3 Easy Ginger Shot Recipes To Boost Your Immune System

3 Easy Ginger Shot Recipes To Boost Your Immune System

If you're looking for an easy and tasty way to boost your immune system and enjoy the many health benefits of ginger, give these three ginger shot recipes a try! With just a few ingredients, you can make a powerful, raw nutrient-packed health shot in minutes!

Why Drink Cleansing Ginger Shots?

Ginger root for making a ginger shot recipe

Ginger is a root that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its numerous health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help reduce nausea, supports digestion, relieve cold and flu symptoms and boosts immunity. It's a perfect way to cleanse your body after the holidays or big stressful events in your life.

How Big is a Ginger Shot?

A ginger shot is a concentrated dose of ginger that is consumed in a small amount, typically 30ml-60ml. Drinking a ginger shot can provide a quick and easy way to incorporate the health benefits of ginger into your daily routine. Whether you're feeling under the weather or just looking for a quick and healthy pick me up, these three ginger shot recipes should do just the trick!

Classic Ginger Shot

A shot of ginger in a glass for cleansing ginger shot recipe

This classic ginger shot recipe is quick and easy to make. All you need is fresh ginger, lime juice and a little something for sweetness (you can use dates, raw apples, coconut blossom or natural maple syrup)

Ingredients required:

  • 1/2 cup fresh ginger (approximately 75g peeled or 100g with skin)
  • 2¬†limes (juiced)¬†
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup (optional for sweetness - if you're on low sugar diet skip this step)

Instructions:

Peel the ginger then cut it into small cubes. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, then blend until smooth. Pour into small shot glasses to enjoy immediately or pop it into a flip top bottle and keep in the fridge for later. Shake the bottle before serving. 

Lemon, Turmeric and Ginger Shot

This delicious turmeric and ginger shot packs an extra punch. Turmeric and ginger both have anti-inflammatory properties, while lemon adds a burst of citrus flavor and is high in vitamin C.

Ingredients required:

  • 1/2 cup ginger (approximately 75g peeled)
  • 1tsp turmeric powder¬†
  • 2¬†fresh lemons (juiced)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1-2tsp maple syrup (optional for sweetness - if you're on low sugar diet skip this step)
  • dash of pepper¬†

Instructions:

  1. Peel ginger and cut into cubes
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth
  3. Pour the mixture into a small glass jar or bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  4. To serve, shake the jar well and pour a small amount (30ml-60ml) into a shot glass. Drink immediately or dilute with a little water if desired. 

Orange & Turmeric Ginger Shot (our favourite)

This uplifting citrusy orange and ginger shot gives you a rush of energy and can provide a great antioxidant boost! Perfect as a morning energizer. We don't add any sweeteners to this recipe because the natural sugars in oranges are more than enough to make it a delicious treat. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ginger (approximately 75g peeled)
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (2 medium oranges)
  • 1tsp turmeric powder¬†
  • 2¬†fresh lemons (juiced)
  • 1 cup filtered water

Instructions:

  1. Peel ginger and cut into cubes
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth
  3. Pour the mixture into a small glass jar or bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  4. To serve, shake the jar well and pour a small amount (30ml-60ml) into a shot glass. Drink immediately or dilute with a little water if desired. 

Keep All the Goodness Inside

While you may come across recipes that recommend straining the mixture through a sieve or cheesecloth for extra smoothness, we generally recommend skipping this step in order to preserve as much of the fiber and nutrients as possible. The fiber in ginger, in particular, is a prebiotic and can help to stimulate the growth of good bacteria in your gut. 

Instead of straining the mixture, you can simply blend it until it is smooth or dilute the shot with extra water. This way, you can still enjoy the benefits of ginger while retaining all of the fiber and additional nutrients.

Make it Probiotic

You can easily turn your prebiotic ginger shots into probiotic ones by adding 100ml of fermented water kefir or a few tablespoons of raw fermented brine from fermented veggies like sauerkraut. 

Wondering what the difference is between prebiotic and probiotic? In short,¬†probiotics are live microorganisms ‚Äď something that you‚Äôd find in raw fermented foods like water kefir and probiotic supplements, these bacteria survive the journey and can help populate your gut with friendly bacteria.

Prebiotics on the other hand refer to foods that feed the bacteria. An example of a prebiotic is fiber, it passes through your body undigested and eventually reaches your gut bacteria, which is why fiber is so important to include in your diet.

How to Store Your Shots for Up to 3 Months

Your shots will store in the fridge for up to five days in a closed container, but if you're batch prepping or just making a big portion in one go you can also freeze them for up to three months! A quick tip is to pour your shots into an ice-cube tray and then transfer them into a freezer bag or container for even easier access! This way you can vary flavours throughout the week (no monotonous routines here). 

an ice cube tray of ginger shots for longer storage in the freezer

You can also customize your ginger shot by adding other ingredients like cayenne pepper, chili, mint and even coriander for added health benefits.

Happy sipping!

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