Warming Golden Milk

I recently had my taste of Golden Milk at the local co-op, where I work. It was warm, smooth, and sweet. Immediately I was addicted. They had used almond milk and this magic golden dust that sat in a jar on the sample table. The label on the jar listed various spices including black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and so on. Sadly, I couldn't find the jar for purchase and I left with the taste of it haunting me. I thought, surely my kitchen was well-equipped with the appropriate spices for me to concoct my own! Thankfully, I was not wrong and the turn out was quite surprising. It tasted very close to the sunshiny sips I experienced at the co-op.

"Golden Milk," or turmeric tea is a drink made from a milky base and a mixture of various South Asian spices--specifically turmeric, among others. It's warm golden color comes from turmeric, the electric yellow spice that flavors a lot of curries. Turmeric root is a cousin of ginger. There are claims that turmeric is very beneficial for immunity boost and the alleviation of inflammation of the digestive system. These claims have not been substantiated by scientific data, BUT there is no doubt that sipping on this yellow, latte-like beverage will leave you feeling cozy and calm--perfect for these chilly nights!

2 cups of milk (your choice! -almond, soy, dairy, etc.)
1-1 1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of ginger powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
raw honey, to taste
pinch of black pepper, optional

Most recipes call for blending all the spices together to form a fine powder. I considered this optional. Begin warming the milk and honey in a saucepan on medium heat until the honey dissolves. Next, add all of the spices and stir frequently. The milk will soon turn golden. Occasionally, taste it for sweetness and adjust it to your preference. I added a little extra cayenne pepper for a kick after every sip. ;) Serve immediately.