So, I'm going to be entirely forthcoming, and inform all of you that this delectable-as-it-is-beneficial cocktail is not my creation. Of course I put my own little twist on it, but I have to give credit where it's due-- which is half way around the world, about 4,000 years ago, from a little plant called curcumin or turmeric.
If you haven't heard about the benefits of turmeric, that's ok, I'm here to fill you in. Turmeric is an orange root perennial, that is a derivative of ginger. The benefits of this healing plant are virtually endless. In India, it's formally known as the "spice of life," and with much good reason. Primarily it is known for it's unparalleled anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is an epidemic that plagues many of us, with conditions that vary from arthritis to IBS to eczema. Turmeric alleviates many of these issues, in conjunction with lowering blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, supporting heart health, suppressing tumor formation, supporting eye health, preventing liver damage, preventing type II diabetes, is anti-microbial, and possesses, anti-cancer AND anti-HIV properties. All those benefits, plus unequivocal tastiness? SIGN ME UP!!!!!
The added benefit of combined cinnamon and honey, plus ginger, substantially ups the ante on this beverage. It's a super healing, immune boosting, nutritiously dense beverage. Many people consume golden milk before bed time to soothe them. I like to add energizing maca to my recipe and therefore consume it in the morning in lieu of a cup of coffee. Of course anything I suggest could be omitted to your preference!
cook time: 5-10 minutes (depending on fresh vs dried herbs)
1 1/2 cups of nondairy milk of choice
1 thumb of ginger, zested (or 1 teaspoon ginger powder)
1 thumb of turmeric, zested (or 1 teaspoon turmeric powder)
1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of black pepper
1-2 teaspoons raw honey (or maple syrup)
If using fresh ginger and/or turmeric, simmer them in the nondairy milk for 8-10 minutes on medium-low heat. Remove from heat and add maca, cinnamon, cardamom/cayenne, and honey. If using dried herbs, simmer the milk for 2-3 minutes and subsequently add all other ingredients, after being removed from heat. Never add honey to piping hot foods, it will kill all the nutritional benefits.