Best Kratom Drinks for your Well-Being: Kratom Golden Milk
While regular golden milk is great on its own, kratom golden milk goes above and beyond the norm!
Golden milk has become a staple in evening wellness routines across the nation. This slightly-sweet-slightly-savory-creamy-and-bold evening treat is made with spices and roots that boast a solid range of health benefits.
Golden Milk Health Benefits
Each of the spices in kratom golden milk contributes not just to its taste, but also its impact on your body and mind!
Golden milk (with or without the kratom) contains a number of alkaloids and polyphenols.
- Alkaloids are compounds made by plants that often have a physiological effect when consumed, like caffeine
- Polyphenols are organic compounds found in plants that have a range of potential health benefits when consumed over the long term
Turmeric contains the polyphenol curcumin, which is believed to improve inflammatory conditions, pain, degenerative eye conditions, and more. However, when consumed alone, curcumin has poor bioavailability. So how do you increase curcumin’s bioavailability to unlock its health benefits?
Black pepper to the rescue! Black pepper contains an alkaloid called piperine. Piperine enhances the bioavailability of curcumin by 2000%. That’s why every good golden milk recipe will include both turmeric and black pepper together.
Kratom golden milk has all the alkaloids from kratom tea in addition to the active compounds found in regular golden milk. Kratom’s most abundant alkaloid is mitragynine, and there are over alkaloids in kratom that have a variety of effects.
Kratom Golden Milk Ingredients
All you need for this recipe is kratom tea, coconut milk, sweetener, and golden milk spice mix! You can make your own spice mix, or pick one up at the store. To save time, you can make a batch of the spice mix large enough for multiple uses.
If you use a store-bought golden milk powder, check to see if it has any added sugar. You can adjust the sweetener in the recipe as needed to account for sugar in the mix.
To make your own bulk mix, add spices to a tightly sealed container or jar. The following quantities make approximately 24 servings of golden milk (1 tsp of mix per serving).
Bulk Golden Milk Spice Mix:
- 6 tbsp ground turmeric
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tbsp black pepper
Make Kratom Golden Milk Fast
The total brewing time listed for this recipe is 25 minutes, but it doesn’t have to take up that much of your time! 20 minutes are spent simmering the tea (covered) on low heat, so there’s not much effort required during that step.
We’ve also found that most of the time that goes into making golden milk is spent gathering up the spices – that’s true for a lot of recipes! To save time, you can gather all the spices after your tea has started steeping.
Here are a few other tips to save time when making your kratom tea golden milk, or any other kratom tea drinks:
- Brew your tea in a thermos – no need to watch the stove! See recipe notes below for this method
- Batch-brew a few days’ worth of tea at once
- Use more tea bags and brew for a shorter time (then reuse the tea bags for a second steep later)
- Make a large batch of golden milk spice mix to use for a few weeks, or buy a mix from the store
You read that right, you can use your tea bags more than once! Just make sure to store them safely after your first brew – if left out for a long time, the tea bags could grow mold or bacteria. If you want to reuse them, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for no more than 2 days.
Which Strain of Kratom to Use
We love drinking kratom golden milk in the evenings, one to two hours before going to sleep. The warmth of the spices and hot tea are the drink-equivalent of being wrapped in a thick, cozy blanket.
Because we like to make golden milk tea late in the evening, we use a red vein strain of kratom. In the recipe, we use Red Bali, but you can swap that out for whichever red vein tea you like best – or a different vein color if you prefer green or white. You should use the strain of kratom tea that best fits your needs!
Using a different strain of tea to brew your kratom golden milk won’t noticeably change the taste.
Should I add lemon juice to kratom golden milk?
Though we often recommend using lemon juice to increase the strength of your kratom tea, we skip it when making kratom golden milk. The citric acid would cause the coconut milk to get clumpy, marring its creamy texture.
Lemon juice aids the extraction of alkaloids from the kratom leaves, but it isn’t necessary for making a strong kratom tea. Here’s how to ensure your golden milk is strong without adding an acidic liquid:
- Steep your tea bags for at least 20 minutes
- While your tea is steeping, keep it at a low simmer (or steep in a thermos to keep it hot)
- Use an extra tea bag (you can reuse the tea bags in a weaker second brew)
Best milk for Kratom Golden Milk
Just like the spices, the milk you use in kratom golden milk adds to both its flavor and function. Some milks are better than others at unlocking the health benefits from the spices in the recipe.
Curcumin is fat-soluble, so you can potentially increase its bioavailability by making your golden milk tea with a milk that has a few grams of healthy fats. Some of the most highly recommended milks are coconut milk, almond milk, and hemp milk.
Here’s our list of favorite brands that boast a moderate amount of fat AND great flavor:
- Thai Kitchen coconut milk: packed with flavor, best if you love coconut, and with the added bonus of packaging that’s easily recyclable!
- Trader Joe’s hemp milk: great nutritional value – low in saturated fat, with 5g of polyunsaturated fat per cup
- Silk Organic Soy: low in saturated fat, with 7g of protein per cup
- Silk Next Milk: the oat milk and coconut milk mixture has an unbeatable texture; it’s higher in saturated fat, a compromise for it’s thickness and creaminess
(By the way, none of these suggestions are advertisements – they’re just a few of the products we’ve used and loved in the Top Tree test kitchen.)
You can drink your kratom golden milk with sweetener or unsweetened. We usually add 2-3 tsp of sweetener per cup, because the turmeric tea mixture can be on the bitter side.
Our favorite sweeteners for this recipe include coconut sugar, stevia (1/4-1/2 tsp), or maple syrup. Other popular options for sweetening kratom tea include agave, date syrup, or whole-leaf stevia.
Kratom Golden Milk
Brew time: 25 min
- 2-3 Red Bali tea bags
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp golden milk spice mix (store-bought or homemade)
- 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground black pepper
- 2-4 tsp coconut sugar or other sweetener
- Bring water to a boil in a saucepan and add tea bags. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and keep over heat for 20 minutes.
- Uncover and reduce heat to medium. Remove tea bags.
- Add in spice mix, coconut milk, and sweetener. Whisk to combine over medium heat, until the mixture is warmed through (not boiling).
- Serve immediately. Recipe can be increased and leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 1-2 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.
Kratom tea bags: We used a red vein tea, but you can choose whichever strain/vein color you like best. Check out our raw leaf kratom tea options and our Basic Brewing Guide for more info on how to choose a strain and serving size.
Spice mix: Along with your kratom tea, the turmeric and black pepper combination in kratom golden milk really pack in the wellness benefits. You can omit or substitute the other spices as desired.
If you buy a pre-made mix, check for any added sweetener, and adjust the sweetener in the recipe as needed.
Servings: This recipe makes 1 serving of kratom golden milk, approximately 12 oz. If you increase the recipe, leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 days.
Thermos brew: If you want to make this recipe faster, you can use a thermos and the microwave! Steep your tea in a thermos for 20 minutes. While it’s steeping, heat your milk in the microwave. Add the spices and sweetener to the milk, use a handheld frother or a fork to thoroughly mix spices in, then add the milk mixture to your kratom tea.
Other Kratom Drinks and Winter Kratom Recipes
All-in-One Turmeric Ginger Kratom Tea
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Cheers to better brewing!