the taste of golden milk

By Mackenzie Reed
APORTA Shop ambassador, writer, maker


There is absolutely nothing better than curling up on the couch at the end of a long winter day, your favorite mug in hand, as you sip something warm that nourishes your body and your soul. Enter your new favorite cold weather beverage: Golden Milk. Golden Milk is originally from India and has been consumed for thousands of years to heal a variety of ailments from coughs and sore throats, to restlessness and insomnia. 

This drink gets its name from the infused turmeric that gives the milk a rich, golden hue. Turmeric is a spice that has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and as a medicinal herb. Turmeric is full of antioxidants that can help your body fight off disease. Cinnamon and ginger are often included in Golden Milk to create a richer flavor profile and offer further goodness for your body. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties that make this drink perfect for those of us who experience joint pain throughout the day, while ginger is known for its ability to help fight indigestion. 

One of my favorite activities is stopping by a coffee shop after a long day of work, ordering a hot drink, and just watching the life around me. With coffee shops and cafes closed around the country, I’ve been trying to recreate these moments of joy and reflection at home. Stepping out of my usual routine and creating these small pockets of comfort for myself has been incredibly important throughout the past few months. So, pull out your favorite mug and make some Golden Milk with me today!

Ingredients: 1 cup milk; I use oat milk because I don’t do dairy, but any kind of milk will work with this recipe 1-2 teaspoons honey, depending on your preferred sweetness ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground turmeric ½ teaspoon ground ginger

Directions: Add all ingredients to a sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk together and heat until desired temperature. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

I like my Golden Milk a little spicier, so I tend to add more ginger to mine or use freshly grated ginger, depending on what I have available! To make your Golden Milk a little heftier, you can add a teaspoon or two of peanut butter and whisk it in until dissolved.