Turmeric Chai Latte - Savory Simple

I hate being cold. Every year when the days grow shorter and the air turns cooler, I’m torn. I love fall. I love apples and my brown leather Frye boots. Winter squash soup. I really love the first snow of the season. It’s so beautiful, as beautiful as colorful autumn leaves.

But I hate being cold. 

Turmeric Chai Latte - Savory Simple

After the joy of the holidays and that first beautiful snowstorm wears off, I’m left with nothing but cold. I sleep in sweatshirts at night and cower under blankets and wool socks during the day. I dread washing my hair (but continue washing it to avoid dreads). I turn into a bit of a hermit, hibernating until the flowers begin to bloom once again.

Turmeric Chai Latte - Savory Simple

Thank goodness for hot drinks. They warm my chilled bones and calm my shivers. I’ve never been much of a pumpkin spice latte gal (they’re too sweet for me) but I do like a bit of spice in my drink sometimes. Chai is often found in teas but less frequently in coffee drinks. This turmeric chai latte is my new favorite way to enjoy espresso. A small sprinkle of yellow turmeric on top adds just the right note of spice and color for a beautiful, flavorful cold-weather drink.

Turmeric Chai Latte
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Serves: 1 latte plus additional chai spice
chai spice blend:
  • 3 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
turmeric chai latte
  • 1 shot fresh brewed espresso
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • ¼ teaspoon chai spice blend
  • turmeric to taste
  1. Combine the cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Set aside.
  2. Steam and froth the milk (or simply heat it if you do not have a frother or espresso machine).
  3. Whisk together the espresso, steamed milk, and ¼ teaspoon of the chai spice mixture.
  4. Spoon a bit of the foam on top.
  5. Sprinkle with turmeric and serve.
Chai spice blend yields yields approximately 2 tablespoons. Recipe inspired by a drink I had at Le Pain Quotidien in Bethesda, MD.

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  • http://www.becauseilikechocolate.com Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

    I hate being cold too, it’s the worst feeling. Thank goodness for tea lattes and hot chocolate!

  • http://www.shepaused4thought.com Cathy @ She Paused 4 Thought

    I love that you added turmeric to a chai latte… what a fabulous idea!

  • http://www.breathelighter.wordpress.com Debra

    I’m thrilled with this recipe. I live in sunny Southern California and don’t experience the same level of cold weather, but I love hot drinks that taste amazing! And I try to put more turmeric in my diet for health purposes. This is a winner! :-)

  • http://veryculinary.com/ Amy @Very Culinary

    I’m a CA girl. I never got used to living in Minnesota. It’s gorgeous there. Tons to do. Family friendly. But 15 winters….I never got used to it. And now back in CA, when it’s 100 degrees outside, I just laugh. Bring it on. Because I hate being cold, too.

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I hate being cold too, your chai is the perfect solution! Love the turmeric.

  • http://damndelicious.net Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I hate being cold too! Thank goodness for central heating. It puts our electric bill through the roof but you know I’m a wuss when it comes to coldness!

    Gorgeous latte btw. This will definitely keep me warm along with my blasting heater.

  • http://www.vintagekitchennotes.com Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes

    I can relate to that wool socks and hibernating thing! Hot drinks are so comforting for those days. This is very interesting, because I just bought whole turmeric and though I grate it over most dishes, I never imagined doing so over a latte. Brilliant!

  • http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/ Tieghan

    I am pretty much always freezing. I love in a very cold and snowy mountain town in Colorado. Actually. our heat was just broken for 2 days during a the first bad snow storm of the season. FREEZING! It was terrible and I basically hovered at the oven and stove all day! LOL!
    Anyway, this drink look awesome and very warming!

  • http://peacelovequinoa.com Crista

    I’m blown away, in LOVE with this recipe!!! xxoo

  • http://thecreeksidecook.com Donalyn@The Creekside Cook

    I will definitely be giving this a try – I find coffee drinks in shops to always be too sweet, so this might suit me better. I’ve been searching for ways to use turmeric more, because it is so good for you, and ground turmeric retains much of the beneficial properties of the fresh, so this would sneak in a bit more and it sounds delicious. [typed as I huddle under a big fleece blanket :)]

  • http://www.pinkpatisserie.blogspot.com Maria | Pink Patisserie

    I hate being cold too! Hot baths just about every night for me! Will have to add this gorgeous drink to the warm up rotation.

  • http://www.noblepig.com Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

    Yum. And I love my brown leather Frye’s too. Never thought to add turmeric to a warm drink….must try that.

  • http://www.unegaminedanslacuisine.com Valerie

    The endless void between January and March is unbearable, sometimes I feel like Jack Nicholson in “The Shining.” :p

    This turmeric chai latte is gorgeous and brilliant!

  • http://www.thebeautifulbalance.com Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

    This just seems like it would warm up any cold night. Loving the idea of turmeric in chai latte as well and I can’t wait to try it!

  • http://www.creative-culinary.com Barbara | Creative Culinary

    I hate the cold too; I suffer through our winters because the summers in Denver are just wonderful.

    I’ll have to try the turmeric; I just used some in a fried rice dish and sort of re-discovered it. Not only a wonderful warm flavor but such a gorgeous color too!

    Thanks for including my cocktail in your list Jen but it sounds like you REALLY need to have one of my tequila favorites; amazing how good that stuff is in either hot chocolate or coffee. Warm to the nth degree!

  • http://www.crunchycreamysweet.com Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    I could really use a tall mug of this latte. Gorgeous.

  • http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    I hate being hot. I can always bundle up, put on cozy socks, snuggle a pig or some dogs and drink warm things to help me warm up, but when I’m sprawled in a tub of ice with a fan blowing on me and I’m still hot . . . yeah, I hate being hot and much prefer the winter.
    This drink looks so comforting to me, Jen, and the turmeric adds a wonderful color.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I want to be able to snuggle some pigs. That sounds kind of adorable.

  • http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/ marla

    Gorgeous warming drink! Pinned to two boards ;)

  • Carolyn

    I am freezing, I could use one of these right now.

  • Lady Di Tejas

    Love Cardamon with coffee; I’ll have to try the spice mixture in my brewed cup with half & half or sweetened condensed milk and that sprinkle of turmeric.

  • http://pistachiojar.wordpress.com/ Chelsea

    Looks delicious, beautiful, and healthy – what a great way to use turmeric! Pinning it now :)

  • http://themoonblushbaker.blogspot.com.au/ Belinda @themoonblushbaker

    Get to give this a try! It must turn it the most gorgeous yellow

  • http://ny-foodgasm.blogspot.com Sophia @ NYFoodgasm

    THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I have always wanted to know how to make a chai spice blend! This looks absolutely amazing think I will try to make one this weekend! PS- your photos are gorgeous, amongst some of the BEST I have seen! Would you tell me if you shoot with artificial light? You seem to have GREAT lighting! Love it!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Sophia! Let me know how it turns out. I shoot in all natural light, right next to a window.

  • http://www.pineappleandcoconut.com Shanna@ pineapple and coconut

    I meed to make this. I actually take turmeric in pill form – its good for all kinds of things and I juice whole tumeric root with my almost daily juices. So one would say I am a fan. I love this drink and your pics are stunning like always!!

  • http://www.chefdehome.com/ Savita @ ChefDeHome.com

    Love Turmeric Latte!!

  • http://www.garlicgirl.com Jodi

    This sounds wonderful. I need a frother!

  • http://www.elephanteats.com Amy @ Elephant Eats

    I love hot drinks in cold weather! I’m a tea addict all fall/winter long. I’ve been seeing tumeric drinks floating around the web and they definitely intrigue me. I really like chai so I’ll have to give it a try :)

  • http://www.nutmegnanny.com Nutmeg Nanny

    This hot drink is calling out to me :) I love it, so excited to give it a taste!

  • Michelle B

    Wow, I love chai tea lattes, and have had espresso versions, but never with turmeric! Thanks for the tip.

  • http://brunchtimebaker.com layla @ Brunch Time Baker

    This is the perfect time to start making hot drink. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  • sandelholz

    I know it is popular usage and not you but I don’t understand how chai has come to come to mean spice when almost every single language in the world uses chai or cha in some form as the word for tea. Turmeric and milk is also an old Indian thing, but I will give this recipe with espresso a try.

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      You’re absolutely right; it just has a different meaning here. I think in the USA we’ve come to associate the word “chai” with a very particular spice blend that to me mostly tastes like enhanced cardamom. If I order chai in any cafe or Indian restaurant here, a very specific flavor profile is served to me. That flavor profile is what I’ve used to create several recipes now. It’s a particular blend of spice.

  • http://philosophyandcake.blogspot.com/ June Burns

    What a cool latte flavor! I love turmeric, so I’ll have to try this sometime :)