Turmeric tea, also known as Golden Milk tea, is a healthy and comforting hot drink. I make it with fresh turmeric root in the colder months when the root is available at our local market, but you can also make it anytime with ground turmeric. The root is an absolutely beautiful golden yellow color and will stain everything it touches (including your fingers!). It has a fresh, almost citrusy spicy taste, and it is thought to help the immune system and is anti-inflammatory. It’s also great to drink when the seasons are changing.
There are many recipes out there for turmeric tea, but this is the way I prefer to make it – with honey, cayenne, and a splash of milk. Some also include fresh ginger root, but I love the turmeric on its own. This recipe makes one cup.
Here’s the list of ingredients:
- fresh turmeric root (about 1 – 1 ½ inches per cup of tea); peeled
- pinch of ground cayenne
- teaspoon of honey
- splash of milk
- Using the mug or cup you’ll be drinking from, fill with water and pour into small sauce pot. Fill mug or cup with 1/3 more water and pour into sauce pot. Using a little extra water will take care of the water that evaporates while the tea simmers.
- Over medium-high heat, grate the turmeric root into water. Stir to distribute.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add a pinch of cayenne (or to taste) and simmer for 5 more minutes.
- Strain the tea, making sure to press all the remaining liquid out of the turmeric root. Pour into your cup with a spoonful of honey. Stir to melt the honey. Add in a splash of milk and stir to combine. The tea will change from deep red-orange to a milky golden color.