All hail the latest and greatest golden spice that health nuts have been raving about: Turmeric. Turmeric, often associated with Indian cuisine, has been on high demand and folks have been struggling to find new and innovative ways to incorporate this exotic spice that boasts a wide array of health benefits into our daily lives. So, if you’re not eating curry on regular basis, what’s the best way to consume turmeric? Turmeric Tea, of course!
If you Google “Turmeric Tea Recipe”, chances are you’ll find several variations and wonder, which is best? After some research (and development) here’s a solid go-to recipe:
Turmeric Tea aka Golden Milk Tea
This recipe makes roughly two 8 ounce servings:
- 8 oz. Hot Water
- 8 oz. Full-Fat Milk (I like coconut milk best, though, any type of milk will do.)
- 1 tsp Ground Turmeric (Slices/Grated Turmeric Root is great, too!)
- ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon (A Cinnamon Stick offers a much more mild cinnamon flavor)
- ½ tsp Ground Ginger (Sliced/Grated Ginger Root, like Turmeric Root, is a great substitute.)
- ½ tsp Black Peppercorn Berries (In a pinch, try a small amount of Cayenne Pepper)
- Honey for desired sweetness* – about 1 tsp
*If you use a sweetened full-fat milk, you won’t need the additional sweetener.
- Bring water to boil and steep turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and black peppercorn berries the same way you’d steep loose-leaf tea with a tea strainer. While the spices steep for about 5 minutes, heat the milk.
- Milk should be heated gently and slowly. Excessive heat can result in a scorched flavor and/or a film of protein on the top of the milk. You can avoid these problems by placing milk into a microwave-safe container, microwaving on medium-high (about 70% power), and stirring every 15 seconds until steam begins to rise from the milk.
- Once your spices are done steeping and your milk has been heated, combine the two and add honey if desired.
Now that we have a solid Turmeric Tea recipe, let’s explore a few tasty twists on this classic blend!
5. Citrus Tummy-Tamer Tea
Citrus fruits are known for their detoxifying and digestive aid properties and marry beautifully with Turmeric Tea.
Follow the base recipe above and add a Lemon Ginger tea bag to the spice steeping process. If you don’t have Lemon Ginger tea bags, lemon zest works too! I’ll usually add about a teaspoon of lemon zest – or any zest, for that matter. Have an orange or a grapefruit lying around? Zest it up, add it to your steeping process, and you won’t be disappointed.
4. Chai-Me-Up Milk Tea
Many chai ingredients happen to be present in the base Turmeric Tea recipe listed above. So, why not intensity the already spicy flavor with a few extra ingredients like whole cloves, allspice berries and ground cardamom? Or, if you don’t have those extra ingredients at your disposal, grab a chai tea bag and add it to the spice steeping process. Some enjoy it after a long day, you can find more on that here.
Beware: this intense flavor combination isn’t for the faint of heart!
3. Perfect Pistachio Turmeric Tea
I’ll never forget the first time I tried pistachio ice cream. The sweet/savory combination set the bar incredibly high for other ice creams out there. I’ll never be the same. I’ve searched high and low for a quick and easy way to replicate the flavor at home- and I think I found it.
During the milk-heating process, add a handful of pistachios to the milk. The oils from the nuts will release an intoxicating flavor and aroma. You could either strain the pistachios from the milk before adding to the steeped spices or you could blend the pistachio milk with an immersion blender before straining the pistachios from the milk in order to achieve a full-flavored pistachio milk.
2. Golden Tropical Tea
This tea is reminiscent of a tropical vacation and definitely won’t disappoint! Follow the same milk-steeping process for the Perfect Pistachio Turmeric Tea, but instead of pistachios, use pieces of fresh or frozen peaches and mangos. Now, all you need is a salty breeze and some sand between your toes to get the full effect of a Polynesian Paradise.
1. Bulletproof Turmeric Tea
There’s a very good chance you’ve heard of Bulletproof Coffee. What about Bulletproof Tea? Bulletproof Tea follows the same premise, but instead of ground coffee, you’ll use the spices noted in the base recipe above. Follow this recipe and replace the ground coffee with the Turmeric Tea spice blend.
Voila! Spicy goodness with all of the Bulletproof Coffee and Turmeric Tea benefits!