A new snowfall inspired me to make ginger spice golden milk this afternoon. Usually this is something I’ll drink at night, but here is nothing cozier than being by the fire with a warm cup of something good! Hot milk, ginger juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and of course, turmeric; all stewed together with a drop of honey. To me, this is absolute comfort to sip on.
It all started when I was a kid, and my mom would make me warm milk and honey at night when I had trouble sleeping. Now, I knew I had recently heard somewhere that there is something to this age old wisdom – that there is in fact tryptophan in milk. Whether it was a legitimate source, I could not remember. So I had to do a little digging and came across this article here in the NY Times. So yes, there is tryptophan…but it doesn’t really cross the blood-brain barrier to make it effective. Unless, you are eating foods high in carbohydrates that stimulate the release of insulin. So, maybe the honey would have this effect to at least some extent? No doubt there’s at least something to be said for the drink acting as a soothing ritual.
Somewhere along the way in my warm milk & honey ritual, I added a little cinnamon. Then, upon my discovery of cardamom, I started adding it to EVERYTHING…then golden milk became a thing! While you actually need to consume a huge amount of turmeric for there to be any anti-inflammatory effect, its beautiful yellow colour no doubt adds to the experience! Along with turmeric came ginger juice, and why the heck not add nutmeg, too.
Ginger juice is easy to extract and you do not need a juicer. What I do, is finely grate the ginger over a paper towel, then squeeze the juice through. Don’t worry about peeling the ginger! It won’t make any difference, so you may as well be easy on yourself, and skip that step. It’s a good idea to add the spices right away before the milk heats, so that they can infuse in the milk. It’s an even better idea to get your face down close to the milk as it starts to simmer, feel the warmth, and breath in those glorious aromas! I like to add the honey right at the end to help preserve the raw properties as much as possible.Print
Perfect pre-bedtime soothing ritual, or a little something to keep you cozy, happy, and warm.
750 ml milk (or mylk) of choice
2 teaspoons ginger juice (see note)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
2 teaspoons honey
Heat milk, ginger juice, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom in a small pot over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally. Once the milk reaches a simmer (about 5 minutes), remove from heat and whisk in honey. Pour into a mug, and enjoy while warm.
To make ginger juice, finely grate ginger over a paper towel, and squeeze through.
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