It’s worth using fresh turmeric and ginger to make this drink—both are often stocked at Whole Foods or Asian and Indian grocers. Ground spices will work, but the medicinal properties will be diminished and the texture less silky smooth.


  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon date sugar or 2 teaspoons raw sugar
  • 4 teaspoons freshly grated turmeric or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder or ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of kosher salt


Whisk coconut milk, sugar, turmeric, ginger, five-spice, salt, and ¾ cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let mixture steep 5 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a mug and serve.

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