Turmeric lattes or ‘golden milk’ lattes have become popular drinks, known for their bright yellow hues and claimed health benefits. Widely seen within cafes and coffee shops across the globe, the warm and comforting flavour of a turmeric latte has become a firm favourite for many. But how do you make this golden concoction? Read on as we dive into how to make a turmeric latte, its key ingredients and its many health benefits. 

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is the star ingredient of a turmeric latte, so let’s explore what it really is. Turmeric is a golden spice, derived from the root of the Curcuma Longa plant, that has been used for nearly 4000 years in traditional medicine and is frequently used in many cuisines and dishes. 

Turmeric in its pure form looks similar to ginger, a root-like stem which produces the yellow turmeric spice. First thought to emanate from India and then China, it is now widely grown in the tropics, with India still being the largest producer of this golden spice. 

Nowadays, turmeric has gained popularity within health, nutrient and wellness communities due to the natural bioactive compound present in turmeric called curcumin. Curcumin is thought to hold a multitude of health benefits and is responsible for its vibrant yellow colour. 

What is a Turmeric Latte?

Unlike popular belief with the use of ‘latte’ in its name, a turmeric latte does not contain coffee. Instead, it is a milky beverage that offers a comforting, warming flavour with just a few simple ingredients like turmeric (either ground or freshly grated), black pepper, cinnamon and usually some sort of sweetener, as well of course, milk. 

The milk makes the creamy texture of a turmeric latte and can be either dairy milk or a non-dairy alternative meaning turmeric lattes are perfect for suiting a variety of dietary needs. The use of black pepper within a turmeric latte may seem unusual, but actually helps the body better absorb the active compound, curcumin, found in the turmeric. Cinnamon is also included to help soften the taste of the black pepper and create a delicious drink that will warm the soul.  

Turmeric Latte Recipe 

Here’s how to make the perfect turmeric latte:

  1. If you’re using a ready-made turmeric latte blend, add 2 tsp of it to a cup. (If you’re creating yours from scratch, add 1 tsp of ground turmeric, ½ tsp of ground cinnamon and a pinch of black pepper together with your choice of sweetener.)
  2. Add a little hot water into the cup and mix together, making sure there are no lumps. 
  3. Heat up your milk of choice either in a saucepan or with a milk frother and add to your turmeric blend. 
  4. If you’re adding any additional sweetener, such as honey, now is the time to add it to your turmeric latte.
  5. There you have it! Sit back and enjoy your warming golden milk latte. 

If you’re after something a little more refreshing, perhaps for the summer months, why not try a turmeric frappé? Just add a cold glass of milk and your turmeric spice blend into a blender, blitz it for a few seconds, and then pour over crushed ice. 

What Does a Turmeric Latte Taste Like? 

A turmeric latte is a creamy, earthy and slightly spicy yet sweet drink that will warm your soul. If you’re familiar with eating turmeric in your food, you’ll be used to its distinctive taste. Many people enjoy having a turmeric latte at the end of the day to soothe their mind and body. 

Do Tumeric Lattes Have Health Benefits? 

Turmeric and turmeric lattes have long been thought to hold many health benefits, especially in terms of providing anti-inflammatory properties. The interesting thing about turmeric lattes is that the use of black pepper ‘activates’ the turmeric, making it 2000% more bioavailable to the body. Without this little pinch of black pepper, most of the benefits of turmeric are lost!

Antioxidant & Anti-Inflammatory 

The curcumin found in turmeric is the star of the show when it comes to these health benefits, an active ingredient shown to have powerful antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects

The cinnamon present in a turmeric latte also contains beta-carotene, which can be converted into Vitamin A in the body. Its active ingredient, cinnamaldehyde, has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. 

Brain Health

Other evidence shows that curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and therefore may help protect against cognitive decline, depression and mood disorders in some people.

Aids Sleep

Turmeric lattes can also aid restful sleep when consumed before bed, due to turmeric being considered to have calming properties due to its ability to reduce inflammation and soothe the nervous system. 

Make a Turmeric Latte at Home 

Crafting a turmeric latte at home is a simple and rewarding experience that allows you to savour the benefits of this golden elixir while indulging in its spicy, comforting flavours. Whether you’re seeking a cosy drink to unwind with or a nourishing treat to support your wellbeing, a homemade turmeric latte is sure to delight your senses and nourish your body.

At Sweet Revolution, we make it easy to embrace the golden goodness of turmeric lattes with our easy-to-use wellness blends. Our Instant Turmeric Latte with Black Pepper Blend is perfect for when you’re on the go, as all you need to add is hot water! Alternatively, our Barista Turmeric Latte with Black Pepper is perfect to create a cafe-style latte at home. All our blends are organic, plant-based and nut, gluten, and soya-free. Try our blends and add some guaranteed sunshine to your day!