Winter Drinks: Turmeric-Black Tea Brew

This turmeric-black tea brew is perfect for keeping you warm on a chilly day.

| December/January 2012

  • This black tea brew is a variation of the Golden Milk recipe from May 2011.
    Photo by ivan kmit/

This warming drink recipe is a variation of the Golden Milk recipe in the May 2011 article, Herb to Know: Turmeric. Be sure to wear gloves when handling turmeric or curry powder to keep your fingers from staining yellow. MAKES 2 TO 3 SERVINGS OF TURMERIC-BLACK TEA BREW.

• 1 tablespoon butter, softened at room temperature
• 1 tablespoon ground turmeric OR curry powder
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 2 cups water
• 2 to 3 black tea bags OR 2 to 3 tablespoons loose tea
• 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
• 1 cup milk or unsweetened soymilk
• 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar, to taste

1. In a small bowl, carefully combine butter with turmeric, ginger and cinnamon until you have a paste.

2. In a medium saucepan, bring water, tea bags and peppercorns to a boil. Remove from heat and steep for 5 or more minutes. Strain and reserve.

3. Heat milk or soymilk in another saucepan over low heat until warm. Add strained tea mixture and stir.

4. Add 1/2 cup of the warm liquid mixture to the small bowl. Slowly stir and blend paste with liquid mixture.

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