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This Golden Chai Tea Latte also known as a golden milk or a turmeric latte is made with only a handful of ingredients and adds the perfect warmth + coziness to any day, especially during the Holidays. Literally whipped together in a few short minutes, this homemade latte comes bursting with chai spices + turmeric flavors that work so well together. A great caffeine alternative to coffee and works as a pick-me-up. Completely Dairy-free, Vegan, + Gluten-free.
If you've been following Orchids + Sweet Tea for a while ---Then you know I'm all about homemade lattes, especially with almond or oat milk! Well, my latest love? Chai lattes And guess what? I tossed in some turmeric for the health perks, and whoa—game changer alert! Plus, can we talk about that beautiful golden color? It's a win-win, my friends.
Usually, Chai Tea latte doesn't include turmeric (at all), however, I love adding turmeric to certain recipes because of its nutritional value. Believe me, adding turmeric to this drink doesn't change a thing in terms of compromising it's taste. It's still REALLY GOOD. If chai is your jam, you've got to give my Vegan Chai Latte Cinnamon Rolls and Vegan Chai Ginger Bread a whirl. Trust me--- It's the perfect way to keep the chai love flowing!
This golden milk is a breeze to whip up—your go-to alternative to coffee with a tonne of health benefits. Minimal prep, maximum goodness. It's officially my daily ritual, and I'm hooked!
A "Golden chai latte" is a warm and comforting beverage sometimes called "golden milk" or a "turmeric latte." This cozy sip is made by combining milk (any milk works, I love using oat milk) with turmeric and other spices such as ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper. The name "golden" comes from the rich, golden-yellow color of the drink, thanks to the turmeric!
Turmeric has a compound called curcumin, which is a powerful source of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. However, the best way that our bodies can absorb all of these benefits is when we consume turmeric with black pepper. The compound in black pepper piperine is what helps us absorb curcumin, You can’t taste the pepper much in this turmeric latte, but you get all of the health benefits.
Okay, so making a turmeric latte is as simple as this--- In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring your milk of choice to a gentle boil for 1-2 minutes. Reduce the heat, add the tea bags, and let it simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat, let the tea bags steep for an additional 2-3 minutes, and then whisk in the chai spice blend, turmeric, vanilla, and maple syrup. Serve the turmeric-chai mixture in mugs, and top with your favorite toppings (see ideas below).
One of the essential elements of this chai latte is the actual chai spice blend. It is very simple to make, plus, you can make a larger batch and save some for baking!
To make homemade Chai Spice, combine these spices:
Here, I’ve curated a list of drinkware and mocktail essentials that I use to achieve my favorite drinking experiences, especially with this Golden Chai Latte. Everything from my fave glassware, cocktail shakers, ice cube trays, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
In case you weren't aware, in order to get the full benefit from turmeric, you have to add a tiny bit of black pepper. The main ingredient in turmeric—curcumin is where all the incredible benefits lie. It has powerful inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. OK, so where does black pepper come in? Whelp, black pepper’s main ingredient–piperine actually helps the body to absorb curcumin (by large increases) which gives us the full effect of health benefits at work.
Adding more turmeric into your diet is much simpler than you think, especially since there are various recipes that I’ve shared that incorporate this ingredient. In general, you can easily add turmeric to:
My go-to plant-based brand for this golden milk tea is Oat milk or plant-based milk when using store-bought is Ripple or Oatly. However, you can always use your fave or one of the following: Almond, coconut milk, homemade oat milk (froths/foams VERY WELL), homemade cashew milk, flax milk, potato milk, quinoa milk, etc.
If you're craving a super frothy Turmeric Latte, the go-to is, of course, a frother. However, I get it, not everyone has one. So, here are a few tricks to whip up froth without the need for a frother:
Shake It up---Pour your hot milk into a lidded container and give it a good shake. This DIY method creates surprisingly decent froth.
Whisk it----Grab a whisk and vigorously whisk your hot milk until it starts to froth. It's a classic, effective move.
Pour it---Pour your hot milk back and forth between two containers. This simple trick can generate froth!
Press + plunge---If you have a French press, plunge it up and down in the hot milk. This method works wonders for creating froth.
Blend it: If you're feeling adventurous, use a blender on low speed. Just be cautious with hot liquids and start slow.
Remember, safety first, especially with hot liquids. Enjoy that frothy goodness!
Enjoy this golden milk tea just as it is, but if you're feeling a bit extra, here are my fave toppings!
Yup. While I enjoy the slow and true cooking method of using my stovetop, you can make this Golden milk tea with your blender. Some high-tech blenders like the Vitamix have a heating mode which allows you to blend and warm at the same time, which is one way to do it. Of course, if you’re like me, then using your stovetop is just as easy.
Absolutely! The Golden Chai Latte is versatile. Enjoy it hot for a comforting sip during chilly days or iced for a refreshing twist in warmer weather. Simply let it cool, add ice cubes, and voilà!
Yes, it's normal for turmeric to settle over time in this Golden milk tea! Simply give your latte a good stir or shake before reheating to evenly distribute the spices.
Absolutely! If you're craving an extra kick, pull a shot of espresso and add it to your golden chai latte. It's a game-changer for those needing an extra dose of energy.
Absolutely! If you're aiming for a caffeine-free version of your Golden milk tea, feel free to skip the teabag step.
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