Make your own Turmeric Latte Mix in a matter of minutes! This Turmeric Latte Recipe is so easy and inexpensive you'll never buy a coffee shop golden latte again. Best of all, since the mix is made in bulk, you can make a homemade turmeric latte whenever you like - and it makes for a fabulous homemade gift, too.
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Hands up if you love a good Turmeric Latte? C'mon, where are my fellow golden milk lovers at?!
Oh heyyyyy, there you are!
I love a gently-sweetened dairy-free turmeric latte as much as the next guy. You know what I don't love? Forking over my hard earned dollars for an often mediocre golden latte at a coffee shop.
The coffee shop people don't want you to know this, but I've cracked the code for an incredible homemade Turmeric Latte recipe you can make at home. Also? I've done some super complex recipe math for you and figured out how to make this recipe in bulk, because who has time for measuring out tiny amounts of spices each time you've got a hankering for a nice mug of golden milk? Not this lady!
More good news: Turmeric Latte Mix makes a mighty fine homemade gift that will take you five minutes to pull together if you like to take your sweet time measuring and stirring stuff. (Related: 14 Awesome Edible Gifts)
What do I need to make turmeric latte mix?
We're going in with a blend of spices to fancy up the turmeric latte recipe. You're gonna need some:
- Turmeric --> I feel like that one's obvious
- Ginger --> Powdered, ground ginger please
- Cinnamon --> As one does
- Cardamom --> We're getting fancy
- Cloves --> To round things out
- Black pepper --> A little something extra
How to make this recipe:
Step 1: Combine the spices in a bowl.
Step 2: Mix thoroughly.
That's it. You're done.
Pro Tips / Recipe Notes:
- For the best flavour and health benefits, use a fresh package of turmeric and other spices. This stuff isn't expensive, so biff that ancient package at the back of your cupboard!
- How long will my turmeric latte mix last? I like to use it up within 3 months for maximum flavour and health benefits.
- Is this recipe vegan? Yes, if you make your turmeric latte with a plant-based milk.
- Can I add a sweetener to the mix? You can, but I prefer to control the sweetness of my turmeric lattes (and prefer to use a liquid sweetener), so I left it out.
How to make a turmeric latte:
When you're ready to make yourself a cozy and soothing warm golden milk drink, all you need to do is whisk some of the turmeric latte mix into the milk of your choice, heat it on the stove top until steaming, add a touch of sweetener (a smidge of honey is my jam) and there ya go. Turmeric latte done did.
I find that ½-1 teaspoon of turmeric latte mix is perfect for my own tastes - a little goes a long way.
Step 1: Scoop out a teaspoon or so (depending on how many lattes you're making) of turmeric latte mix and place into a saucepan.
Step 2: Add a splash of your milk of choice (I use oat milk here) and whisk to combine.
Step 4: Add the remaining milk, and whisk to combine.
Step 5: Gently heat your turmeric latte until the milk is steaming.
Step 6: Pour into a mug, add sweetener if desired, and enjoy!
(There are more specific instructions in the recipe card down below)
So what's the deal with turmeric anyways? Are turmeric lattes really all they're cracked up to be, or just a trendy hipster drink? Well, I dug into the science and all signs are pointing towards turmeric, even in latte form, having a myriad of health benefits.
What's the deal with turmeric anyways?
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, with tough brown skin and bright orange flesh. Curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric that is responsible for its golden colour, is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric, and has important antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties.
The anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric have been shown to be comparable to the many pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, without any noted side effects.
But it's health benefits don't end there. Curcumin has been shown to protects the liver form toxins and congestion, lowers cholesterol, reduces menstrual pain, helps with flatulence, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Some studies are being conducted on the effectiveness of curcumin in the treatment of cystic fibrosis, as well as the prevention and treatment of several different types of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colon cancer, and childhood leukaemia.
Why is there black pepper in my latte?
Black pepper adds a delicious kick to your turmeric latte, I assure you, but it's not just there for fun. Studies have shown that piperine, a compound in freshly ground black pepper, help us absorb the curcumin from turmeric up to 1000 times better!
Another something to consider when it comes time to make your turmeric latte is adding a little oil to the mix, as fat does wonders to help us absorb curcumin. If you're using full-fat cow's milk then you're in business, but if you prefer a plant-based milk such as almond you'll want to add a touch of something to get the full benefits. I use oat milk which has some canola oil already in it, but from time to time I'll add a bit of MCT oil along with my turmeric latte mix.
Whether you mix up a batch for yourself, or you make a turmeric latte mix for an easy-yet-thoughtful homemade gift, I hope you give it a go. I think you'll love it as much as I do!
Other nourishing drink recipes you might enjoy:
How to Make a Matcha Latte
Pumpkin Chai Latte
How to Make a Maca Latte
Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie
Mango Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
Turmeric Latte Mix
Turmeric Latte Mix
- 5 Tablespoons ground turmeric
- 3 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
To Make a Turmeric Latte
- 1 ½ cups milk of choice I like oat milk
- 1 teaspoon turmeric latte mix
- 1 teaspoon honey or other liquid sweetener
To Make Turmeric Latte Mix
- In a bowl combine turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and black pepper. Whisk to combine. Transfer to a glass jar with a lid.
To Make a Turmeric Latte
- Place a splash of the milk and ½ - 1 teaspoon of turmeric latte mix in a small pot. Whisk to combine.
- Add the remaining milk, whisk to combine, and heat over medium-high heat until steaming.
- Carefully pour into a mug, add sweetener of choice, and enjoy!
- Nutrition values are an estimate only and are based on the mix only, not the added milk.
This recipe was originally published December 6, 2017. It was retested, rephotographed, and updated on November 3, 2020.
Delicious! I make a huge batch, strain it through a cheesecloth draped over a colander and have enough for five days of bliss!
Five days of bliss! What a delight 🙂
How do you do this with fresh tuermeric and ginger root.? thanks
You don't... this recipe uses ground, dried spices as it's a mix you make up in bulk and have on hand for whenever you want to make a golden latte.
I generally fall with these recipes but this one was fabulous. Thanks a lot!!!
Dan from Platter Talk
I put this tumeric latte mix together last night to have read for a Sunday morning treat. I am currently in aromatic heaven! Looking forward to enjoying more of this warm hug in a mug throughout the rest of this winter season and beyond.
So happy to have found this recipe. I have been trying to find a way to get 1/4 tsp daily of tumeric. And if I did my math correctly and use 1 tsp per latte…I will achieve that nutrition goal. Thank you!
Glad you enjoyed it!
Just finished my first mug from my first batch - it was delicious. I found that regular oat milk has enough natural sweetness that I didn't want to add any other sweetener. I can't wait to share gift batches of this with friends & family. Thank you!
This sounds amazing. I am trying to be healthier, and want to start including all these ingredients into my daily life. One question, please--I never have milk at home (of any kind) can I add this to my hot tea (or coffee in a pinch, I guess)? Then maybe add in a tsp of coconut oil (or what would you suggest)? Would I still get the health benefits?
You could definitely add a pinch to your tea! Sometimes I even add a half teaspoon or so into a smoothie.
Delicious, my friends and I enjoyed it. Thank you!
I've been contemplating making my own, as I've been buying one already made up. I'm going to take the ingredients from one brand to make my own.. this recipe will help me. I'm going to add organic mesquite powder to mine as a sweetener etc.
Thank you, I will use this as a guide.
Superb and so so easy
This is perfect for a chilly afternoon. I was craving something and couldn't figure out what, and then I remembered this recipe and put together a jar of the latte mix. Exactly what I wanted.
Thanks for the update Katie. I've been meaning to make this for quite awhile but never got around to it. Saw this pop back up on the blog and made it right away. Love it! Perfect afternoon treat/pick-me-up. I hardly ever buy them at the coffee shops because they're so expensive. It is great having a delicous option to make at home. I'm going to buy some nice jars and give this mix as gifts this season. We all need this while we're hunkered-down this winter. Thanks as always for your thoughtful, funny and inspiring posts and recipes.
Can I use ground "roasted" ginger instead? That's all I have in my pantry right now. Is regular ground ginger better than roasted?
I honestly have no idea, Sofia. I've never seen roasted ginger before. I think if it's powdered ginger and still has a nice ginger flavour, it's probably fine.
HELLO! We (me and someone else) are making this right now ! HOW FUN!
Yay! Let me know how it turned out.
I have just regular black pepper it's not freshly ground. I'm on a super tight budget will I still get the health effects? And will the pepper drown out the other flavors? It sounds so strong. Otherwise the recipe sounds amazing can't wait to try and thanks for the helpful hint that I need a full fat to better absorb the turmeric!
Regular black pepper is fine! It definitely doesn't drown out the other flavours, and is just a tiny amount compared to the other spices. I hope you enjoy this recipe 🙂
Hi Katie, this looks delicious and I can't wait to try it. Do the cloves and black pepper need to ground finely or is coarse okay too?
Hey Kaz, I recommend the spices are finely ground as the mixture isn't strained before drinking.
I was sceptical at first cos I've never managed to make a good tasting turmeric latte at home but this recipe is just excellent!! I love the fact that you make the pre-mix and then, just add a teaspoon to milk as and when you need a cuppa!
Made this numerous times just the last couple months & it has become a favourite for my partner & I! I add extra cinnamon, ginger & pepper for personal preference. Thank you for sharing 🙂
Hi! Do you think I need to drink the "sludge" to get the health benefits? I find the experience much nicer after passing through a seive but don't want to miss out. Thanks!
Hmm, good question. I'd say the more turmeric you actually consume the better, but if you prefer drinking it after you strain it, then go for it!
I followed your recipe. Tasted the mix and thought it needed a touch of salt. I know, unusual! Added some chia seeds to thicken the latte. Whizzed it up in the Nutri Bullet. Gave it a taste and added some vanilla extract. A dash of cinnamon on top. Voila!
I sometimes add a pinch of salt to a glass of water with lemon. It totally hits the spot!
This is excellent! I'm obsessed. Thank you for this yummy recipe.
Just made it and it’s great! I used a higher grade raw powdered turmeric that was in my fridge. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla powder. Just made a cup and put a splash of organic eggnog in it- it’s delicious folks!
Looks interesting. If giving as a gift, how long will the mixture stay fresh?
It lasts for quite some time. The herbs eventually lose flavour and potency, but realistically you can have this stuff in your cupboard for months on end.
Do i need to get special turmeric powder for this mix?
Nope! Just regular turmeric powder.
What type of tumeric powder do i use for this mix? The tumeric from the spice isle in supermarket? or some other tumeric speicalized powder?
Just the regular turmeric powder from the supermarket is totally fine!
Great! It tastes very similar to the store- bought one that I didn't want to keep using as it has all these miscellaneous filler ingredients. This is such a great 'clean' option and tastes great!
? What about adding ground flax seed?
I mean, you *could* but I personally don't enjoy drinking a latte with flax in it. It'd definitely change the texture!
I'm super excited to try this! I've been looking for a recipe instead of the expensive premade packages. Super excited to try this out! I'm a little nervous too but excited and hopeful to like it! If anything, I'll make myself like it hahahaha thanks for doing the math for us
Good luck! Let me know how it turns out 🙂
How did it turn out, Cherie?!
Thank you for this delicious recipe. A friend made me golden milk recently which was based on a paste. This turmeric chai is Devine with the extra spices. We drink low fat milk and I don’t have coconut oil at hm so added a teaspoon of olive oil when cooking to get the oil needed for absorption.
I had a Turmeric tea at my friends house and really enjoyed it. When I looked into buying it, it ran around 65.00, for a small container. I saw your mix and decided to try it instead of buying the pre-made version. Your recipe tastes very close, I use water, heavy cream and monk fruit, so good!!! Thank you!
No need to buy expensive turmeric latte mix when it's so easy to make your own! Glad you enjoyed this one - I've never tried monk fruit before, I must look into it.
I’ve been looking for a way to cut down on caffeine AND stop spending silly money on shop bought lattes and this totally hits the spot.
Wow! I didn't know making a turmeric latte mix was so easy. Thanks HNL for this easy to make simple recipe.
It's not a tumor!!! It's a Turmeric Latte! Such a tasty treat! I just love it! If I never had another pumpkin spice latte in my life I'd be ok because of this wonderful concoction!
Perfect for these rainy Vancouver days!
This is amazing!
Sustainable Cooks - Sarah
What a delicious combination and no one needs to know that it is healthy to boot!
I'm a big latte fan and this recipe has some of my favourite spices. A little touch of cane sugar for me.
I'm a real latte fan and these are all the spices that I love. A little touch of cane sugar for my sweet tooth. Thanks Katie.
Love tumeric lattes, especially as the temperature drops. Sweet and satisfying!!
Love this so much! My go-to afternoon pick-me-up.
This is all sorts of good!
Thank you from Vancouver!
You're so welcome!
This would indeed make a great gift, Nutrition Lady. What do you think of using an organic coconut milk powder so that you just have to add hot water?
I did see some recipes out there that include coconut milk and I think it's a good idea. It's not something I have around (or know that I can easily find round these parts) plus I'm really having a moment with oat milk these days, so that's what I'm sticking to for now.
This is such a fabulous idea, and the end result looks so creamy! I'll be making some up for myself to take to work I recon! Never mind presents... 😉 x
I think the oat milk does wonders for the creamy texture. It's definitely my go-to plant-based milk these days.
I cheated and added turmeric to my Chai Latte mix (which is from Salt Spring Island and almost identical to your recipe) and my Stockholm tea, and thought it was very good. I seem to remember that turmeric was known for it’s health benefits a long time ago. Thanks, Katie. Not being a coffee house person, I would never have tried this on my own
Clever cheat! If the spices are essentially the same, why not take the shortcut?!
Casey the College Celiac
Love how simple this is! Definitely perfect for cold winter days...
Simple and delicious! A perfect afternoon warm-me-up for sure!