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Shots might not be the first thing that comes to mind as you’re waking up on a cold, autumnal morning but these homemade ginger turmeric shots are anything but your boozy, night-out sort.
This lemon ginger turmeric shot is one of my favorite immunity recipes for staving off colds during flu season as well as keeping the immune system strong throughout the year.
Turmeric and ginger are both a powerhouse of immune-boosting and inflammatory properties that help to keep the body healthy, balanced, and strong.
You can also make this large batch ahead to last a good few days, stored in a sealed bottle in the fridge. I also like to freeze some in an ice cube tray and add it to water, cocktails, salad dressings and even into Golden Milk lattes.
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The Benefits of Ginger
Ginger really is one of the best roots on the planet when it comes to its multitude of health benefits. It’s widely considered to have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Ginger has also been used for thousands of years, especially in Ayurveda for alleviating nausea, vomiting, and a variety of other stomach issues and digestion so it’s perfect for consumption after a large meal.
Studies show it even acts as an anti-carcinogenic. Some studies also suggest that ginger can also help with period pains, reducing cholesterol and fighting cold/flu.
The Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric, just like ginger has similar properties. It can increase the antioxidant capacity in the body, protecting it from free radicals which in theory can lead to a slowing down of the aging process.
Through its anti-inflammatory properties, it can also reduce chronic inflammation and calm the body.
It has also been scientifically proven to have the potential to prevent heart disease, cancers and can also reduce symptoms of depression and arthritis.
Curcumin is the main ingredient in turmeric and it’s this compound that helps to prevent a number of conditions from heart disease to arthritis by regulating blood pressure.
Curcumin alone isn’t easily absorbed into the bloodstream which is why it’s often recommended to take it with black pepper which helps it to be absorbed. It is a must to get all the benefits from the ginger turmeric shot.
The combination of turmeric and ginger isn’t something new. In fact, Jamu is a traditional anti inflammatory tonic from Bali, made from turmeric and ginger. It’s thought that in the past it was a drink of the Gods- the Gods owing their strength to this concoction.
What does it taste like?
The taste of lemon ginger turmeric shots can be overwhelming for some people but not all. Many people find that they love the taste. Both these roots are powerful and have a strong, fiery and spicy taste.
Luckily if you find it too strong you can dilute the shot with water or even orange juice, however, I do recommend taking it just like a shot, in one go, and this way it’s over in seconds.
Things to Know Before You Begin Juicing Your Wellness Shots
↠ Juicing turmeric and ginger can get messy as turmeric especially stains everything. Make sure to wear an apron and gloves so it doesn’t stain your clothes and skin.
↠ If you’re using a blender to make these turmeric ginger lemon shots you’ll also need a cheese cloth or clean muslin to separate the liquids from the pulp.
↠ You don’t need the exact measurements of turmeric and ginger- if it’s under or over 2.5 oz, it doesn’t matter. Just make sure you have roughly equal parts turmeric and ginger.
↠ Try to use fresh, juicy ginger and turmeric as well as juicy and plump citrus fruits. The drier your fruit the less juice you’ll be able to get from it.
↠ If you don’t have access to fresh turmeric root, you can use powdered turmeric. Juice or blend all other ingredients as stated and then stir in 1/2 teaspoon of powdered turmeric per shot.
Ginger Turmeric Shot Recipe
These 5 ingredient welness shots are perfect when you need a little extra immune boost during flu season especially. With a delicate yet fiery flavor this is the perfect immunity wellness shot.
Makes roughly 6 shots (with orange) or 4 shots (without orange)
75 grams ( 2.5 oz) of fresh ginger root
75 grams ( 2.5 oz) fresh turmeric root
1 orange (optional but recommended for the blender option)
1/5 tsp black pepper
a pinch of cayenne pepper for added kick (optional)
Wash the turmeric and ginger thoroughly. I normally use a vegetable brush to do this. If using a juicer check to see if you need to peel the turmeric or ginger before putting it through.
JUICER: Cut the ginger and turmeric into smaller chunks. Slice the rind off the lemons and oranges. Place the turmeric and ginger into the juicer and juice. Then put in the lemons and orange if using.
Finally, stir in the black pepper and serve. It’s best to use a high-quality slow juicer to preserve all the vitamins and nutrients from your ingredients. I love the Hurom Slow Juicer as it’s so easy to use and clean.
BLENDER: To blend, slice the ginger and turmeric into small chunks for easy blending. Before blending juice the lemons and orange – the extra liquid will help with blending.
Put the ginger, and turmeric into a blender and cover with the lemon and orange juice. For easier blending use a small, high-speed blender, my favourite is the Nutribullet. Blend until smooth for around 30 seconds. If the mixture struggles to move, add a little water. You should end up with a thick paste.
Pour the mixture into a cheesecloth, fine mesh strainer or clean muslin and strain. Be aware that turmeric might stain your fingers and clothes so use gloves for this step. Once strained stir in the black pepper and serve.
You can keep this stored in a sealed jar or bottle for a couple days in the refrigerator but it’s best consumed within 24 hours.
Notes: For a bit of added sweetness stir in a tbsp of honey or agave to the tonic.
If the taste of the ginger turmeric lemon shot is too strong try diluting it with water or with more natural, freshly squeezed orange juice for some added sweetness and Vitamin C.
Turmeric Ginger shots are best drunk freshly made or within 24 hours of juicing. After this, they will still taste great but they will begin to lose their nutritional properties.
However, getting out the juicer each day to make a turmeric and ginger shot can get a little tedious. One thing I like to do is to make a few extra shots, pour them into ice trays and freeze them.
At a later date, you can put the frozen shot cube into a cup, cover it with warm water and enjoy it as a lemon ginger turmeric tea. You can also defrost and drink it as a shot but the consistency does change a little after freezing.
Ginger Turmeric Shot Recipe Variations
The recipe above uses a base of ginger, turmeric and lemon, but there are many ways you can add to this recipe to change the flavour of the shot or to add various nutrients to the shot. Note that if you add more ingredients you’ll get a greater yield.
Here are some of my favourite Turmeric Ginger Lemon Shot variations you can try at home today.
↠ Add a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup to sweeten if necessary.
↠ For added sweetness and nutrients try adding 1/4 pineapple to the recipe.
↠ For a more orange-prominent flavour try adding 2 oranges instead of 1. Note that this will more likely create about 8 shots.
↠ Substitute orange for 1/4 cup coconut water for extra electrolytes and hydration.
If you give this ginger turmeric shot a go then let me know how you got on below, I’d love to hear from you.
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