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.
The Turmeric Ginger Latte combines two nutritional giants in one delicious drink.
If you have a juicer, try the excellent ginger shot recipes.
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.
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.
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
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.