A Slightly Different Golden Milk Recipe. Plant-based and Sugar-free.

Golden Milk by Unrefined Vegan

Golden Milk by Unrefined Vegan

Sadly, I have to begin this post with an apology. It’s mid-November and that means we have been well into pumpkin everything for a while now. This recipe contains nary a teaspoon of curcurbito pepo. It does, however, include classic pumpkin pie flavors: cinnamon, cardamom, anise, and clove. And you have to admit, the beautiful, bright color is perfect for fall.

TEAse Me Paperback Book Cover Annie Oliverio

My “slightly different” golden milk is a bonus recipe from my 2016 book, TEAse Me, which formerly was available only as a PDF download. Over the summer, I did a little updating and correcting, as well as some spiffing up. Then I turned it into a full-color, 8.5″ x 11″, 73-page paperback available from Amazon. If you love tea as much as do, you’ll enjoy TEAse Me.

Golden Milk by Unrefined Vegan

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Golden Milk by Unrefined Vegan

A Slightly Different Golden Milk Recipe

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  • Author: Annie
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegan


My “slightly different” golden milk has a hint of orange that complements the sultry spices and creamy nut milk. Delicious and good for you, this cold weather beverage is comfort in a mug.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 orange spice teabag (I use Stash brand)
  • 1-inch knob ginger root, roughly chopped
  • zest of 1/2 an orange, optional
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/21 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • sweetener, to taste (I use NuNaturals Vanilla Syrup)


  1. Pour the water into a medium-sized saucepan, cut open the teabag and add the contents. Add the ginger root, zest, cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom pods, star anise, cloves, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and add the non-dairy milk. Cover and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Carefully strain the solids from the pan and discard.
  3. Add sweetener, taste, and adjust. Gently re-heat and divide the golden milk between two mugs.


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Golden Milk by Unrefined Vegan

Golden Milk by Unrefined Vegan

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