Whether you are looking for a coffee substitute so you can cut back on caffeine, are trying to get more turmeric in your diet, or just like warm coconutty things, this concoction is for you! It's great in the mornings, and as we work our way toward fall, it'll fit right in during those cool afternoons as well.
It's loaded with good-for-you spices and it tastes amazing. It's even faster than brewing a pot of coffee (though it does require a little more of your attention). I love the subtle sweetness of coconut milk, but you could use nut milk, hemp milk, or even regular milk if you prefer it.
If you have a little time on the weekend, make your own coconut milk to avoid any excess sugar or additives you might find in the coconut milk you buy at the store. Simply take a cup of unsweetened coconut and put it in the blender with 1-2 cups of hot water. Let it sit for a few minutes, then blend it for a minute. Let it sit some more. (I've let mine go a couple of hours.) Then blend some more. Strain it using a cheese cloth, squeezing it to get as much of the milk out of there are you can. Put it in a pitcher in the refrigerator and enjoy! You can use the leftover coconut pulp pretty much anywhere you'd use shredded coconut.
On to our tea!
Coconut Turmeric Tea
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 t turmeric
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ginger
1/4 t nutmeg
a pinch of cayenne pepper
honey to taste
Stir over low heat until warm, not boiling. Stir occasionally as you drink it to avoid letting the spices all float to the bottom.
If you don't like the graininess of the powdered spices, you could boil turmeric root, ginger root, whole nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks in some water, then remove the spices and add coconut milk and sweetener (if desired) to the water, like you would make chai tea. I like the powdered spices in mine, and the process of making it is a little faster!
Either way, enjoy!