The Turmeric Ginger Latte is one or my favorite hot drinks. It’s absolutely delicious and has amazing medicinal properties! The main ingredients, turmeric and ginger, are cousins and work extremely well together. And the list of potential health benefits seems never-ending, including many gut problems.
Turmeric Ginger Latte benefits
The Turmeric Ginger Latte combines two nutritional giants in one delicious drink. Both ingredients have extraordinary health benefits.
Turmeric has a safe track record of thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. Curcumin has been much studied for it’s many benefits.Bioactivity and Health Benefits of Curcumin: (nih.gov)Benefits of turmeric (GreenMedInfo.com)
- Alleviates gut problems like gastritis and ulcers
- Used for arthritis, cataracts, liver damage
- Protects against heavy metal toxicity
- Protects against many cancersAnticancer potential of curcumin: PubMed (nih.gov)
- Improves exercise performanceCurcumin improves exercise performance (nih.gov)
- Counteracts depressionPatients with Depressive Disorder: PubMed (nih.gov)
- Curbs inflammationsSafety and anti-inflammatory activity of curcumin: (Curcuma longa) – PubMed (nih.gov)
Ginger contains over 100 compounds many of which have medicinal properties. Many studies show a number of health benefits.Ginger on Human Health: A Systematic Review (nih.gov)Top 16 Proven Benefits of Ginger | Organic FactsBioactivities of Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) (nih.gov)Health Benefits of Eating Ginger (chopra.com)
- Enhances fat digestion and absorption
- Antiviral, antiseptic, antihistamine
- Lessens arthritis symptoms
- Protects against cancers
- Suppresses H. pylori
- A natural antibiotic
- Prevents ulcers
- Controls hunger
- Pain relief
If you have a juicer, try the excellent ginger shot recipes.
Summary: Turmeric and ginger are two of the most potent and beneficial plants known. They both have extraordinary medicinal properties. So use them whenever you can.
Latte tasting notes
How does the Turmeric Ginger Latte taste? Served hot, it has a strong, warm, sweet, creamy taste with a lovely ginger kick. You can add cinnamon, mace, vanilla and other spices for a more complex, diverse taste. Oat and almond milk are great. A personal favorite is full-fat raw milk.
Fresh ginger has a pleasant, warm, spicy taste that feels just right when feeling cold. Therefore, you might add more ginger in the winter. Some claim the Ginger Latte promotes better sleep when consumed in the evening. Fiddle with the ingredients until you find a good ratio.
Note: More ginger makes a hotter and spicier latte. But more turmeric can quickly become a bit overwhelming. (see FAQ below)
1. Basic Turmeric Ginger Latte recipe
- 1 teaspoon fresh, grated turmeric (or 1-2 teaspoons turmeric powder)
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger (leave the peel on organic root)
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or honey, stevia)
- 2-3 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1 cup of almond, oat or cow’s milk
- Cinnamon (or cardamom) powder for dusting
- A pinch of sea salt
- Mix all ingredients in a blender (or use a spoon and mix the ingredients in a bowl until it forms a paste).
- Heat the milk over medium heat (not boil).
- Pour the hot milk into the blender, add the mixture and whirl until smooth and frothy. You can also use a hand blender or a whisk.
- Dust cinnamon on top.
- To increase bioavailability, some add a few crushed black peppers.
2. Spicy Turmeric Ginger Latte
Add the ginger last for a stronger bite. Adding cardamom powder make the Latte more aromatic.
- 1 1/2 cups (3.5 dl) milk (almond, oat, or other)
- 1 cup (2.4 dl) coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- Small piece grated, fresh ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 pitted dates
- In a small saucepan, add all ingredients, except the grated ginger
- Heat slowly until warm, whisk and don’t let it boil
- Transfer the mixture to a mixer, add ginger
- Blend until smooth. (you can also use a hand blender)
- Pour up, dust with cinnamon
3. Spicy Golden Milk
This is a spicy variation of the classic Golden Milk recipe.
- 1-2 teaspoons turmeric powder (or 1-inch fresh root)
- A few white peppercorns
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1-inch piece of ginger
- Raw honey or stevia
- A little ghee (optional)
- Crush fresh turmeric coarsely in a mortar
- Crush a few white peppercorns
- Mix water with coconut milk, add turmeric, pepper, ginger—bring to a boil
- Simmer 5-10 min until it gets thick
- Remove from stove
- Add honey or stevia
- (optional) Add ghee at the end
Some find the latte recipes addictive and the potential health benefits many. But more is not always better. In any case, the drink is quite filling which limits the amount you can drink. One or two lattes per day is normal.
Yes, some do this. However, be aware that the taste of the latte may not be as appealing with more turmeric.
It’s true that the uptake is low. Peperine in black pepper is known to greatly increase bioavailability. You only need a small amount of black pepper to increase the uptake.
Fresh turmeric contains more than 300 components and fresh root seems to contain higher levels than the dry powder. However, both fresh root and powder are more potent than most curcumin supplements.