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Golden Milk

I know turmeric is good for you; I just needed new ideas how to consume more of it. So when Costco Connection magazine mentioned Golden Milk in its effort to sell turmeric, I was all ears.

“Many scientific studies have reported that turmeric may assist in the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and renal conditions, among many others.”        — Costco Connection magazine

I have not been diagnosed with any of those conditions, but the list of ailments says to me that turmeric reduces inflammation, which is often the start of many bodily problems. I don’t want inflammation and I do want more turmeric. But how?

golden milk turmeric latte

The Costco article mentions a bedtime drink called Golden Milk (or Golden Mylk, if you are going non-dairy, like with coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk, or the like). But it had no recipes, so I had to look some up. I found that pairing turmeric with black pepper helps unlock the benefits, which are numerous, such as relief from coughs/colds, headaches, and sleep issues.

I just like the way  Golden Milk — known in India and Pakistan as the whimsical sounding haldi doodh — tastes. It satisfies my nighttime sweet-tooth without going overboard. I tinkered with a  few recipes until I came up with this one, which you can tinker with to your taste.

Recipe for Golden Milk ( a/k/a Turmeric Latte or haldi doodh)


1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon (scant) ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon (scant) ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon (scant) ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon (scant) ground cloves
1 cup milk (any  type of your choosing)
1 teaspoon (scant) honey or agave
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract


1.  In a small bowl mix any or all of the 7 spices. (All are optional except, perhaps, for the turmeric.)

2.  Heat milk over medium heat until warmed through. Stir very often (almost continuously) to avoid scorching.

3.  After the milk is warm, add honey or agave to taste; then add the vanilla. Stir.

4.  Whisk in half the spice mixture. Taste, then add more as you desire. Save any leftover spice melange for the next time.

Last step? Cuddle up with your Golden Milk and a good book.

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Lori Holden, mom of a young adult daughter and a young adult son, writes from Denver. She was honored as an Angel in Adoption® by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

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8 Responses

  1. I love cardamom, so a recipe that includes it is a must try. Ironically, I was just working with students to engineer a turmeric that wasn’t yellow for a pimple cream (yellow = stains). Maybe ingesting this the better way to go?

  2. OMG, this sounds SO YUMMY! I mean, just the name “Golden Milk” evokes such a soothing, cozy feeling. All those spices sound delicious. I have a Three Ginger Tea that I love that has a healthy dose of turmeric in it, but man, that sounds yummy. I feel like I just saw something about Golden Milk in a Crate & Barrel catalog of all things, in an effort to sell mugs. Apparently it’s a hot marketing ploy in addition to being good for you! I’m all for things that reduce inflammation, as I seem to be having some celiac-related issues lately. Golden Milk to the rescue!

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