Golden Milk, or Turmeric Milk is a traditional Indian and Ayurvedic beverage that is typically drunk before bed and has recently gained popularity in the wellness world due to its healing and rich nutritional qualities. While we enjoy the ritual of drinking warm beverages as we wind down in the evenings, this recipe is great during the day as well, as it is rich in warming, circulatory, and immune system tonics which are important in the long cold winter months.
We have taken the traditional recipe of Golden Milk and added in a few of our favorite immune supporting herbs like ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, and astragalus, making this drink a powerful immune tonic.
Turmeric is a rhizome of the Curcuma longa plant and has a shockingly bright golden orange color. Turmeric is what gives the color to curry powder, and has been a traditional medicine and food of native Indian cultures for thousands of years. Its flavor is the perfect combination of earthy bitterness and spicy sweetness and combines well with a sweetener like honey. It is high in essential vitamins and minerals that our body needs to stay in optimal health. Most of its compounds are fat soluble, so combining some fat into the mixture will help the body easily absorb those vital nutrients.
Astragalus is one of our best adaptogens, meaning it helps support the body during times of physical, mental, or emotional stress. It is also an excellent tonic for supporting our vital, resilient immune system. In China and among herbalists throughout the world, this plant is utilized as one of the best measures we can take to ensure good health year-round.
We also like to add a dash of our Immune Tonic to the drink to add more immune-supporting herbs like reishi, maitake, and eleuthero.
Cheers to good health and coziness!
DIY Golden Milk
A classic, spiced turmeric milk with immune-supporting herbs.
- 1 ½ cup water
- 1-2 cups coconut milk, almond milk or cow’s milk, whichever you prefer. Coconut is great because of its high fat content.
- 5-7 pieces astragalus root
- ½ tablespoon chopped ginger
- ½ tablespoon chopped fresh turmeric root
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
- small pinch of black pepper
- dash of cayenne pepper
- 1 serving Urban Moonshine Immune Tonic
- Add the astragalus, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and vanilla bean into the water and bring to a boil. Let simmer for about 10 minutes or until you get a nice strong decoction. Decocting the herbs for 10-20 minutes will ensure that all important compounds are extracted through the hot water. If the decocted liquid boils down too much and the quantity gets too low, simply add a bit more water to the mixture. Remove from heat and strain out the liquid, discard the material. You should have about 1 cup of dark, decocted liquid.
- Pour the rest of the ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Whisk to combine the spices and add coconut cream if you like a creamier drink.
- To serve, add the honey, immune tonic and a dash of cinnamon and cayenne.