I can’t believe it’s snowing in London right now! I’m writing from the sunny beaches of Goa and thought this would be a good recipe to post for the frozen London weather. These drinks are in fact comforting wherever you are, hot or cold, but especially good in winter for keeping you warm, helping immunity, and helping you sleep better. They can of course be drunk anytime of day (possibly with the exception of too much nutmeg as that’s quite the sleepy spice!) but they’re great for bedtimes, when you’re feeling like you want a snack but you’d probably be super satisfied with one of these golden beauties – they’re tasty, filling enough and are of course full of lots of healthful goodness. You can, of course, use any milk or mylk you like, be it cow’s milk, oat milk, soy milk or almond milk. If you prefer them a little sweet, stir in some honey once you’ve poured the milk into your mug. What I often do is have this milk unsweetened with a date and possibly some nuts just to give me that sweet something to chew on if I really want it. But if you can do it without any sweetness, that’s great!
For all of these, just boil together the milk and spices, and stir in some honey if you like:
Pure gold – a mug of milk, ¼ teaspoon turmeric turmeric is good for everything, it’s healing, good for coughs and colds, anti-inflammatory and so much more
Double gold – a mug of milk, ¼ teaspoon turmeric, the tiniest pinch of saffron saffron is meant to help with insomnia and with lots of other things like digestion, but you only need very little (a few small strands!)
Golden tan – a mug of milk, ¼ teaspoon turmeric, large pinch of cinnamon Cinnamon is great for the digestive fires and it’s warming
Fired gold – a mug of milk, ¼ teaspoon turmeric, 1cm piece of ginger grated (or use a couple of tablespoons of ginger juice), dash of cinnamon of if you like Ginger is great for colds, it warms your insides and fires up digestion
Golden sleep – a mug of milk, tiniest pinch of saffron, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, large pinch of cinnamon Put together saffron and nutmeg, and you have the ultimate sleep-inducing drink! You can also just stir nutmeg into hot water and drink this if you prefer.
Navratri has to be one of my favourite festivals, nine days of garba (a traditional festive Indian dance), and while I have only been a few nights so far, it’s been such a hectic week that I feel rather run down.