This Turmeric Latte with Coffee is delicately fragrant, and slightly spicy with a coffee kick to get you going!Turmeric Latte with Coffee - delicately spiced and comforting but with a little caffeine kick!

‘What the heck is this turmeric latte or golden milk all about? Sounds a bit weird!’

That’s what I was thinking about when I first started seeing the hype.

Supposedly the next big cult drink of 2016 due to the anti-inflamatory and anti-oxidant properties of the turmeric. I wasn’t convinced.

Would it be like drinking watered-down curry?
Would it wake me up in the morning like my favourite first cup of coffee – despite the lack of caffeine?

I was going to forget about it – thinking I’d maybe try it if Starbucks put it on their specials menu, but then I kept thinking about a delicious rice-pudding-style dessert called Kheer that one of my Indian colleagues had brought into work once (when I worked in an office job). It was a creamy dessert made with rice, milk and pistachios, but it was also flavoured with cardamon – something I’d only ever associated with savoury dishes. If cardamon could taste so delicious in a sweet dish, then why not turmeric?

Turmeric Latte with Coffee - delicately spiced and comforting but with a little caffeine kick!

So I did a little experimentation….

It tried making it with almond milk and also with regular milk. With and without sugar and also with and without a sneaky spoon of coffee.

And you know what?

It’s flippin tasty!

My favourite version was made with almond milk, a little coconut sugar and coffee. I only used 3/4 tsp of really good quality instant coffee per cup, so you couldn’t taste it too much, but I felt it made it more like a morning drink to get you moving – rather than a warm and comforting drink that makes you want to curl up on the sofa.
The flavour is earthy and warming with a slight hint of heat coming from the turmeric and ginger.

Turmeric Latte with Coffee - delicately spiced and comforting but with a little caffeine kick!

I’ve only recently started using coconut sugar. Have you tried it?

It’s a brown sugar – a little less sweet than regular sugar, and it’s got this deep caramel-ish scent to it. I haven’t tried it in baking yet, but I’m looking forward to using it in some cookies and cakes – like this Carrot and Orange Traybake. It’s supposed to be much better than regular sugar (less processed, more nutrients, lower GI etc). I thought the flavour would work well in the latte without making it sickly sweet. I don’t usually have sugar at all in coffee, so was really looking for something with just a hint of sweetness to balance out the spices.

The latte needs to be made in a pan and whisked to get a foamy topping (some people blend it, but I’m not keen on putting hot liquids in my blender – I’m too accident prone).

If you do add coffee, it will look more of a brownish yellow rather than the well-known golden colour, but it will turn more yellow as the milk is heated through.

I’ll definitely make it again. It’s not an every day coffee (a bit too much effort first thing in the morning), but I could easily see myself enjoying one with a piece of fruit toast at the weekend.

Be warned though – try not to spill. You will have a yellow-splodged countertop and t-shirt that requires a fair bit of scrubbing to get out.

Told you I was accident prone.

The Turmeric Latte with Coffee Recipe:

4.84 from 6 votes

Turmeric Latte with Coffee

Turmeric Latte with Coffee - delicately spiced and comforting but with a little caffeine kick!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, British


  • 480 ml (2 cups) almond milk
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • tsp ground ginger
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 ½ tsp good-quality instant coffee I use Nescafe Azera
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar optional - or replace with honey/regular sugar
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  • Place all of the ingredients into a small saucepan. Heat on a medium-high heat whilst whisking with a balloon whisk. This will ensure you get a nice thick froth.
    480 ml (2 cups) almond milk, 1 tsp ground turmeric, 1/3 tsp ground ginger, 1/3 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla bean paste, 1 1/2 tsp good-quality instant coffee, 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • Heat until the drink is very hot, but not boiling (don't let it boil).
  • Pour into two cups and serve. Sprinkle with an extra pinch of turmeric if you like.


Nutritional Information is per cup, using coconut sugar to sweeten.


Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Turmeric Latte with Coffee - delicately spiced and comforting but with a little caffeine kick!

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  1. Jim Tarrant says:

    4 stars
    Nice. I make high quality percolator coffee for morning wake-up so having this version for cup #2 sounds promising. BY the way,, using cardamom in flavoring regular black tea is quite common in India and Ethiopia.

  2. Nish says:

    5 stars
    OMG so good!

  3. Michelle says:

    5 stars
    Wonderful way to wind down and get ready for bed- I made it with decaf coffee!

    1. Sharon says:

      To get the benefit of the turmeric, back pepper should be added.

  4. Jean says:

    5 stars
    I was just introduced to golden milk through my kundalini yoga instructor. GNC has a mix. So this morning I tried your idea with my coconut milk, golden milk mix, and brewed coffee because I don’t have instant. I am enjoying it thoroughly.

  5. Polina says:

    5 stars
    Hi, first off really great recipe. I wanted to add that you need a pinch of black pepper as well. It activates curcuma (the healthy part of the turmeric powder) and allows for the absorption of curcuma. Then you can really reap the rewards. I would read on it for more background info. I just remember this was something I read and never separated the two since. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. SC says:

    5 stars
    What an amazing way to enjoy turmeric, a fab morning coffee.

  7. Anju says:

    Hey so I was wondering if I could sub something for the cinnamon, I’m allergic to it but would love to get the full flavour of this drink. Would cardamom or nutmeg work? which would be better? Also try to go keto diet, so would stevia work well with the other flavours and give right amount of sweetness???

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Hi Anju, I’d go with a pinch of nutmeg or allspice as a replacement for the cinnamon. I think the stevia would work fine too. Hope you enjoy 🙂

  8. Lisa says:

    I’ve been slipping turmeric into my Chai mix and slipping Chai mix into my buttered coffee for those days when I need to mainline caffeine and fend off arthritic ankles (never break a joint!). I won’t say it’s a perfect combination, but it makes my tongue happy for a few hours.