I adore Turmeric Tea Latte. The flavour is sublime. It has a depth of flavour that thin tasting herbal teas do not have. Totally gluten-free and vegan. More importantly delicious!
I gave up on fruit and herbal teas (unless we are talking about fresh herb tea, fresh ginger tea etc.) years ago. When you make a cup of fruit tea, for example, and it is a wonderful deep red, Vimto like red, it looks like it will taste delicious (may be even like Vimto – please!). What it actually tastes of is washing up water. Pointless, tasteless and a waste of money.
I had put turmeric tea in to the ‘just cut out the middle-man and tip it down the sink’ category. I was wrong. Very wrong. I researched recipes and didn’t find anything that quite suited me – I do not like sweet drinks, I like flavour. I love latte. Plus I have a stack of fresh turmeric root in the freezer. I wanted to use the real thing. So I made something that I love.
Allergy Information – Turmeric Tea Latte
Turmeric Tea Latte is gluten-free and vegan as well as… celery free, coconut free, garlic free, lupin free, mustard free, nightshade free*, onion free, peanut free, sesame free, soya free, tree nut free.
*For nightshade free leave out the chilli.
Top Tips – Turmeric Tea Latte
I did go a little overboard with some rather ‘make you cough’ chilli one time and learned that lesson. Less is more.
I do not like sweet drinks so have not used any sweetener. You really do not need it. You can sweeten to taste.
You can use any unsweetened non-dairy milk you prefer. Soya milk foams very well but almond milk works great too.
If you have a coffee machine with a foamer use that to foam the milk or a hand foamer. If you don’t have a milk foamer don’t worry. It doesn’t change the taste. Just warm the non-dairy milk before adding the turmeric tea.
Recipe – Turmeric Tea Latte
Preparation time 5 minutes
Preparation and cooking time 5 minutes
Ingredients – Turmeric Tea Latte
1 turmeric root (~3-4 centimetres in length)
2-3 centimetres of fresh root ginger
0.25 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
0.25 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or a cinnamon stick)
A couple of turns of freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of chilli powder (*leave out for nightshade free)
400 millilitres water
150 millilitres unsweetened non-dairy milk
Method – Turmeric Tea Latte
1. Finely chop the turmeric root and ginger root and add to a small pan with the nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon and chilli powder
2. Add the water and bring to a gentle simmer. Simmer gently for 10-15 minutes
3. Foam the milk and add to two cups
4. Strain the turmeric tea in to the two cups and serve.