Make Your Own Golden Milk


golden milk

What the hell is golden milk?

Well…it’s an ancient ayurvedic treatment made of turmeric & honey with health benefits out the yin yang…and it’s insanely delicious.  At least I think so.  My honey took a tiny tiny tiny sip and gagged, but he can be a bit on the dramatic side when trying new foods.  Okay.  He can be a lot on the dramatic side, so don’t let his reaction deter you.  I promise it was completely unwarranted.  (I honestly think he did it to get my goat since I’m always trying some new healthy this or that which he finds completely silly…you should have seen what happened when he tasted kombucha which is a very acquired taste.) I think it’s delicious.


Golden milk tastes like heaven (a slight exaggeration).


It resembles eggnog or a less spicy chai tea in flavor.  It’s sweet with just enough spice to it to keep it interesting.   Drink it hot or cold – either way it’s magically delicious.



  • helps with digestion & aids the liver (heart burn, gas, ulcers, etc)
  • skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc)
  • immune system (infections, cancer, bronchitis, etc)
  • joint health
  • blood sugar
  • heart health (high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc)
  • reproductive health in women

Turmeric is an amazingly potent antioxidant.  I don’t think I need to tell you the health benefits of antioxidants, do I?  You should be forewarned:  if you are pregnant you should avoid consuming extra turmeric since it encourages menstruation and uterine contractions (which you obviously don’t want while you’re pregnant).



golden milk recipe

This is my personal modified (read as milder) golden milk recipe from the traditional and makes 4 servings (to make more just double the recipe as needed).  But don’t worry – if you want a more traditional version I’ve provided those instructions too.

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup water

Combine these in a saucepan and bring to a boil until it starts to thicken a little (about 10 minutes).  Don’t forget to stir.  Turn the heat down and mix in:

  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • a dash of nutmeg
  • a smaller dash of cinnamon
  • vanilla extract (I base the amount on smell…you should smell the vanilla but it shouldn’t be overwhelming.  If you prefer you could eliminate this step and buy vanilla almond milk instead.)
  • bring it to a very low simmer
  • turn off the heat and stir in 4 tbs honey (of your choice…I like raw or orange blossom.  If you think honey is honey then try orange blossom honey and prepare to be blown away.  Vegans or anti-honey people:  feel free to substitute with maple syrup, but please note that honey adds to the antibacterial properties of the turmeric.)
  • ladle out a cup and enjoy.  The rest can be bottled and tossed in the fridge.

golden milk recipe

Now for the traditional recipe (this makes a large amount of turmeric paste which can be refrigerated for future use):

  • 1/4 cup of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup of water

Add to a saucepan, mixing well, over medium/high heat until it thickens to a paste.  let cool, can & store.

    • 1 cup of milk (or milk substitute if you don’t consume dairy)
    • 1 teaspoon almond oil, ghee or olive oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon or more of turmeric paste

Combine in a saucepan and almost bring it to a boil.  Add honey to taste.

[traditional recipe credit: wise woman weblog]

golden milk recipe

I haven’t tried the second recipe so let me know if you give it a go.  Making golden milk really is the simplest thing ever…and to think there are juice bars & health food stores that sell this stuff for upwards of $9 per bottle.  It took all of 15 minutes to make and costs next to nothing (certainly not $9 per cup!).  Cha-ching!  That’s money that can be used towards something like…oh…I don’t know…shoes, maybe? *wink*

Now go make your tummy (and the rest of you!) happy & healthy.  (And seriously, if you find yourself gagging, my honey would like to know.  So please – I can’t believe I’m asking this…so gross – report back if you do.)


Kisses & Chaos,

Alli Woods Frederick

image::  via anton health  ::  turmeric – courriel vert  ::  via medicine room  ::  by yours truly  ::


*I am not a medical professional.    This article is for entertainment purposes only.  This is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions/illnesses, nor is it meant to replace any current treatments or medications that are prescribed by your physician for a current medical condition.  Please consult a medical professional before use.  For more information about turmeric, its side effects & drug interactions visit WebMD & talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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  • I love chai tea, so I for sure want to try this. Need to stock up on some of this fancy honey though. Bookmarked!

    Strive to Thrive,

  • Stephanie F

    Oh wow that looks delicious! I’m going to make this now 🙂 haha! (no, seriously, I’m going to go make this now.) Thanks for sharing. I like the looks of your version better though.

    • Ha! Well I hope you like it. If you make any tweaks I’d love to hear them. I dig trying new spins on old favorites.

  • Ha! Too funny…no…nothing like that. I hope you can find some turmeric. It really is a delicious drink. Perfect before bed or on a cold day.

  • Caroline Blicq

    I *love* Golden Milk! I forgot about it for a few years, and when I came across this post, I HAD to make it again — I made mine with a twist, though – I added dried lavender buds. It turned out SO GOOD, like a lavender-y chai — I think I’ll be making it this way from now on. 🙂
    Thanks for the recipe, and the reminder about just how yummy this drink is.


    • Glad I could jog your memory.

      I love your idea of adding lavender. I adore lavender…so yummy. I think I might have to give your recipe a try. It sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for the tip, Caroline! <3

      • sugarbee

        You’re so welcome! It was quite scrumptious — although next time, I’ll add a little bit less lavender, as I also added cardamom pods, and between hte two, was a little more camphoric than I had wanted. Nonetheless, it was lovely. I’ll be making this much more often. Thanks again for posting this. 🙂

  • kai

    I made the ‘original’ recipe and added a 1/4 cup of honey to the paste. I’m hoping the honey will help it keep longer… When I made it I added a touch of coconut oil to the almond milk- delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Clever idea! I’ve never had an issue with the paste spoiling but then it doesn’t sit around too long in my house.

      I’m totally digging all the ways you guys are personalizing the recipe. You are giving me tons of ideas!

      And you’re most welcome for the recipe. It was too delicious not share. If you come up with any others modifications please feel free to share them. <3

  • Southlander

    I’m now in “turmeric” heaven. However, maybe I’m slow (according to some) and missed it, but how does one print the recipe(s) for Golden Milk? :-))

    • Right click is disabled on Kisses & Chaos so to print it out you should be able to print the page by going to “File” in your browser and selecting the print option. (Just make sure you click the post title so it’s the only post on the page…otherwise you’ll end up printing every single post that’s on the page & we don’t want to waste your ink.)

      For now that’s the only way to print, but your question has made me decide to make all recipes and DIY projects available as downloadable/printable pdfs so it’s more convenient for you. Thanks for the input and the new idea!

  • Southlander

    Oh, and I absolutely love the “coconut oil” idea as well as adding the honey ahead of time. :-))

    • I’ve never tried it with coconut oil. If you give it a shot let me know how you like it. 🙂

  • simplysope

    I gave this a whirl and it was lovely! I made the traditional version of the paste and made my milk with stevia. For oil, I used hemp seed oil since it was what I had around. Absolutely lovely. It isn’t harsh like I expected and I’m looking forward to all the excellent benefits of tumeric! I can see I’ll be putting this paste in everything, lol. Next stop, tomorrow’s protein shake.

    Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

    • You’re most welcome. I’m glad you liked it. And please do let me know how it works when mixed with other drinks…I’m curious about the protein shake.

      • simplysope

        It was great in my shake! It added a spicy component like chai, but it wasn’t unpleasant. I may stick to the turmeric paste (sans pepper) for smoothies tho.

        • Noted on the pepper.
          What kind/flavor of protein shake was it if you don’t mind me asking?

          • simplysope

            I generally use vanilla, but I was out. This smoothie had: green tea, plain nonfat greek yogurt (one little container 4.3 oz?), handful of frozen blueberries & raspberries, tsp or so of flax seed, one scoop strawberry whey protein and a teaspoon of the turmeric paste.

          • I’m jotting that down to give it a try. That sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  • ww

    FYI – The reason black pepper is in original recipe is because in order for turmeric to be absorbed it must be eaten with pepper. Take a black pepper (or piperine) supplement with the drink if you don’t like adding the pepper to your drink. It is a super cheap supplement and also aids in absorbing other nutrients.

    • Actually, tumeric comtains curcumin which has health benefits such as being an anti-inflammatory among many others. The addition of black pepper is common in Ayurvedic treatments, such as traditional Golden Milk recipes, but the pepper isn’t 100% necessary. You’ll still have health benefits without it. The pepper just makes it super-potent…like steroids for turmeric. Personally, I don’t care for it with black pepper, hence the pepper-free recipe. I know some prefer it with, so thanks for letting readers know how to give their turmeric a big ol’ extra dose of healthy goodness. 🙂

  • Mickie

    I’m wondering if I heat the water and turmeric and simply add it to raw milk if I can up the awesomeness.

  • Ret Johnson

    I just tried a modified version of the traditional using the paste. While cooking the paste I added about 1 tsp of organic Ceylon cinnamon powder. After putting the paste in a 4 oz canning jar, I stirred in 4 drops cardamom and clove essential oils and 2 drops ginger essential oils.

    When making the golden milk, I used milk, a splash of vanilla extract, 1 tsp of extra virgin coconut oil, and 1 tsp organic raw honey along with the 1/4 tsp of paste. The taste is wonderful!

  • Coach

    I was just wondering how I was going to get around my craving for egg nog. Can’t wait to try this recipe!


    Just made it… DELICIOUS!! Thanks a lot. Best regards from Holland, Europe.

    • So glad you enjoyed it and thank you for stopping by!

  • Liz

    I drink golden milk faithfully every morning. I cook it as a large batch – 1/4 c. tumeric to 1/2 cup water. Be sure to cook 7 – 9 minutes so it turns into a paste. Sometimes I double that. I also add 1/8 c. cinnamon (so healthy for you too and adds a delicious flavor). I probably go overboard, but I use 1 -2 T. per cup of milk with honey each morning. Be sure to add little oil to help the tumeric do it’s good stuff to your joints (I have osteoarthritis). I use flax oil with lignon. I bet coconut oil would be good. You only need about 1/4 t. of oil. Otherwise it will be a major laxative…believe me ;-). Enjoy! It’s my dessert of the day.

    • thanks for the coconut oil tip. that sounds delicious!

  • Rayvyn

    Just made the traditional for my knee & shoulder. Tastes great, (straight, no sweeter) I used the olive oil not ghee, or anything else. As my Ghee is in the fridge to prevent melting. (My house is hot!) So the Ghee is hard. An I figured what the heck, since my Olive Oil is authentic anyway, an organic. (like the rest of the ingredients in mine!) You can also skip the “milk” part and use the paste as a compress. As well.