This simple golden milk latte recipe is made with cozy warming spices, your choice of milk, and can be served either hot or iced.
Whether you’re craving a cozy mug of warm golden milk on a chilly day, or looking to cool off with a refreshing glass of iced golden milk, my favorite golden milk recipe always hits the spot. ♡
It’s quick and easy to make with a simple blend of warming spices that you likely already have in your pantry, including nutrient-dense turmeric, which gives the drink is famously bright and beautiful golden color. And when making homemade golden milk, you of course have the option to completely customize the spice blend, type of milk, and amount of sweetener to your liking. If you enjoy golden milk on the regular like we do in our home, I’ve also included instructions below for how to pre-mix a large batch of golden milk powder (basically all of the spices, salt and pepper) ahead of time, so that you can just add a quick spoonful to steamed milk whenever the craving hits. And while we normally only keep ground turmeric stocked in our kitchen, I’ve included an option as well for how to make golden milk with fresh turmeric if you happen to have some on hand.
I’ve been in the habit this winter of making myself a warm mug of golden milk each evening after dinner, and have to say that I find myself looking forward to that soothing, delicious blend of warming spices so much. It’s just such a delicious drink, in addition to its impressive list of healing benefits (see below), and never fails to deliver on those comforting hygge vibes.
So whether you’re craving hot golden milk or a chilled glass of iced golden milk, I hope you’ll bookmark the recipe below to give it a try!
Golden Milk Ingredients
Before we get to the full recipe below, here are a few notes about the golden milk ingredients that you will need:
Milk: I typically use plain oat milk (or a 50/50 blend of oat milk and water) to make a golden milk latte, but any variety of dairy milk or plant-based plain milk will do.
Sweetener: You’re welcome to add in a drizzle of maple syrup, honey, sugar or your preferred sweetener to sweeten this drink.
Warming spices: I love using a simple mix of ground turmeric, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, black pepper (essential to help the body better absorb the nutrients in turmeric) and fine sea salt for my golden milk powder base. But of course, please feel free to customize your own blend and add in any other warming spices that you love too, such as cardamom, nutmeg, allspice or cloves.
Vanilla extract: A splash of vanilla is optional but really brings out the best of these warming spices.
How To Make Golden Milk
Detailed directions for how to make golden milk (hot or iced) are included in the full golden milk recipe instructions below. But here is a quick summary:
Dissolve the spices. Whether you’re making hot or iced golden milk, it’s essential to first dissolve the spices and salt in hot milk. So heat the milk — the full amount of milk for the hot version, or a small amount of milk for the iced version — until it nearly reaches a simmer. (You do not want the milk to boil.) Then stir in the spices, salt, vanilla extract, and any additional sweetener until dissolved.
Add cold milk (only if serving iced). At this point, pour the hot golden milk base over a full glass of ice and stir with cold milk until combined if you are making iced golden milk.
Taste. Give the hot or iced golden milk a taste and see if you need to stir in any additional sweetener.
Serve. Then serve and enjoy! The spices in golden milk can have a tendency to sink to the bottom after a little while, so I recommend regularly giving your drink a stir to mix it up.
Golden Milk Recipe Variations
Here are a few golden milk latte recipe variations that you’re welcome to try:
Add oil or ghee: Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of oil (such as coconut oil) or ghee to this drink, which may help the body to better absorb the nutrients in turmeric.
Add tea: Steep your favorite tea (such as black tea, rooibos, etc) in the milk along with the golden milk powder.
Add a kick: Add in a pinch of cayenne or amp up the black pepper to give this drink more of a spicy kick.
Use fresh turmeric: Use approximately 2 inches of sliced fresh turmeric root in place of the ground turmeric. Steep the sliced turmeric in the steamed milk mixture for 5 minutes, then strain out and discard the turmeric root.
Use only water: While omitting milk will definitely made the drink less creamy, golden milk is still delicious when made with water instead of milk.
Golden Milk Benefits
Looking for even more reasons to love this cozy drink? Here are a few of the potential health benefits of golden milk to consider (source):
It’s loaded with antioxidants. Turmeric, especially, contains strong antioxidants that can help lower the risk for infections and disease.
May help reduce inflammation and joint pain. Ginger, cinnamon and turmeric have potent anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce joint pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
May improve memory and brain function, mood, and protect against heart disease. Turmeric may increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which promotes the growth of brain cells and reduce symptoms of depression.
May lower blood sugar levels. Ginger and cinnamon, specifically, may help to reduce blood sugar levels.
May aid in digestion. Ginger and turmeric have calming properties that can help with indigestion.
Golden Milk FAQ
What is golden milk? Also commonly known as turmeric milk or a turmeric latte, golden milk is a drink typically made with turmeric, various other warming spices, and your choice of milk. It can be served hot or iced, made with dairy- or non-dairy milk, and tastes so cozy and delicious.
Where is golden milk from? Golden milk is a centuries-old traditional Ayurvedic drink that originated in India, known in Hindi as haldi doodh. Here is a great article that details more of the important history and cultural origins of this drink that is now so beloved around the world.
Is golden milk good for you? Golden milk is widely praised for its many nutritional benefits, in addition to its delicious flavor. See note above for more details and resources to learn about the potential benefits of golden milk.
Is golden milk vegan? Yes, this golden milk recipe is naturally vegan when made with plant-based milk. It is also naturally gluten-free.
Will golden milk help you sleep? I love enjoying a calming mug of golden milk just before bedtime, especially since the soothing spices included, specifically turmeric, are believed to promote healthy sleep. If you are sensitive to sugar, however, I recommend omitting any sweetener just before bed.
Will golden milk stain my teeth? Frequent consumption of turmeric can stain teeth, so it’s good practice to always brush your teeth after drinking golden milk.
Why do you need to use black pepper in golden milk? Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is unfortunately not easily absorbed by the body on its own. But piperine, the bioactive compound in black pepper, can aid with its absorption. This is why most recipes that include turmeric also call for black pepper. (source)
Can I make a large batch of golden milk powder? Definitely! We love keeping a batch of pre-mixed golden milk powder (shown in the photo above) in our pantry. It will last for up to a year if made with fresh spices and stored in a sealed container. Simply mix together the following (enough for roughly 12 batches), then add 1 scant tablespoon per 2 cups of milk along with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract as directed in the recipe below.
1/3 cup ground turmeric
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
More Favorite Latte Recipes
Looking for more homemade latte recipes to try? Here are a few of our faves:
Steam the milk. Steam the milk until warm and frothy using a frother. Or heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until nearly simmering, and whisk briefly until frothy.
Mix until combined. Add sweetener (if using), vanilla extract, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and salt to a heatproof mug. Pour the steamed milk (minus the foam) into the mug and stir until combined. Add the foam on top and give it a brief stir.
Add extra sweetener if needed. Give the latte a taste and add extra sweetener, if needed.
Serve warm. Serve immediately and enjoy!
To Make An Iced Latte:
Dissolve the spices. Heat 1/2 cup of the milk (or alternately you can just use hot water) until nearly simmering. In a heatproof glass or measuring cup, whisk together the hot milk, sweetener, vanilla extract (optional), turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and salt until combined.
Mix until combined. Fill a large glass with ice. Pour in the warm milk mixture. Then pour in the remaining cold milk, and stir briefly with a straw until combined.
Add extra sweetener if needed. Give the iced latte a taste and add extra sweetener, if needed.
Serve cold. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Large-batch dry golden milk mix: To make a large batch (12 servings) of the dry golden milk mix, combine 1/3 cup ground turmeric, 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons ground ginger, 3/4 teaspoon black pepper and 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt in a jar. Stir or cover and shake until combined, and store in a sealed container for up to 1 year. To use the dry golden milk mix, add 1 scant tablespoon to the recipe above with milk and vanilla extract as directed.
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.
Yeah! We hope you love it as much as we do! :D
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!
Awesome, would love to hear if you end up liking it!
Yes, it’s surprisingly yummy — we hope you enjoy! :)
Never heard of this until today, but definitely going to have to give it a try next time I head to the grocery store!
Awesome!! Hope that you love it!
It’s soooo good! Definitely let us know what you think! :)
Love golden milk and never tried it on ice. Now I know what I’m drinking this summer! :)
Great idea, great pictures, pinning ♥
Thank you!! And yeah, I think I may even like the iced version better than the hot! :) Enjoy!!
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)! :)
That sounds so healthy! I’ll have to give it a try!
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!
I’m so intrigued!
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!
That’s awesome Claire! We’re so happy you like it!
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:)
Thanks Samantha — we hope you enjoy it! :)
Thank you I didn’t think to try it warm or as a spiced drink.
I was used to the coked paste though.
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.
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 :)
Thanks Mia — we’re happy you love it as much as we do! :)
Awesome recipe, it is perfect for my daily meal. Thanks for sharing :)
Thanks Melanie — we hope you enjoy it!
I haven’t heard of golden milk before, but you got me – I’m going to give it a try.
It’s sooooo good Adam, we hope you love it! :)
I haven’t heard of golden milk before. However, I would like to try it.
You’ve included all of my favorite ingredients for something DELICIOUS! :))
Awesome! We hope you enjoy it! :)
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!
That’s awesome Amisha — we’re so thrilled you loved it! :D
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 !
We hope you enjoy this Daniela!
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!
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!
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! https://www.mommypotamus.com/whiten-teeth-naturally-turmeric/
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!
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?
Hi Cheryl! Yes, you can use any kind of milk you like for this.
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!
What happens if you accidentally bring it to boil?
You might burn/overcook the milk. We hope you enjoy!
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!!
We’re so glad to hear you’re a fan! :)
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.
Thanks, Jen — we hope you enjoy!
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!
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!
Yeah, it’s a super spice! :)
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.
Oooh interesting, we might have to give the chocolate milk a try! :)
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!
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! :)
This is so good and soothing! I could get used to this before bed!
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)!
It also stains cats. Haha! Thanks for the recipe.
I’ve never heard before about golden milk. Sounds yummy, I’ll try it! I found your post from Pinterest! Thanks for sharing, Ali!
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 :)
Worked well! I ran out of ginger so I substituted nutmeg, and it worked beautifully and was very easy! Definitely give it a try!
Absolutely love your creative idea with “golden milk”! Can I post it on my blog? Thanks for sharing!
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. ?
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.
I made it and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!
I used 2 tablespoons of Monkfruit sweetener and added 1 tablespoon coconut oil (keto friendly). This recipe is delicious!
I had some leftover milk to use up. The Golden Milk was delicious!
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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?
Thank you for the recipe!
I just made this for the first time. I really enjoyed the flavor but a lot of the spices didn’t dissolve and were at the bottom of the mug when I was done. Is there a way to get them to dissolve better? I’m really losing a lot of the health benefits leaving so much of it at the bottom.
That can tend to be an issue with these spice-heavy lattes. I keep a spoon in mine to give it a stir often to mix things up. :) Hope that helps!
Please tell me if this would be a good drink before bedtime to make your sleep restful?
Many people love drinking golden milk before bed, myself included. Some of its ingredients (especially turmeric) are believed to promote healthy sleep. :)
I order this all the time at coffee shops but had never tried making it at home until now. So much easier than I expected and way cheaper-thank you!