With these chilly temperatures upon us, it can be extra hard to resist having multiple cups of coffee (I am partial to lattes!), so I wanted to create a comforting drink that had all the warming, indulgent taste of a holiday drink, but had some health benefits as well.
Turmeric tea is a fantastic way to enjoy the health benefits of turmeric, which is a spice that is incredible for your body. Turmeric is known as a “healing spice” in eastern cultures and has been used to treat ailments such as sore throats, colds, flus, stomach aches, and skin issues (source). Turmeric has very high levels of nutrients, antioxidents, and anti-inflammatory compounds, and has also been shown in studies to inhibit cancer cell growth (source).
Basically, turmeric is a spice that you should definitely include in your diet. Not only does it have incredible health benefits, but it has a unique taste that can go well in spicy dishes, as well as taste good in a sweeter setting, like with this turmeric tea.
There are many different variations of classic turmeric tea that you can find online, most of them including spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom, honey, and warm milk. Turmeric tea is a creamy, comforting drink that tastes slightly spicy, and warms you up from the inside. The combination of spicy and sweet in a warm drink reminds me a little bit of a traditional chai, but includes turmeric as its star ingredient.
Since I have access to an espresso machine, I used the steaming wand to make the milk creamy and frothy. You could also do this recipe stovetop if you do not have an espresso machine.
1/2 tsp turmeric (ground)
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch black pepper (this helps the body absorb the turmeric)
1 teaspoon ginger (I used freshly juiced ginger)
1/2 cup hot water
milk (your choice – I used almond)
2-3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup to sweeten
Add the spices to the bottom of your cup. Next, add hot water, filling about 1/3 of your mug. Stir the spices into the hot water to dissolve them. Add ginger and honey/maple syrup, and stir again. Next, steam the milk with an espresso machine, or combine on the stove. Pour your warm, frothy milk over the water and spice mixture in your mug. Top with extra spices.
Cozy up with a good book and enjoy!