Golden milk

Golden milk

10 min
Enjoy a spiced milk drink with a vivid golden colour. Homemade golden milk is made with turmeric, cardamom, and honey, and gets its distinctive, yellow colour, as well as taste, from the turmeric powder. Our easy golden milk recipe is simple to follow, requires few ingredients, and in just 10 minutes, you can be enjoying its spiced and warm flavour. Turmeric milk may be enjoyed as it is, either hot, cold, or iced.


  • Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and heat while stirring.
  • Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

If you have only solid honey in your pantry or the liquid honey you own has begun to crystalise, there is no need to worry, you can still use our easy golden milk recipe. Be aware that liquifying an entire jar of crystalised honey repeatedly will diminish its flavour and characteristic aroma. Also remember that crystalised honey is not spoiled in any way so do not throw it out until you have at least tried our tip on how to liquify it.


Simply, put the amount of honey you want to use in a glass jar and place it in a bowl. Make a water bath by pouring in enough water to ensure all the honey is below the water line. Use water between 35-45°C. Stir occasionally and add more hot water when needed until the honey has de-crystallised and liquified. Microwaving raw honey to de-crystallise and liquify it is not recommendable as you may end up cooking it instead, changing its flavour before you have a chance to use it to sweeten the turmeric golden milk.

Questions about golden milk

With our recipe for golden milk, it is quick and easy to make a warming, spiced drink that may be enjoyed both hot and cold. Red our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about turmeric golden milk, among other things, how long it keeps and how to reheat it so you can enjoy it anytime you want.

What is golden milk?
Golden turmeric milk is, as the name would suggest, a milk-based drink with turmeric of Indian origin. It gets its signature golden colour from mixing the yellow turmeric powder with fresh white milk. The drink can be enjoyed hot, cold, or iced and it has a spicy flavour with citrussy undertones that really warms you up no matter the temperature.
How to make golden milk?
Our simple golden milk recipe is incredibly easy to follow and requires very few ingredients – just your choice of milk, turmeric powder, cardamom powder, as well as raw honey. Simply combine all ingredients in a saucepan while stirring the mixture. When it is warm, pour it into two glasses and enjoy it hot or save it for later.
What does golden milk taste like?
Golden milk tastes like turmeric and cardamom, meaning its spiciness is earthy and slightly bitter and contains hints of citrus. The honey serves to sweeten the drink and balance the spices. Because it is a milk-based drink it has a rich, velvety texture and a round, creamy flavour. This richness is enhanced if a milk with a higher percentage of fat is chosen, but essentially any type of milk can be used.
Can you reheat golden milk?
It is possible to prepare turmeric milk in advance and reheat some of it for ease in case you, for instance, want to have it in the morning but do not have the time to make it fresh every day. Reheat the turmeric milk in a saucepan or using a microwave for an even faster option.
How long does golden milk last?
Golden milk keeps for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. As such, you can prepare the turmeric milk in advance and reheat some whenever you feel like it. Make sure to store it in an airtight container and place it away from pungent foods like onions which may impact its taste.


5 dl
Turmeric powder
1 tsp
Cardamom powder
½ tsp
Liquid honey
2 tsp

Golden milk sweetened with honey

Golden milk, also known as turmeric milk or haldi doodh in Hindi, is a traditional Indian drink that has gained popularity across the world in recent years. And it is not hard to understand why. The drink is warm, spicy, and comforting. Its vivid, golden colour is impressive, but it is simple to prepare your own homemade golden milk as you need just 4 ingredients: milk, turmeric powder, cardamom powder, and honey. You can use any kind of milk in our recipe, depending on how rich you want your turmeric milk to be. For the thickest consistency and creamiest mouthfeel, use whole milk to make your homemade golden turmeric milk.

The warming spices have a natural bitterness that if softened by the addition of raw honey. Because our recipe uses turmeric powder rather than fresh turmeric, it is quicker to prepare and requires less clean-up. Since turmeric milk is quick and easy to make, it is perfect for enjoying in the morning. You can even prepare it as your baked oats with banana, blueberry, and almonds are in the oven.

Enjoy the spiced and warm flavour

Though a simple golden milk recipe contains very few ingredients, it is packed full of flavour given to it by the turmeric and cardamom. Turmeric, which is also sometimes called Indian saffron, is used in many Indian and Southeast Asian dishes to add flavour as well as colour.

Turmeric powder has a quite powerful earthy bitterness that is best enjoyed when balanced by sweet spices or ingredients like honey. Its warming properties is shared with this recipe's other spice, cardamom, as well. Golden milk with cardamom has a subtle citrus flavouring stemming from this wonderful spice, and the overall effect is a complex, spiced drink.

If the warming flavour of the turmeric and cardamom is what appeals to you, you might also enjoy our chai latte. This hot tea drink also features lots of wonderful spices, including cardamom, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon.

Serve golden milk hot or cold

You can serve turmeric milk hot, cold, or iced, and because the milk-based drink can be enjoyed in many ways, essentially the best time to drink golden milk is whenever you feel like it. Cold, the drink can be used as a substitute for regular milk, which means you can use it to pour over your oats in the morning to spice up your breakfast.

To make iced golden milk latte, prepare the drink using only 2 dl of milk and save the rest. Pour the warm milk mixture into big glasses filled with ice and top off the drink with the remainder of the cold milk. Stir until the mixture is combined and enjoy it immediately. A golden milk iced latte is delicious and refreshing on a hot afternoon and tasting the warm, spicy flavours in an iced drink is an interesting and fun experience. 

Make it your own

If you like your beverages especially creamy, try adding a bit of coconut milk to our recipe for golden milk. Coconut milk is rich and has a sweet, nutty flavour with floral undertones. Adding it to your homemade turmeric milk makes it slightly thicker in consistency and retains its wonderful rich mouthfeel.

It is also possible to use the milk-based drink to mix up other recipes and dishes. You can, for instance, use it to prepare spicier versions of breakfast classics like oatmeal, overnight oats, or smoothies. Try using it instead of regular milk in our mango smoothie recipe or blending it with a mix of yellow fruits like banana, mango, and papaya to make a tropical breakfast golden milk smoothie that still showcases the signature golden colour of the turmeric. Using frozen fruit will yield a thicker smoothie, but you can, of course, use fresh fruit or mix of frozen and fresh ones.

If you want to use the turmeric milk to make a sweet treat, pour the cooled drink into popsicle moulds, let them freeze, and enjoy beautiful, yellow popsicles that are both refreshing, creamy, and spicy at the same time.