Small but mighty, this lemon ginger turmeric wellness shot has some of the most powerful, health-boosting ingredients out there. And today, we'll show you how to make it from scratch without adding sugar or using a juicer!
But first, why is it called a wellness shot?
This golden juice is a concentrated drink of turmeric, ginger, and citrus juice with a spicy, sour, and warming kick.
So, you usually drink just a little of it in one or two swigs — like a shot.
And oh my, those two swigs of juice are pure health!
Ginger, turmeric, and lemon juice deliver an abundance of anti-inflammatory compounds, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, giving you an all-around health boost.
Ginger turmeric shots are good for you in so many ways, from supporting immunity and fighting inflammation to easing digestion and warding off diseases.
They even help with sugar cravings and low mood!
And luckily for us, preparing a wellness turmeric shot at home is super easy.
The only equipment for this recipe is a good blender to blitz the roots and a sieve or cheesecloth to filter the juice. That's it — no juicer!
As for the shot ingredients, you'll need raw ginger and turmeric root and lemon.
We also used fresh whole oranges for natural sweetness, plus water to dilute the juice a little and black pepper to help boost turmeric absorption.
Now, time to get juicing and feel the might of this wondrous turmeric shot!
What is a turmeric shot?
Turmeric shots are a wellness drink made from concentrated, juiced fresh turmeric root.
They're usually made in small quantities, served in small vials, and consumed in one or two swigs.
To make a turmeric shot, fresh turmeric root is either pressed into a juice using a juicer machine or blended with other juices like orange or lemon juice.
Can you make a turmeric shot with turmeric powder?
Turmeric shots are best prepared with fresh turmeric root, but you can also use the powder as an alternative.
For one shot, replace 15 grams (1/2 oz) of fresh turmeric root with 2 teaspoons of ground turmeric powder.
Dissolve the powder in a little fruit juice (like orange, lemon, apple or pineapple juice), then add in the rest of the juice and shake well.
Can you make ginger turmeric shot without a juicer?
Yes, you don’t have to use a juicer to make ginger turmeric shot.
You can just blitz raw ginger and turmeric roots in a blender with water or fruit juices.
Then, simply strain the liquid through a sieve or cheesecloth to filter out any pulp and bits, collecting the smooth ginger turmeric juice in a pitcher.
What’s turmeric shot good for?
Made with concentrated turmeric root, turmeric shot is a nutritional supplement drink with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Turmeric shots can help fight and reduce inflammation, especially chronic low-level inflammation linked to heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer, and age-related diseases.
Turmeric shots are also good for treating arthritis and boosting immunity and gut health.
Adding ginger and orange or lemon juice to turmeric shots makes them also beneficial for colds and sore throats.
How do you drink a turmeric shot?
You drink a turmeric shot in just one or two quick swigs from a small 30-60 ml (1-2 fl oz) vial or glass, like a vodka shot.
What does a ginger turmeric shot taste like?
Due to their high concentration of ginger and turmeric roots, ginger turmeric shots taste spicy, peppery, and earthy with a warming feel.
Some people may find ginger turmic shots a little too bitter and pungent to drink, but diluting them with water or fruit juices makes them much easier to consume.
How many ginger turmeric shots can you have per day?
You can drink as many ginger turmeric shots a day as you like. But if you have a sensitive stomach or suffer from reflux, you may want to stick to one shot a day.
Although turmeric and ginger are good for digestive problems like reflux and nausea, they may actually worsen symptoms in some people — likely because of their spicy, peppery quality.
If that’s your case, you can dilute the ginger turmeric juice with water, drink a tall glass of water after consuming the juice, or start with a smaller 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz serving before increasing.
|Raw Ginger Root||40 g|
|Raw Turmeric Root||80 g|
|Filtered Water||200 mL|
|Ground Black Pepper||6 pinch|
Rinse the ginger and turmeric roots, peel them, and chop them roughly.
Peel and slice the lemon and orange, removing the bitter white pit and any seeds.
Transfer the ingredients to a powerful blender or food processor, pour in the water, and blitz all into cloudy, deep yellow juice.
Because you're not using a juicer, the turmeric juice will still have some bits at this point.
Don't keep blending the ingredients for long trying to get a smoother result: doing so can heat up the juice, damaging some of its precious heat-sensitive antioxidants.
Now, strain the ginger turmeric juice through a fine-mesh sieve: squeeze the pulpy bits with the back of a spoon to filter and collect as much juice as possible into a cup or pitcher.
You can also use a cheesecloth or nut milk bag for this for an even smoother juice.
Divide the turmeric juice among small sealable vials (like empty spice pots) to make single-serving shots, allowing 60 ml (2 fl oz) of juice per pot.
Tip a pinch of black pepper in each vial (to boost turmeric absorption), seal, and shake well.
Your healthy ginger turmeric shot is ready!
Sip it right away, drinking it in one or two swigs as it's quite spicy, and keep the other servings in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If you find the turmeric shots too bitter and spicy, you can add a little maple syrup or honey — but try to keep the added sugars down to a minimum.
Alternatively, use a sugar-free sweetener like erythritol, monk fruit, or stevia; you can also dilute the shots with a splash of water or coconut water.
After drinking a shot of this lemon turmeric juice, snack on a few nuts: they contain healthy fats, which help increase turmeric absorption.
You could eat a small handful of raw or roasted nuts or even have a healthy nut and fruit bar.
Want to make a bigger batch? Scale up the quantities, divide the turmeric root juice among ice cube trays and pop in the freezer.
Each ice cube is equal to about 30 ml (1 fl oz) of juice, so pop two cubes out of the tray to get a serving.
You can add them to a glass of water or whizz them straight into a smoothie, like this yellow mango oat smoothie.
Got some carrots in the fridge? Try pairing ginger and turmeric with carrot juice for sweetness and extra vitamins — no need for a juicer machine!