Turmeric Latte – the Golden Milk

Turmeric Latte – the Golden Milk

The sunny feel-good drink for cold and warm days

Luminous yellow and sweet and spicy in taste – the trendy drink turmeric latte hits like a bomb with local baristas. Drunk in India as a bedtime drink Haldi Dudh, coffee drinkers enjoy the Golden Milk in this country primarily as a tasty coffee alternative.

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Caffeine-free and varied

You may soon come across the refreshing yellow turmeric latte in your favorite café. No wonder, because the trendy drink has long outgrown the hip cafés in New York, Sydney and Berlin. Now, in addition to the small cafes on the corner, it is also conquering the kitchens and living rooms of America and Europe. Even popular in-drinks such as Bulletproof Coffee or healthy Mushroom Coffee have to surrender to the popularity of the Golden Milk. The reason is simple: Turmeric Latte is a delicious and decaffeinated alternative to caffeinated coffees.

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A taste between sweet and tart

If you’ve never tried a turmeric latte, the unusual taste will confuse you at first. First, you taste the slight sweetness of the honey, together with the sharpness of the pepper and ginger. Fresh ginger also has a tangy note. Then the bitter turmeric begins to find its way onto the tongue and combine with the milk taste.

Enjoyed hot, the spiciness and warmth of the milk spread a comfortably warm feeling throughout your throat. Drunk cold, however, the turmeric latte is a welcome change from sweet juices and lemonades.

Traditional drink from India

The golden milk comes from India and is called Haldi Dudh there. Haldi is the Hindi name for turmeric and dudh literally means milk. Baristas have renamed the simple turmeric milk to the trendy turmeric latte. You will understand the common name Golden Milk as soon as you see the bright color of your first turmeric latte.

As you have probably known warm milk with honey to help you fall asleep since childhood, Indians use their haldi dudh for the same purpose. Ever since the British newspaper The Guardian made the spice milk an IT drink, it has been impossible to imagine a trendy café without this trend drink.

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Preparation (hot or cold)

The turmeric latte tastes great both as a warm winter version and as a cool summer drink on ice cubes. Both variants start with the same basic recipe.


  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (powder)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 capsules of green cardamom
  • 1 pinch of fresh ginger
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Of course, instead of the cinnamon stick and fresh ginger, you can also use powdered spices. Your golden milk will taste a little less succinct.

For the preparation:

  • Heat the whole milk in the saucepan, but do not bring it to a boil.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and let everything steep for 10 minutes on a low flame.
  • Pour the milk through a sieve and divide it into glasses.
  • On cold days: froth the golden milk and serve it fresh.
  • On hot days: Let the turmeric latte cool down and serve over ice cubes.

Tips for preparation

First things first: Be careful when using fresh turmeric. The water-repellent component curcumin in turmeric turns everything yellow it comes in contact with. The paint is almost impossible to wash off with water. You will achieve better results with a little oil, should you have colored your kitchen.

Some people take more pleasure in slowly approaching the unfamiliar taste of turmeric. First start with a pinch of turmeric powder and slowly work your way up to your feel-good dosage.

A spice milk is ideal for trying out other spices to refine. Raw cocoa and vanilla have proven to be effective as an aromatic addition, as has a pinch of nutmeg. There are hardly any limits to your willingness to experiment.

Vegan alternatives

Do you prefer a vegan lifestyle? Then you will be pleased that the Golden Milk tastes just as delicious with vegan alternatives as with traditional production with cow’s milk. Simply replace the whole milk with vegan soy or oat milk. Most vegan turmeric latte recipes swear by unsweetened almond milk. The slightly nutty taste of the almond milk harmonizes perfectly with the tart, sharp notes of the turmeric latte. For the mild sweetness, replace the honey with rice syrup or agave syrup.


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Turmeric Latte ..

  • is a trendy drink for summer and winter
  • tastes sweet, hot and tart
  • can be prepared 100 percent vegan
  • takes a little getting used to for some people
  • is completely caffeine-free