Recipe: Hot Golden Milk

Warm glass of Sunshine

Morning sunshine turmeric tea hot mug drink yellow liquid

Morning Sunshine! Copyright 2016 Erika Emma Reimers

Golden Milk, or Turmeric Tea as it’s otherwise known, is a recipe for a rich, warm glass of ‘sunshine’ that I discovered in a yoga book about 7 years ago [Yoga for Women by Shakta Kaur Khalsa, 2002].

Way more than just an ingredient in curries, turmeric can be added to give a boost to recipes like cauliflower soup and smoothies! Some describe this member of the ginger family as having a slightly bitter and earthy aroma with subtle hints of lemon and mint.

Food Fact: While it is often used in cooking, Turmeric is also used in dyes, herbal medicines and is a common food colouring – it’s what gives mustard it’s yellow colour!

There is evidence that it may help with the pain of arthritis and tendinitis among a whole host of other health benefits, like supporting heart and liver health. It’s even boasted by some vets and pet owners for its pain-relieving capabilities.


There's something about using wooden spoons; no matter how many gadgets and tools I get for the kitchen, they are still my favourite.

There’s something about using wooden spoons; no matter how many gadgets and tools I get for the kitchen, they are still my favourite.

  • Small pot
  • Whisk or wooden spoon
  • Measuring cup and spoon
  • Mug

*Note* While cooking with turmeric during pregnancy is fine, some suggest avoiding ingesting excess turmeric or taking curcumin supplements


  • 1/3 tsp turmeric powder
    (Also known as curcumin, has potent antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup milk*
  • 1 tbsp almond oil
  • 2 tsp honey (or to taste)

*I want to try this recipe with coconut milk. I’m guessing it would bring a totally different – and maybe more tropical – flavour to the tea.

Milk liquid pour white glass

On a trip to visit family in Hamburg, Germany I started drinking the rich whole milk they drank there. 3.25% makes everything taste richer – Yum!


In a small pot, add the turmeric and water – simmer on low for about 8 minutes until most of the water has evaporated and the turmeric becomes a reddish paste.

Now add the milk and almond oil. Notice the change in colour from a burnt orange to a mellow yellow? Stir briskly to emulsify the oil with the milk. Remove from heat at boiling point.

*Tip* Watch Out! Milk is extremely quick to over-boil so keep a close eye at this step.

Copyright 2016 Erika Emma Reimers

Copyright 2016 Erika Emma Reimers

The last step is to stir the honey into the pot. Start with a little – you can always add more to taste!

Honey dripping