Turmeric lattes are the new fashion drink in Edinburgh. Some people find them quite horrifying and others have become fans and won’t stop talking about the health benefits and carrot cake–ish flavour.
With this declared barista phenomenon in mind, I decided it was time for me to go out and find some of the best places to enjoy this drink in Edinburgh.
I must confess that I didn’t quite like the idea of drinking a liquid and somehow sweet version of one of my favourite Indian spices. However, a self-imposed coffee ban sent me on an adventure to find a substitute that won’t mess with my hormones and potentially raise my blood pressure levels. A personal motto of mine is that you must try something before making faces of disgust and revulsion so I went full on for it and thought that it would be an outstanding idea to document it in a blog post, just in case there are any other turmeric-wonderers out there.
Where to have a turmeric latte in Edinburgh
Edinburgh turmeric latte: Cairngorm Café
The first place that I went for is one of my solid favourites in the Edinburgh coffee scene: The Cairngorm Café. Located just a few steps away from Edinburgh West End, I had visited this shop many times and appreciated the outstanding quality of the coffee.
Turmeric lattes are no different: the perfect balance between sweetness and spiciness becomes a delicious customer experience. I asked the team whether they put any sugar on it (as that is my one thing to always skip from the ingredients list if I can) and they reported that some honey is used in the making but no sugar at all.
Saint Edinburgh Turmeric Latte? Urban Angel Café
The next place that I tried for my daily dose of this anti-inflammatory goodness is Urban Angel Café. Close to George St it is a convenient stop when I am out and about and decide to go for a sneak-peak and Anthropologie or other well-known shops in the area.
The first thing that surprised me was that the turmeric latte was smaller than previous ones that I had tasted in other places and the day I went, they didn’t have any coconut latte so they asked me if oat latte was okay. It was – and it wasn’t, if you know what I mean. The turmeric flavour was definitely there but I discovered that the coconut hint gives a rounder, more fragrant flavour that the oat milk just cannot complete with.
It is probably worth mentioning that Urban Angel also sell a turmeric smoothie, which I haven’t tried but it is definitely my next thing to go for on their menu.
At this point I had a question on the back of my mind – will turmeric stain my teeth? Am I going to have a yellow smile after writing this blog post? Luckily, after some reading online I discovered that is quite the other way around: turmeric is used as a teeth whitener in some parts of the world and a number of brands have actually come up with some turmeric based products which benefit from the antimicrobial properties of this exotic root. Some people actually compare turmeric teeth whitening power to those of baking soda or charcoal, however there is no scientific evidence.
Turmeric latte in Vegan Edinburgh: Naked Bakery
After these two places, I actually discovered that one of my preferred places in Edinburgh to go for a “naughty but nice” bite had added a turmeric latter to their board: the vegan Naked Bakery, which are a legend for baking delightful and mouth-watering cupcakes and cakes without any animal produce on their ingredients list.
I found that their turmeric latte was the strongest I ever tried. Really spicy and with a strong kick, I had to ask for a bit more milk to reduce the flavour a little and finish my drink. This was the biggest one of all the ones I had tried, in a very stylish glass cup that let the yellow show.
Last Turmeric latte in Edinburgh: Hula
Hula is another classic place for healthy yet yummy food and they sell their own version of the golden milk. Like in the previous Naked Bakery, this one was very intense and flavourful however the size of the drink was on the small end.
How to make your own turmeric latte at home
I wanted to learn how to make my own turmeric latte so I could enjoy them in the comfort of my home but there are multiple recipes and drinks: with coffee, without coffee, with cinnamon, with ginger…
These are my three favourite methods to prepare this at home depending on the level of confidence and time available to actually brew them.
For beginners: the always convenient Pukka turmeric latte instant drink.
This was the first approach that I tried and it is really practical as making your own turmeric goodness takes you exactly 3 minutes. You just put some milk of your choice in a mug, warm it up, add the instant turmeric latte powder and mix well. Top up your milk if desired and then just sprinkle some cinnamon on top (optional but cinnamon makes the flavour even better).
Intermediate turmeric latte consumers: My advice is to follow the recipe that is out there by “The First Mess”.
Don’t be scared by the lengthy ingredients list, you can customize it to your own taste and it won’t need as many things once you know what you like! This is my version: I mix 2 teaspoons of turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of ginger (you can adjust these proportions to your liking). Add this mixture into hot milk (I use coconut milk) and stir until everything is combined. Have a taste and add something sweet if you like a more sugary flavour – I just go for some vanilla powder most of the time or just more cinnamon.
Expert turmeric gods out there: This recipe from the bon appétit guys is my favourite one to prepare when I have loads of time to prep and wash up.
They actually recommend to freshly grate the turmeric and the ginger to get a flavour kick like in turmeric heaven. Instead of using cinnamon they go for some ground nutmeg. The procedure is quite simple: just boil everything together and add a couple of teaspoons of sugar. Make sure you strain it before serving so you won’t find any bits in your drink – you know how it is when you accidentally chew on some ginger!
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