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Golden Milk (Hot or Iced)

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Learn how to make homemade hot or iced golden milk (turmeric milk) with this simple recipe. It tastes kind of like a chai, and it's quick and easy to make. |

Guys, have you tried golden milk yet??

A few weeks ago, I mentioned how I’ve been drinking this stuff non-stop lately, and a bunch of you messaged asking where to buy it or how to make it. I’m sure a store-bought version is available somewhere. But I’ve been making my own — both hot and iced — and it’s totally easy to whip up. And somewhat to my surprise, it’s also totally tasty.

Golden milk is typically made with some sort of milk (I went with almond milk), a handful of warming spices (cinnamon, ginger, etc.), a hint of sweetener (maple syrup, honey, etc.), and a splash of vanilla if you’d like  — very similar to the flavors in chai. But the main ingredient in there which makes it “golden” — and all the more vividly so, depending on how much you add — is the almighty turmeric.

I don’t know how familiar you are with turmeric, but in addition to being a popular flavor used in curries, it also boasts an impressive list of health benefits. a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-depressant, and is said to also help prevent or treat all sorts of major diseases. (Google it!)  I also happen to think it’s quite tasty, with its distinctly warm, earthy, peppery and slightly bitter flavor. Some people aren’t a fan, but I really love it. And the great thing about making golden milk (a.k.a. “turmeric milk”) is that you can start with a small amount and add however much turmeric you’d like to taste.

Interested?? I totally think you should try some.

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Learn how to make homemade hot or iced golden milk (turmeric milk) with this simple recipe. It tastes kind of like a chai, and it's quick and easy to make. |

As I said, the ingredient list is really similar to a chai. You just need:

  • milk (I used almond milk, but any kind will do)
  • ground turmeric*
  • ground ginger
  • sweetener (maple syrup, honey, or whatever you’d like)
  • vanilla extract
  • and a hint of black pepper

Why the black pepper?! Studies have shown that it majorly helps your body to absorb the nutrients from the other spices (especially turmeric) even better. Plus I like the little kick it adds.

*Heads up on the turmeric though — it is a major stainer. I’m talking about teeth, countertops, stain-able mugs, you name it — they can also turn golden. So be careful to wipe up any golden milk that might accidentally drip down the bottom of your mug, and also consider using a straw or brushing your teeth soon after drinking.

Learn how to make homemade hot or iced golden milk (turmeric milk) with this simple recipe. It tastes kind of like a chai, and it's quick and easy to make. |

To make the golden milk, just bring your milk to a simmer and whisk in all of those spices until they’re totally combined and the milk turns a brighter “golden” color…Learn how to make homemade hot or iced golden milk (turmeric milk) with this simple recipe. It tastes kind of like a chai, and it's quick and easy to make. |

…and then you can either serve it up hot…Learn how to make homemade hot or iced golden milk (turmeric milk) with this simple recipe. It tastes kind of like a chai, and it's quick and easy to make. |

…or chill it down with some ice. (<– My favorite this time of year!)

Some recipes call for using actually turmeric root, ginger root, cinnamon sticks, etc. — which you’re totally welcome to try — but I find that this recipe with the powdered spices is the quick and easiest version to make. Which means that I’ll actually make it. Often. :)

Some other recipes lean toward a water-based version that they call turmeric tea, which you’re also welcome to experiment with (adding in a tea bag if you’d like).

My favorite, though, is this classic turmeric milk — golden milk. It seriously tastes like such a treat at any hour of the day, and I love knowing that it’s actually good for you too. Of course, I have to disclaim that I’m not a doctor and can’t prove any of the health benefits of this (talk to your doc if you’d like to know more). But from what I’ve heard, this one is as good for you as it is good to sip. :)

So cheers, friends! Hope you enjoy it!

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Golden Milk (Hot or Iced)

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


Learn how to make homemade golden milk with this simple recipe. It’s quick and easy to make, full of good-for-you turmeric, and it’s delicious hot or iced!


  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 23  tablespoons maple syrup or honey  (or any favorite sweetener, add more/less to taste)
  • 1 teaspoons ground turmeric  (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of black pepper
  • optional: tiny pinch of ground cloves, cardamom, and/or nutmeg, if desired


  1. Heat almond milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins simmering (not boiling).  Add in the remaining ingredients, and whisk for a minute or so until everything is combined and smooth, and the spices are completely dissolved.  Taste and add in extra sweetener if needed.
  2. Serve immediately.  Or let the milk cool to room temperature, then refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.  You can either reheat it then, or serve it chilled over ice.

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78 comments on “Golden Milk (Hot or Iced)”

  1. OK, I have been under a golden milk-less rock. I need to try this! Thanks for the heads up about the stain too. I definitely would have shocked the world with my yellow teeth, lol.

    • Ha, yep, I’ve been there. (A friend pointed out to me last week that it can also stain your tongue.) :P

      Worth it though! So yummy! :)

    • Yeah! We hope you love it as much as we do! :D

  2. Wow! That looks delicious and is something I never would have thought of, but love the taste of tumeric and its health benefits! Will definitely be trying soon!

  3. Never heard of this until today, but definitely going to have to give it a try next time I head to the grocery store!

  4. Love golden milk and never tried it on ice. Now I know what I’m drinking this summer! :) 
    Great idea, great pictures, pinning ♥ 

  5. I have been drinking golden milk for a while, but only the hot version. I have not thought of trying it iced. Sounds so refreshing this time of year! :)

    • It’s totally refreshing — I think you’ll love the iced version!

    • It’s sooooo good iced — we hope you can give it a try soon (definitely a refreshing way to stay cool in the summer time)! :)

  6. That sounds so healthy! I’ll have to give it a try!

  7. I love this stuff! It helps me sleep too. Thanks for the idea of using a straw. I’ve also found that you can remove turmeric stains on your countertops or appliances by rubbing a little vegetable oil into the stain, then cleaning it with your regular cleanser.

    • We’re glad you’re a fan Elaine! And that’s really cool that vegetable oil will help remove turmeric stains — great to know!

  8. I’m so intrigued!

  9. This stuff is amazing. I’ve been drinking it for a while and give it to anyone who is in my house! Turmeric is wonderful and tastes great!

  10. Love this! I cannot wait to try this at home! What a great natural anti-inflammatory. Great post!
    I’ll be sure to stay clear of anything white however:)

  11. Thank you I didn’t think to try it warm or as a spiced drink.
    I was used to the coked paste though.

  12. Okay what kind of magic cinnamon are you using that dissolves because mine won’t lol

    • That’s strange! We wonder if yours was more coarsely-ground? We used simply organic.

    • I have been obsessed with turmeric as a skincare mask and love it. I keep reading about how good it is to drink. It sounds delicious as an iced drink. I will definitely give a try.

  13. I’ve never heard of golden milk before but when I saw it on your website I knew I had to try it. It’s so yummy, loved it. And I can’t believe it is soooo good for you too. My new favourite drink :)

  14. Awesome recipe, it is perfect for my daily meal. Thanks for sharing :)

  15. I haven’t heard of golden milk before, but you got me – I’m going to give it a try.

  16. I haven’t heard of golden milk before. However, I would like to try it.

  17. You’ve included all of my favorite ingredients for something DELICIOUS! :))

  18. OH MY GOODNESS…I just whipped this up in my nutribullet cold…It was delicious….I recently heard that black pepper enhances the properties of the Tumeric….Love it!! My new nightcap!

  19. Hy, :) i’m Daniela – a fan of yours of course
    dear in the picture with the ingredients i saw an extra ingredient … wich is…
    thank you and keep going to make my mouth watering :)
    havea very nice day !
    hug, Daniela

  20. I grew up drinking this every time I got sick. It is a traditional Indian cure-all.  My sister and I hated being forced to drink this stuff but it has grown on me with age. Funny to see it catching on here as a trendy drink! 

  21. This is an amazing recipe and any time I use it is fall asleep, something rare for someone borderline insomniac. Thank you!

    • Thanks Brooke — we’re so happy you enjoyed it and that it’s helping you sleep better!

  22. Found your recipe while searching for cold golden milk! I’m a golden milk lover, but wanted to see what people do to have it cold! When having it warm, I put coconut oil for health benefits too. I wanted to share about turmeric and teeth! It’s actually used for tooth whitening!
    Thanks for your recipe!

    • You’re welcome Katie, we’re glad you enjoy it! And thanks for sharing that with us, we had no idea it could be used for tooth whitening — very cool!

  23. Just tried this for the first time tonight. I will add a bit more honey next time (I only used a teaspoon) but this was really good! I had the same problem someone else mentioned with my cinnamon not dissolving, but I’ll play with the recipe. I really like it. Can you use any kind of milk? Even cow’s milk?

  24. I lost my soulmate last April, my Only Brother in July, and my 98 year old Mother in. September I’ve been struggling with sleeping ever since. I wake up numerous times a night, with bad dreams and achy joints. I do not want to add any Pharmas’ to assist my desire for peaceful sleep. This recipe should target both! I am going out to get an ingredient I don’t have in my pantry. Will try this tonite and let you know how I do!  Wish me luck & thank you for sharing! 

    • We’re so sorry to hear that, Pam! :( We hope this helps you sleep — definitely let us know!

  25. What happens if you accidentally bring it to boil?

  26. I have made it twice already, it is sooooo delicious. I love ginger so I use a bit more than the recipe requires. But the whole combination of spices is just very tasty. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

  27. This sounds great.  I have been looking for a hot drink to replace my afternoon coffee.  I will try it with coconut milk since I have a ton on hand right now.

  28. Tried today…..perfect beverage for a chilly afternoon! Easy to make and loved the flavors! This is an easy way to increase one’s turmeric intake as it is sooo healthy for us!! Thanks for sharing!

  29. wow, really interesting about tumeric, had only thought of it as a curry ingredient, but your pineapple tumeric healthy drink linked to this so had to check it out, such great information, I had no idea about anti-inflamatory and other health benefits, really appreciate this information, thank you!

  30. I’ve been turned onto golden milk by a friend – and I have found that it’s great with chocolate milk. *cough* That’s the way I like it for taste, because I’m not a super fan of the flavor myself. I’ve also found, though, that for sleep it works like a charm if I drink it hot and not so much if I take it cold. Weird, but true.

  31. This is DELICIOUS! Any sense of how many calories per serving?

    • Thank you, Leslie — we’re so glad you enjoy it! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  32. Hi, I really like your recipe for the Golden Milk and look forward to trying it chilled. Just one thing though. I noticed that your recipe doesn’t include any fats. I have seen several recipes where coconut fat is used. It states it is to help absorption of the Turmeric. Would you know about this? Is the fat not important? I would think it would separate from the other liquids. Any thoughts? Thank you, Denise.

    • Hi Denise! Hmmm, that’s interesting, we hadn’t read/heard that, but we think you could definitely add some fat to this (maybe coconut oil, grass-fed butter, or yogurt perhaps). If you try it, let us know how it turns out! :)

  33. This is so good and soothing! I could get used to this before bed! 

  34. I added a half of cup coconut milk as well.
    I was told that this helps with sleep problems as well as Fibromyalgia and vertigo!

    • Oh interesting, Joni, we hope you enjoyed this (we bet it was really yummy with that coconut milk)!

  35. It also stains cats. Haha! Thanks for the recipe.

  36. I’ve never heard before about golden milk. Sounds yummy, I’ll try it! I found your post from Pinterest! Thanks for sharing, Ali!

  37. I’ve never tried it iced, but I’m interested!
    Also Turmeric is a popular natural teeth whitener, surprisingly! Counter intuitive but it’s true, similar to activated charcoal :)

  38. Worked well! I ran out of ginger so I substituted nutmeg, and it worked beautifully and was very easy! Definitely give it a try!

  39. Absolutely love your creative idea with “golden milk”! Can I post it on my blog? Thanks for sharing!

  40. I love golden milk too and noticed you were missing the essential ingredient of fat. Turmeric needs 3 things in order for the anti-inflammatory properties to work: heat, fat and black pepper. Add 1/2 tsp of coconut oil to your recipe. ?

  41. Hits the spot on a dreary day. I love that the recipes I’ve made from gimmesomeoven uses household ingredients. I had everything I needed to make this and it is so yummy. The spiciness balanced by the sweetness. My new favorite cold weather warm me up. Thank you.

  42. I made it and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  43. I used 2 tablespoons of Monkfruit sweetener and added 1 tablespoon coconut oil (keto friendly). This recipe is delicious!

  44. I had some leftover milk to use up. The Golden Milk was delicious!

  45. I Love ?This

  46. Question: If I want to have this “iced,” do I have to heat it first? Could I combine all the ingredients and just let the mixture chill out in the fridge to “steep” overnight?