Mariela Alvarez Toro

Ginger & Turmeric Latte

Mariela Alvarez Toro
Ginger & Turmeric Latte

It seems like everybody is talking about it, and by it, I mean moving out. Maybe I have just been here long enough to know enough people that have also been here long enough that flirting with the idea of dropping it all and moving to the suburbs seems like the next big thing.

At a party last night, the topic was once again on everybody's tongue. I was in a conversation with two other women, all of admitting to having a love-hate relationship with this City. We all came from different parts of the country: Northern California, Colorado, Puerto Rico and we all had all moved here for work, as most New York immigrants do. After some back and forth we all agreed that what makes this city so terrible is also what makes it unique: tiny apartments, the thrill of spontaneity, loudness, the never-ending energy of the city, overcrowded everything, the potential of meeting people you never thought you could, bad weather, that first day of spring. Clearly, the disadvantages are also its best attributes, and the only way to live within this chaos is to know how to get away from it all, if only for a couple days, a couple hours, of a couple of minutes.

Sometimes that escape comes in the shape of a vacation to the middle of nowhere, but sometimes it lives inside a mug filled to the brim with a bright, golden hued drink.

Ginger & Turmeric Lattes are a trip - a vibrant concoction of coconut milk, earthy turmeric, spicy ginger, and belly warming cinnamon sure to take you out of the City and into a state of chill: sweet, creamy, utterly delicious. (If you grew up in Latin America, I would compare the flavor of Ginger & Turmeric Lattes to Maizena, a belly warming hot breakfast cereal made with corn, milk, sugar, and cinnamon). What is so good about Ginger & Turmeric Lattes is its anti-inflammatory properties. For centuries, turmeric has been highly valued in Ayurvedic practices for its healing power – I just love the how it tastes, and yes, it does help with the anxiety.

While you could drink this at a coffee shop, I prefer jumping into my house clothes, whipping up a mug of magic, and forgetting about tiny apartments, high rents, buzzing sirens, and over crowded subways cars. This is the only way to tune out and reach into far away land where I am completely by myself.  



Ginger & Turmeric Latte


Getting Started

1 small pot

1 sieve



  • 1 2” piece fresh turmeric
  • 1 1” piece fresh ginger
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • ½ tsp. ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon, plus more for serving
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • pinch of sea salt

Let’s cook

  1. Peel, then thinly slice both the fresh turmeric and ginger.
  2. Place the sliced turmeric and the ginger in a small pot with coconut milk, ground turmeric, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
  3. Simmer over low heat for ten minutes.
  4. Add a pinch of salt, then strain through a sieve. .
  5. Serve piping hot or over ice.
  6. You can make ahead of time and save in a airtight container for a couple of days.

Serve 2

Cook time: 15 minutes