The holidays are a time for gathering with loved ones, indulging in delicious food and drink, and making merry. But amidst all the revelry, it’s important not to neglect your health. This Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving season, jazz up your celebrations with a soothing and restorative mocktail that supports your liver and thyroid function.
Sipping on this warming blend of anti-inflammatory spices and liver-loving ingredients is a great way to nourish your body while still joining in the festivities. The liver is the body’s main detoxification organ, working hard to filter out toxins and keep our internal systems running smoothly. Meanwhile, the thyroid helps regulate metabolism, body temperature, heart rate, and more. Supporting these two key organs can help you feel your best during a season filled with rich foods and drinks.
This healing mocktail recipe is a perfect substitute for eggnog for anyone with dietary restrictions or choices such as vegan or those with egg allergies. It features ingredients like turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and coconut milk. Turmeric contains the potent anti-inflammatory compound curcumin, while ginger also packs anti-inflammatory effects to soothe the liver. Coconut milk adds a creamy, comforting base.
Sip this mocktail before, during, or after your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebrations to nourish your body while delighting your taste buds. The dynamic flavors will warm you from the inside out and help support liver detoxification and thyroid health after all your feasting. So brew up a batch, gather round with loved ones, and toast to a holiday season that boosts your wellbeing along with the festive mood!
This soothing mocktail takes inspiration from golden milk, a traditional Ayurvedic drink hailing from India. It brings together warming spices and liver-loving ingredients like fresh turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and honey for a healing beverage perfect for holiday celebrations.
Full-fat coconut milk provides a rich, creamy base along with healthy fats to support thyroid and liver function. Then we grate fresh turmeric and ginger root to harness their potent anti-inflammatory compounds like curcumin and gingerol. The bright golden turmeric root also lends its vibrant color and earthy flavor.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove add hints of sweet spice often used in holiday baking. Cinnamon balances blood sugar, while clove contains antimicrobial properties that support immune health. We finish it off with a drizzle of raw honey and vanilla for soothing sweetness.
All together, these ingredients add up to a mocktail that eases digestion, reduces inflammation, supports detoxification, and warms you from the inside out. The dynamic flavors blend together into a comforting, healing beverage for your holiday festivities.
Sip this golden milk mocktail before your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving feast to optimize your liver’s natural detoxification processes. Or enjoy it after eating to relax your body and mind. However you choose to incorporate it, this mocktail taps into ancient Ayurvedic wisdom to nourish your health and vitality.
How to Serve Golden Nog-Not
Golden Milk is typically served warm, which is how I also prefer to drink it. I usually warm it gently over low heat. If you are new to the flavor of turmeric, boiling the milk (the traditional way to prepare it in Ayurveda) reduces the bitterness in the turmeric. If the little stray fibers from grated ginger bother you, strain off the milk through a fine mesh sieve before you drink it.
How to Store Golden Nog-Not
I have noticed that Golden Milk tends to become more pungent after it sits for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator. But it really is best consumed right away—it kind of makes you slow down to both make it and enjoy it.
Coconut Golden Nog-Not
PREP TIME 5 mins COOK TIME 10 mins TOTAL TIME 15 mins SERVINGS 2 servings
1 (13.5-ounce) can full fat coconut milk
1 to 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger, to taste (from a 2-inch knob)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
2-3 whole cloves
Pinch fine sea salt
Pinch ground black pepper
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons Raw Honey
Cinnamon sticks and/or ground cinnamon or turmeric, to serve (optional)
– Heat the coconut milk:
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the coconut milk until you see a little bit of steam, about 2 to 3 minutes.
– Add the spices:
Add the ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, sea salt, and black pepper, and gently whisk to combine. Add the vanilla extract, and whisk to combine. Take the milk off the heat, allow it to cool slightly.
Taste the milk using a spoon, and adjust as needed. Does it need more spice? Add some ginger. Is it not sweet enough to your liking? Add a little more honey, or try maple syrup. Do the flavors seem like they aren’t speaking loudly enough to you overall? Add another pinch of salt.
Let the golden milk come to a bare simmer—you might see some bubbles on the sides of the pot, you might see some frothy action on the surface—and then turn off the heat. This step helps reintegrate the flavors after you’ve made any adjustment with spices.
– Strain and serve:
Strain off any lingering fibrous bits of ginger through a fine mesh sieve. Pour it into your favorite mug and stir in your honey, sprinkle it with a bit more of ground turmeric and/or cinnamon.
This holiday season, skip the eggnog and reach for a mug of golden nog-not instead. This healing mocktail puts a creative twist on classic holiday flavors with its liver-supporting ingredients and anti-inflammatory spices.
Sipping this soothing golden nog-not is the perfect way to de-stress amidst the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving prep. Take a moment just for you, breathe deeply, and treat your body to this comforting and restorative drink. The rich, creamy coconut milk and touch of sweet honey will satisfy cravings while the active ingredients get to work, supporting your thyroid, liver function, digestion and more.
Savor the golden nog-not while surrounded by loved ones, as you reflect on all you have to be grateful for this year. The holidays are about so much more than food and drinks – they are a time for connection. This healing mocktail helps you feel your best from the inside out so you can be fully present with friends and family.
Give your liver and thyroid some extra love this holiday season with the Golden Nog-Not mocktail. Warm up your celebrations with its bright, vibrant flavors and nourish your body through all the feasting and fun ahead. Cheers to health and happiness now and all throughout the coming year!