Cap off an eventful week with a drink that calms as well as revives. Ping, the founder of Zippysparkles – a tea brand from Hong Kong that proudly offers herbal tea blends and eco-friendly wellness products for a more mindful, positive lifestyle – has just the thing: her Adaptogenic Golden Moon Latte. She happily shares the recipe and the story behind it here. It’s brimming with flavour and goodness; plus it’s quick to make!
I’ve been wanting to kick my coffee habit, which I had picked up over the Christmas holidays – so whenever I’m itching for a warm drink, the Adaptogenic Golden Moon Latte is the beauty latte I usually end up making.
I'm saying no to coffee for now (Photo by Nathan Dumlao)
It looks pretty, and it's also simple to make. I’ve been enjoying it with my loved one at my Hong Kong studio these past few beautiful winter mornings. Additionally, it was a recipe that I savoured with my family over the Lunar New Year holidays.
What makes this Moon Latte so special?
The Adaptogenic Reishi mushroom and astralagus in the Radiance – Beauty Blend (which we have here at Souley Green) are Eastern herbs known for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-fatigue and stress-combating properties. You can read more about them here and here.
Turmeric is also a wonderful spice that’s known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which are said to be great for the skin. Just remember that it stains, so remember to wash any spills ASAP.
Using turmeric in the kitchen? Handle it gently (Photo by Marie Grob)
What’s more, black pepper helps with the absorption of the curcumin contained in the turmeric, which aids in digestion.
If you do end up making this Adaptogenic Golden Moon Latte with our Radiance – Beauty Blend, do let us know! Leave a comment or tag us at #myteamomentwithzippysparkles.
Adaptogenic Golden Moon Latte
Prep time: between 5 to 10 minutes
Makes: 1 serving in a regular-sized mug
(If you have company, multiply the ingredients with the number of loved ones you’re sharing the moment with.)
1 cup almond or oat milk (I prefer unsweetened)
1 tsp Zippysparkles’ Radiance – Beauty Blend
½ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla essence (optional)
A dash of black pepper
Dates (add these if you like a little bit of sweetness; adjust according to your preference)
Calendula, rose and lavender petals for styling (optional)
1. Put the Radiance – Beauty Blend into an infuser ball or on a saucepan directly (you can strain it later). Add the rest of the ingredients to the same saucepan on low or medium heat. Bring to a light boil, or until warm.
Note: If you used an infuser ball, remove the infuser ball and move on to Step 2. If you didn’t use one, strain the mixture and move on to Step 2.
2. Wait for the mixture to cool down a little before blending it in a blender to create a light, foamy mix. Alternatively, you can use a whisk.
3. Pour the mixture into your favourite ceramic mug and add a dash of pepper.
4. Here’s my favourite step: Style it up! In this instance, I used calendula petals. My other favourites are rose, lavender (especially for evenings), and even dried carnation petals.
5. Sit back and enjoy the drink and conversation with your loved ones. (Put away your mobile phones for best results!)
Zippysparkles promotes natural “beauty from within”, and encourages us to take care of our well-being. Ping explains how and why.
“In 2013, I had turned to a plant-based diet and discovered how a simple change in diet could have such a dramatic effect to my mental and physical health,” she recounts.
“It was somewhat around that time when my boyfriend and I (we turned vegan together) discovered the door to spirituality – and things just led on from there.”
It opened other doors as well. “From learning how to cook from when I first turned vegan, I slowly started to make my tea blends at home,” she says.
Ping in her element
“I had already discovered the humble healing ability of plants to heal one’s heart and emotions, and how it had helped with my skin. Then someone suggested that I turn this into a business; so around 2016, I decided to kickstart Zippysparkles, taking inspiration from all the female entrepreneurs out there.” And she hasn’t looked back since.
If you like the Radiance – Beauty Blend, you’d be glad to know that the new Zippysparkles packs will be available to order at Souley Green from March 2019. Click here for updates!
It will deliver the same wholesome taste and aroma you’ve come to know and love