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September 11, 2022

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I’m starting to feel it in the air, y’all. Fall is definitely creeping in and I love it so, so much. Of course one of the downsides is the rise of cold and flu (and covid) season, as well. Boo. That’s where this Golden Milk recipe comes in.

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I think we all have our favorite warm, comforting drinks that get us through the chilly days, or the rotating illnesses that make their way from house to house. Hot chocolate, herbal tea, cider – those have traditionally been on rotation in our home (and still are), but last year I added this Golden Milk recipe and it’s making its way to the front of the line. My daughter request it for breakfast almost daily.

This traditional Indian drink is great for inflammation, rich and smooth, and so so tasty. Packed with nutrients from turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and others, it’s a great boost for your body as it fights off whatever ails it. My Golden Milk recipe, while not traditional, really takes the best of the original and spices it up with the fall flavors I love most. I make this Golden Milk whenever I start feeling any sort of scratchiness in my throat or sinuses, (or just when it’s cold outside and I want to sit by the fire and warm up) and it’s amazing how soothing and comforting it is. Have you had Golden Milk before? Would love to know your thoughts once you give this one a try!

Dairy-Free Golden Milk Recipe

This is a non-traditional version of the traditional Indian classic. A steeped, turmeric tea made with coconut milk, almond milk, and an array of spices. It's subtle and smooth and the perfect warm drink for a cold day. Or a day with a cold.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: drinks, turmeric


  • 14 oz coconut cream 13-15oz can is great
  • 4 cups almond milk
  • 2 inches turmeric root sliced thin
  • 1/2 inch ginger root sliced thin
  • 3 cardamom pods whole
  • 3 cloves whole
  • 1 cinnamon stick whole
  • 1/2 star anise whole
  • 2 inches vanilla bean optional – can use 1/2 tsp vanilla extract instead
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg fresh ground preferably
  • lemon peel two 2in pieces
  • 1/4 cup honey or date syrup


  • In a pot, whisk together all the ingredients. Bring it to a simmer over medium high, whisking frequently, then drop the temperature to low. Cover and let steep for 10-30 minutes (longer steeping intensifies the color and flavor).
  • For a more vibrant-colored milk, use up to 4 inches thinly sliced turmeric, or opt for 1 tbsp ground turmeric. Ground turmeric can cause graininess, but straining well helps.
  • Serve warm (topped with a little ground cinnamon is nice, but not necessary). Keeps in the fridge up to a week if covered.

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  1. Christie says:

    I thought Golden milk was suppose to help you sleep and to be drank at night. Is that not true? Thank you for your help if you will clarify, please.

    • Chris says:

      It doesn’t have any sleep-inducing ingredients that I’m aware of, but it is super soothing and comforting. I drink it before bed often and it helps me relax, and I drink it in the day as well. I don’t think there are any rules around it – you can live your life however you want haha :)

  2. gigi says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen you write “y’all.” It warms my heart as much as a mug of steaming Golden Milk. Cheers!

  3. Krysti says:

    Great recipe! Looking forward to trying it. How long does it keep in the refrigerator?

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