This was just as enjoyable in front of the fire as the port!

    I did not use the canned coconut milk, I try to always have So Delicious unsweet coconut milk in the fridge. While prob not as creamy, still excellent!

  29. I have to try this ! I used to steep turmeric in hot water and drink it when I had cramps or a cold, but this version sounds so yummy !

  30. Love the taste of this…but the spices make it a bit too grainy for me. Any ideas on how to solve that?

    1. You can purchase Ginger Juice, manufactured by Ginger People, I believe.

  31. Just made this, but forgot the cayenne. STILL amazing. 🙂 This is going to be something I return to on the cold nights like tonight!

  32. Made it with So Delicious unsweetened organic coconut milk. Tastes great! Thanks for the recipe

  33. Is anyone else having trouble following the recipe? The intro says, “Turmeric is the dominant flavor…”, but 1\2 tsp. seems like not enough and the photo shows what looks like maybe 2 tsp. Also, what does “1/2-inch wide round slice of ginger root…” mean? Is that a 1/2 inch diameter slice or a 1/2 inch long piece?

    I know, just experiment, but I want to try what is recommended first.

    1. 1/2 a tsp of turmeric is plenty for just 8 ounces of liquid, I found. Mine looked even more yellow than the photos here. Also I didn’t have any ginger root on hand and just used about a 1/2 tsp of ground ginger.

  34. Just made this with unsweetened almond milk. It’s like drinking creamy, spicy soup broth! Yum! Next time I’ll try coconut milk and maybe black pepper instead of the cayenne.

  35. any idea if this is safe during pregnancy? i know some herbal teas are unsafe so wondered about spiced teas….

    1. I wanted to answer you. Yes, it’s believed to be safe during pregnancy. Especially in this small amount. I’m due in January and I had a cup of it last night. You might want to skip the cayenne and just use black pepper though. Cayenne can bring on hot flashes during pregnancy, very unpleasant.

      1. Just wanted to mention that I am not a doctor and I am just a curry loving pregnant woman. I just did some research and there is a concern that tumeric could cause bleeding in the first trimester. Also pregnant women should not take tumeric medicinally.

  36. Awesome recipe! You’re right, the ingredients look very deceiving I’m not sure exactly what this bad boy is going to taste like. Maybe add a little cinnamon to get the added the blood sugar lowering properties? I don’t want to mess up the recipe though, I’ll try it!

  37. Now you can also buy chopped ginger in a jar, if you didn’t feel like messing with fresh. Much better than the ground powder. It’s in an identical jar to the pre-chopped garlic you find in the produce section, usually right next to it so it’s easy to miss. That would make this recipe way easier!

  38. This drink is even more amazing if it’s made with fresh tumeric root..

  39. Just bought some almond milk, turmeric, and ginger just for that purpose. Sounds like a nice sort of thing to try.

    1. OMG – yum. Love it. I just used standard almond milk, finely grated ginger root, turmeric, and honey. Yum. Next time I’ll try making my own almond milk (the box I bought contained some preservatives and added vitamins and other such things) – but I think I’ve just added a recipe to my list of favorites.

  40. I used TJs light coconut milk for this and it was delicious. I’ve been trying to use more turmeric in my cooking, but don’t really like the flavor in stir-fries. But this tea is really good!

  41. I used Tempt unsweetened hemp milk. I love tea at night to get through a tough snacking time. This was really good!

  42. Wow, what a great recipe, cant wait to try this out. I’ve been hearing a lot about the health benefits of turmeric, especially it’s anti-cancer properties. I’ve been putting in my protein shakes but it doesnt taste too pleasant that way, so your tea recipe sounds great.

    1. I started taking tumeric for the same reasons. In case you didn’t know, you can buy tumeric supplements in capsule form.

  43. Perfect timing for this recipe, as I’m fighting a couple of infections. As others suggested, I subbed freshly ground black pepper for the cayenne; I also used more ginger than called for and added cinnamon and cardamom. The result was luscious and delish. Next time I’ll cut the coconut milk with some water, because I don’t need that many calories from just one drink.

    Thanks, Mark!

  44. I’m sipping my first mug now. I love it! You’re right that it tastes much better than the list of ingredients would at first lead one to believe. I’ll probably treat myself to a mug at least once a week this winter. I’m the obsessive type, so I would probably make it more often than that, if it didn’t mean going through so many cans of coconut milk.

  45. Had this today with a tsp of coffee as it was morning. Omitted the honey as my added tbs of whipped cream was whipped with splenda.

    This is so good and a great way to start the day after a swim.

  46. I keep hearing about the benefits of including turmeric in your diet but it’s difficult to find recipes that include it. This could be the answer to that problem.

  47. This was downright awesome! I added a teaspoonful of heavy cream to the almond milk and use my “homemade” pumpkin pie spice of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice along with the turmeric. And it’s just as tasty and wonderful cold as it it warmed up! Seconds anyone?

  48. Tried it tonight. The Tumeric is a little different but after a few sips it was delicious!

  49. Just made this, it’s divine. Forgot to add sweetener, but I don’t think it needs it anyway. Used full fat canned coconut milk and added 2 tbsp spring water. Added freshly ground cardamom, it’s simply a dream, thank you!!!

  50. zOMG! I’m absolutely making this right now. I’ll be adding some cinnamon honey, and some nutmeg to it. Oh, and cloves!

  51. Holy crap. This is going to be addictive…

    I added a dash of vanilla extract to mine and an extra dash of fat with a pat of butter. Ohhhh myyy!

  52. Oh, I noticed something really cool when I was making this!

    I added the spices to the coconut milk/water mixture as I was heating it (I used about a 50/50 ratio). The first one in was turmeric…then I sprinkled on some black pepper. It’s like turmeric and pepper have this magnetic attraction. As the pepper fell on the the turmeric, the turmeric sped towards it, like the opposite of what happens when you drop a dot of soap onto grease! It was really cool to see!

  53. Just made this recipe. Loved it. I live in Bali, Indonesia and have easy access to all these lovely ingredients. I am currently experimenting a lot lately with coconut oil and or water drinks. I have been making tumeric tea drinks for a few months now. The combination of the coconut milk with these spice ingredients tastes great. Definitely will be making on a regular basis.

  54. finally got around to trying tumeric tea. damn, that is good. Straight coconut milk, tumeric, ginger, cayenne, black pepper…and i feel like there must have been alcohol, it’s so potent (there wasn’t, though. that would be too much). i’d better start buying coconut milk by the case ;^)

  55. This is just wonderful! New favourite feel-good drink, perfect balance of sweet and spicy, especially with the cinnamon!

  56. Since the recipe posted I have made this 4 times, every time I modify the recipe and make it a little better IMO. I think I have settled on, 1 cup of water with a bag of black tea steeped in, about 1/4 of a can of coconut milk, 1/2 tsp tumeric, 1 tsp sugar, dash of cayenne, dash of salt. I also mix the tumeric in some butter which helps it dissolve better and just taste all that more amazing. I’m so glad to have found this drink, thanks Mark and Worker Bee for posting! It’s so nice to drink this after dinner, it’s kinda like dessert!

  57. Mark, when you first posted this, my throat was a bit inflamed, but not quite scratchy. I ended up using ground ginger the first time because I didn’t have root at home and had to use a different type of pepper. However, it worked rather nicely. I’ve made it almost every morning and it’s been just the wake up call I need. Thank you!

  58. 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.

  59. Oh I forgot to mention that I added about 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and liquid stevia instead of honey. It was delicious.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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!

  64. 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!

  65. Hmmm… trying this for the first time as I type. Interesting and strange. I am digging the thick creaminess with the coconut milk.

  66. 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.

  67. 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!

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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!

  71. 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..,…

  72. 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!

  73. 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!

  74. 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. 🙂

  75. This spice mix isn’t bad in kefir either! Thanks for the recommendation.

  76. I have to say that this is becoming my favorite mid-afternoon indulgence!

  77. 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.

  78. 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!

  79. 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!

  80. 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 .

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

  82. It tastes like something Rafiki from The Lion King would make
    mmmmmmmmmmm….

  83. I was wondering if you can make this tea in a large quantity and refrigerate it and then heat it when we want some.

  84. 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

  85. 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 🙂

  86. 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. : )

  87. This tasted awesome, so nourishing. However; my bowels have been on the fritz since I drank this. Anyone else have that problem?

  88. 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! 🙂

  89. How about fresh turmeric? What quantity would you need in this recipe or is powdered better?

  90. 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!

  91. 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!!

  92. 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.

    Delicious!

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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!

  96. 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.

  97. 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…

  98. 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.

  99. 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!

  100. 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.

  101. Mix almond and coconut milk add ginger infused syrup, course ground pepper and cinnamon for a chair taste!

  102. 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!

  103. 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!

  104. 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.

  105. 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!

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. I love turmeric! usually I would just mix a bit of it with milk, but this is so much better!

  109. 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.

  110. 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!

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

  113. I can’t believe how seriously yummy and creamy this tea tasted. I am definitely adding this to my daily menu. Thank you

  114. 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).

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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!

  118. 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!!!!

  119. 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!

  120. 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.

  121. 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. 🙁

  122. 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!

  123. This drink sounds really good but does any one know what the nutrition info is?

  124. 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.

  125. 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!

  126. 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??

  127. Just made this tonight … absolutely delicious and soothing !!!

    Thank you, Thank you !

  128. 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!

    1. 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

  129. 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!

  130. I just made this for the first time, and added a tsp of grassfed ghee (lactose intolerant, so couldn’t add the butter as suggested D:). It is BEAUTIFUL, spicy, comforting, not too sweet. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. 🙂

  131. I would love to try this one day because fresh and dried turmeric is so abundant in my area. In fact i have 2 pots of turmeric plant in front of my house, i use the leaves for cooking. However, almond milk isn’t a cheap option to use, can i use normal milk instead?

  132. Turmeric does require pepper to aid in absorption, and if you add coconut oil and some ginger or lemon (or both) to the honey mix it tastes rather delicious. Eating plain by the teaspoon while allowing time for the mixture to melt in your mouth is the traditional way to use this a a medicinal.

    I make my nut milks from scratch and use the basic turmeric paste and add a tablespoon of coconut oil to the mixture while heating. It is sweet naturally this way.
    Quite delicious. I use all organic ingredients as well.

  133. This is so comforting and delicious. I had two hearty mugs today while sick and it was very comforting =).

  134. I made this for the first time today. I have Ulcerative Colitis, so I like drinking/eating anti-inflammatory beverages/foods. It tastes…weird. It’s not bad. I could actually probably drink it daily, but it definitely tastes like ginger and turmeric in a mug. I kind of like it, though. I think I’ll try it with fresh turmeric.

  135. I was wondering if you can make a batch of this and keep it in the refrigerator and use it before it expires

  136. This is a wonderful idea. I changed the recipe slightly. I steeped a packet of holy basil ginger tea in 8 oz of water. In a mug I heated 1 tsp of coconut oil. Then added 1/2 tsp of turmeric, 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/8 tsp ground black pepper & 1 tsp raw honey. Blended well then added steeped tea and a splash of almond milk. Love, love, love!

  137. I had a go at the recepy and changed the cayenne for black pepper. Added a bit of cinnamon and used stevia to get the sweetness up (sucker for sweets).
    I must say i was pleasantly supprised about the gentle flavor. No earthy bitterness for me. Thanks for the recepy. I’ll be toying around with this 🙂

  138. Man alive this is gooooood! Sitting here drinking this as I type and LOVING it.

    I have to say, when I read the ingredients I was like “Hmm, it can’t really be that good.”

    I stand corrected, it is delicious.

    This is the perfect drink for a cold day – warm’s up the body and nice and creamy so it’s more filling than tea or coffee.

    Can’t wait to try variations of this with some other spices.