Begin by preparing the coconut milk. Do this by breaking open the coconut and collecting the coconut water and meat. To open the coconut simply bash it a few time on the side with a hammer or back of a knife. I go into more detail and give more tips on opening coconuts in my blogpost Homemade Coconut Milk.
Peel and grind 2 knobs of fresh turmeric ( I do this with a spoon). Make sure you are wearing your gloves for this step so you don't stain your hands.
Blend the coconut water, coconut flesh, and turmeric in a high-power food processor/blender. Add the black pepper, ginger, and water and blend until a uniform mixture is obtained. This may take a minute or two, so patience is key.
If you want to add cinnamon or vanilla then add a dash, to begin with, give a quick whiz in the blender, taste, and adjust.
Pour the mixture into a nut milk bag and squeeze out all the liquid, keeping your gloves on!
You can use the leftover coconut pulp to dry out and ( either on the lowest heat in the oven or in a thin layer across a baking sheet in the sun) and use within baked goods, smoothies, etc.
Pour the golden milk into a glass container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Method 2: Use Pre-made Milk
For an even quicker method, you can use pre-made milk. I'd still suggest using coconut milk. Other options that would work well are almond milk and oat milk.
For this method, add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan and whisk as you warm it up to pre-boil heat levels. When doing it this way, I'll usually add a cinnamon stick to the pan - rather than ground.
Remove from the heat, and add sweetness, if adding. Adjust the flavors as needed and then serve immediately. leftovers can be chilled and stored for 2-3 days.
Other Methods: Luckily, I'm so in love with golden milk and golden tea that I have even more methods for you to enjoy this delicious beverage. This includes the use of homemade Golden Paste, or even Golden Spice mix.
You can drink the golden milk straight up - cold or warm, add it to your smoothies, breakfast cereals/oats. But I suggest having it last thing at night or early in the morning, on an empty stomach!
Note: when using fresh turmeric, it’s best to use a pair of gloves to protect your hands from staining.