Starbucks never stops coming up with ways to blow our minds. Their recipes have gotten so creative that they’ve literally sparked Instagram madness. Their latest? The Turmeric Latte. You probably haven’t heard of it because ya can’t have it. I know. Life’s unfair. Hear me out.
Right now, the Turmeric Latte is only available in 200 of Starbucks’ London stores, so you’re going to have to go across the pond to get your hands on it. Sad, and just further proof that we can’t have nice things.
According to a Starbucks press release, the drink is made by steaming milk with “aromatic turmeric powder and spices and poured over espresso.” Uhm… YUM.
“The delicious golden coloured milk is one of the latest trends on the high street and makes beautiful Instagram-able latte art.” You can also ask for almond milk or coconut milk, and they’ll steam the turmeric powder with those alternatives if your little heart desires.
While not everyone has access to the super monster coffee machines that Starbucks has, there is hope for us still. The cool thing about turmeric is that you can buy it anywhere, and it’s really quite easy to make your own turmeric latte at home. What you really need to make is turmeric tea, otherwise known as “golden milk.”
According to this recipe from blogger Wellness Mama, you’re going to need turmeric (obvi) or turmeric spice mix, two cups of your choice of milk, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of black pepper, ¼ teaspoon of ginger powder, and an optional pinch of cayenne pepper and teaspoon of raw honey or maple syrup.
Wellness Mama suggests blending all your ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth, pouring the mixture into a small saucepan, and heating for 3-5 minutes over medium heat “until hot but not boiling.” Then, pour it over your espresso a la Starbs, and voila! You’re on your way to reaping all the beautiful benefits of turmeric.
Said benefits include anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing effects, plus disease preventing factors! Researchers say the magic is in the active agent curcumin, which “has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic illnesses.”
Well. If we can have all that PLUS our coffee too, count. us. in.
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