This is the season for Golden Milk! Spiced warm milk is one of the most nourishing and medicinal beverages that can help to ground and calm the body as the days turn cold, dry, and windy. Traditionally, raw milk has been highly regarded for its strengthening qualities and its ability to build and heal the body. Warmed with the right spices it can become a golden superfood providing antioxidant-rich vitamins, calcium, protein, and anti-inflammatory properties while calming the nervous system and strengthening the heart.
We are so lucky to have Old Ford Farm, in New Paltz, NY, to provide us with raw cow’s milk, but feel free to substitute with coconut milk or your preferred dairy alternative. Use this recipe as a general guideline. Feel free to include your own favorite spices, perhaps adding cloves or cardamom for a little more spice in your life. A spoonful of ghee or coconut oil can be added for extra nourishment.
2 cups raw milk
2 teaspoons ground turmeric (or 2-inch fresh, thinly sliced)
2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced (or 1 ½ teaspoons dried ginger)
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
2 sticks of cinnamon
pinch of saffron
honey to taste
In a pot, combine spices, stirring into the milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer for at least 10 minutes. Strain with a fine-mesh sieve into a mug. Add honey to sweeten.