A Cup of Gold: Everything about the Benefits and Preparation of Golden Milk

Golden Milk

The Golden Miracle Drink for Health and Wellbeing

Kirsten, the owner of tea shop Het Kleinste Huis, smiling with a cup of tea, a white teapot on a cutting board next to her, in a cozy indoor setting with a plant in the background.

By Kirsten

Golden Milk, you've probably heard of it, right? This golden yellow drink is not only a feast for the eyes, but also a boost for your health! In this blog we delve into the world of Golden Milk. We discover what it is, where it comes from, and of course how you can make it at home. Grab a cup of tea (or Golden Milk!) and read along.

What is Golden Milk?

Golden Milk, also known as 'turmeric latte' or 'haldi doodh', is a traditional Indian drink that has been consumed for centuries. The main ingredient is turmeric, a powerful spice known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Mixed with warm milk and other spices such as black pepper, ginger and cinnamon, it is not only a pleasure for the taste buds, but also a boost for your well-being.

Ingredients for turmeric mix on a table: a bowl with turmeric mix, a bowl of milk, cinnamon sticks, star anise, a sieve and a wooden spoon, against a light background.

De Oorsprong van Golden Milk

Golden Milk has its origins in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine. Ayurveda, which means 'knowledge of life', uses natural herbs and spices to promote health and prevent disease. In this age-old tradition, Golden Milk is seen as a healing drink, perfect for purifying the body and calming the mind.

Health Benefits of Golden Milk

Golden Milk has its origins in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine. Ayurveda, which means 'knowledge of life', uses natural herbs and spices to promote health and prevent disease. In this age-old tradition, Golden Milk is seen as a healing drink, perfect for purifying the body and calming the mind.

The power of Golden Milk lies in the turmeric. Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Studies show that curcumin can help reduce inflammation, fight infections and even support brain function. But that's not all! Let's look at some specific health benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory: Perfect for after an intensive workout or simply to relieve everyday aches and pains.
  • Boost for the immune system: A real boost for your resistance, especially in the winter months.
  • Improve digestion: Helps calm an uneasy stomach.
  • Better sleep: The warm milk and herbs have a calming effect and can contribute to a good night's sleep .

How Do You Make Golden Milk?​

Before we dive into the delicious process of making Golden Milk, let's take a moment to consider the kitchen tools you'll need. Don't worry, you don't have to be a professional chef to brew this golden drink! With a few simple tools that you probably already have in your kitchen, you are ready to get started.

What you need:​

  1. Small Pan: Ideal for heating the milk.
  2. Spoon or Whisk: To stir everything nice and smooth.< /li>
  3. Measuring spoon: Handy for measuring your spices perfectly.
  4. Grater: If you choose fresh ginger.</li >
  5. Strainer: For a silky smooth Golden Milk.
  6. Cup or Mug: To serve your golden creation.

With these tools at hand, making Golden Milk will be a breeze. Now let's see how you can whip up this golden drink in no time!

Now the fun part – making Golden Milk yourself! It's super simple and you only need a few ingredients. Here's a basic recipe to get you started:

Ingredients for basic Golden Milk recipe:​

  • 1 cup milk (can also be plant-based)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A pinch of black pepper (to improve the absorption of curcumin)
  • Honey or another sweetener to taste

Preparation Golden Milk:​

  • Heat the milk in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add the turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper.
  • Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes.
  • Strain the Golden Milk and add sweetener to taste.
  • Enjoy your warm, healing drink!

Although the traditional recipe for Golden Milk has its charm, we understand that not everyone has the time or inclination to buy, measure and mix all the spices separately.

Fortunately, there is an easier way! With our specially formulated turmeric mix you can enjoy a delicious cup of Golden Milk in no time. This mix contains all the essential spices you need, perfectly balanced for the best taste and health benefits. Below is a super simple recipe that uses this handy mix. This way you can enjoy your golden moment even faster!

Alternative Recipe for Golden Milk with our Turmeric Mix

  • Our Turmeric Mix
  • Milk of your choice (can be either animal or vegetable)
  • Optional: extra sweetener such as honey, agave syrup or stevia
  • Optional: a pinch of extra cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavor


  1. Preparation: Take a cup of your favorite milk. For a richer taste, you can use whole milk, or choose a plant-based option such as almond milk or coconut milk for a vegan option.
A wooden scoop of turmeric mix over a pot of milk, ready to be mixed for a warming drink.
  1. Mixing: Add a teaspoon (or to taste) of our special turmeric blend to the milk.
Turmeric mix floating on milk in a pan with a whisk, the process of mixing to create a spicy drink
  1. Heat: Heat the mixture in a pan over medium heat. Make sure it does not boil, but becomes warm enough for a comfortable temperature.
A pan with heated milk and turmeric mix thoroughly mixed with a whisk, ready for further preparation of Golden Milk.
  1. Extra Flavor: Add an extra pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg for even more depth of flavor.
  1. Serving: Once the Golden Milk is warm, pour it into your favorite cup. Use a sieve to collect the Turmeric Mix.

    For an extra touch of luxury, you can top it off with a little whipped milk or a cinnamon stick as a garnish.
Pouring process of Golden Milk through a sieve into a mug, top view of the clear liquid and herbs being filtered, with a wooden surface and herbs in the background.
  1. Enjoy: Take a moment for yourself and enjoy your homemade, nutritious Golden Milk.
A ceramic mug filled with Golden Milk, decorated with a star anise and a cinnamon stick, with more spices and a bowl of turmeric mix in the background.

The Nutritional Value of Golden Milk​

One of the great aspects of Golden Milk is that it is not only delicious, but also nutrient-rich. The nutritional value may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use, but here's a general overview based on a standard recipe:

  • Energy: A cup of Golden Milk provides approximately 100-150 calories, depending on the milk and sweeteners used.
  • Proteins: Milk is a good source of protein, which is important for muscle building and recovery.
  • Fats: The fats in Golden Milk mainly come from milk. If you use whole milk, these are mainly saturated fats, while plant-based milk often contains unsaturated fats.
  • Carbohydrates: Most of the carbohydrates in Golden Milk come from the lactose in the milk and any added sweeteners.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Milk is a good source of calcium, essential for strong bones and teeth. In addition, turmeric contains vitamin C, magnesium and iron.

The Superpower of Turmeric

The main ingredient of Golden Milk, turmeric, deserves extra attention. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The active component, curcumin, plays a crucial role in this. Although curcumin is present in Golden Milk in small amounts, it still contributes to the overall health benefits of the drink.

Personalize Your Golden Milk

The beauty of Golden Milk is that you can easily adapt it to your own nutritional needs and preferences. For example, use unsweetened almond milk for a lower calorie content, or add a spoonful of protein powder for an extra protein boost. Diabetics can choose a sweetener with a low glycemic index, such as stevia.

Honey is poured over a mug of Golden Milk, with a cinnamon stick and star anise inside, against a white background with herb sprinkles.

Frequently Asked Questions about Golden Milk​

Absolute! Just use your favorite plant-based milk.

A cup daily is a great way to enjoy the benefits.

In general, yes, but if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking certain medications, check with your doctor.

Of course! Although it is traditionally served warm, a cold Golden Milk is also wonderfully refreshing. Just let it cool and serve with ice cubes if desired.

Feel free to experiment! Cardamom, nutmeg or even a little vanilla can provide delicious variations.

You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to two days. Warm it up before drinking it again.

Although Golden Milk is not a miracle cure for weight loss, it can be a healthy and low-calorie alternative to other sugary drinks.

In principle yes, but pay attention to the amount of turmeric and do not add honey to the Golden Milk for babies under one year of age.

Golden Milk can be part of a healthy lifestyle, but it is not a miracle cure for weight loss. It can help reduce inflammation and improve your digestion, which can indirectly contribute to weight management.

Hopefully these additional questions and answers will provide even more insight into the versatility and benefits of Golden Milk! Do you have more questions or topics you would like to see addressed? Let me know! 🌟🥛


There you have it! A wonderful introduction to the world of Golden Milk. This golden drink is not only a pleasure for the taste buds, but also offers numerous health benefits. Whether you drink it for relaxation, health or just for the delicious taste, Golden Milk is a simple and delicious addition to your daily routine. Give it a try and be surprised by the taste of this golden wonder!

That concludes our exploration of Golden Milk. Do you have any tips, recipes or experiences of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments below! And remember: a little gold in your life never hurts! 😉🥛✨

- Kirsten -

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For a large part of her life Kirsten has had a passion for entrepreneurship and tea. Since 2014, she has been combining this with her husband, Niels, in the tea specialty store Het Kleinste Huis (The Smallest House in Amsterdam). Kirsten likes to write about things that keep her busy (this doesn't have to be just tea!).

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