Ginger Turmeric shots are an earthy way to energize yourself and improve immunity. This easy juicer recipe has the perfect balance of citrus and spices! A fool-proof recipe to make your own immunity shots at home. (Blender recipe included.)
Best taken as a shot, these Ginger Turmeric Shots are fiery and delicious! They don’t pack too much heat, but hit you with a boost of energy and balanced taste of ginger, turmeric, with a kick of lemon and the sweetness of orange.
I’m a huge fan of immunity and energy shots, and using my juicer to make every and any combination! I first started by making my Juice Press version of Lemon Ginger Cayenne shots. Next: the Turmeric shots!
Turmeric is popular for immune-boosting and antioxidant properties, and that burst of energy. Combined with fresh orange juice and fresh lemon juice, these gingers shots are the perfect wellness shot.
I created these wellness shots, because to be honest, I love them! I love the instant feeling like my sinuses clear and my energy springs back. I just love immunity drinks!
Eating clean for the past five years, my favorite recipes were those that use simple, fresh ingredients. I’m a huge proponent of making easy drinks that taste delicious and keep me full. For juice recipes like this one, I prefer only a few ingredients that pack huge flavor. For other simple, delicious juices try 8 Juicer Recipes for Energy or Mandarin Juice.
Highlights of this Recipe
This recipe is:
- Energy + Immunity Boosting
- 4 Ingredients
- High Levels of Vitamin C
What is Turmeric?
Question of the day - what is turmeric? It looks like the orangey, yellow version of ginger root. It’s infamous for staining hands, counters, bowls, etc. because of its color and is often used for food coloring. It’s a plant that grows in India, Asia and Central America and actually is related to ginger.
Turmeric root can be used to make juices, like this turmeric shot recipe, or can be dried as a powder for dried spices.
Ingredients and Health Benefits
Fresh Ginger - Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also helps soothe nausea and digestion. I love the spice the ginger juice brings to these shots.
Fresh Turmeric - Thanks to the active compound, curcumin, turmeric is a strong anti inflammatory spice.
Orange - Oranges pack high fiber and high levels of vitamin C providing a plethora of health benefits.
Lemon - A great source of vitamin C, lemons can help boost the immune system.
TIP! For added sweetness to this turmeric shot recipe, you can add coconut water or even honey/maple syrup. The honey (or maple syrup for vegans!) will keep the recipe as a wellness shot, and the coconut water makes it more of a drink.
How to Make a Turmeric Shot
Making a ginger turmeric shot is so easy. Within minutes you’ll feel the anti inflammatory properties of the turmeric root, fresh citrus juice and fresh ginger root.
STEP ONE: Prep all ingredients: thoroughly wash the ginger and turmeric root. Remove the citrus peels.
STEP TWO: Start the juicer on Low speed and juice the lemons.
STEP THREE: Swap the juicer to Turbo speed and add the oranges, turmeric root and ginger root.
STEP FOUR: Pour into an airtight jar or serve immediately.
How to Drink It
Because the energy shot can be quite strong, the best way to drink it is like a shot! Tilt it back and swallow the whole thing. I like to measure it into actual shot glasses of 50 mL (pictured are double shot glasses).
You can always drink this ginger and turmeric shot as if it were a turmeric juice. It really depends on your taste buds! I suggest trying it as a shot first before pouring a huge glass.
FUN FACT: Did you know the only state with a determined shot size is Utah?
How do I Make this in a Blender?
If you don’t have a juicer, no problem! Make sure to peel the ginger and turmeric. Then combine the ingredients in a blender - for ease I recommend juicing the lemons and oranges prior to blending to reduce the pulp. It's even better if you have a smaller blender attachment.
Blend all the ingredients together and then strain into an airtight container. Because the pulp can get thick, I use a spoon to squeeze out as much juice as possible. You can use a cheese cloth or nut milk cloth to strain if you have those.
Stronger or Sweeter?
- To make this turmeric wellness shot even stronger, you can add black pepper and/or cayenne pepper. If you try the recipe as is and feel you can handle more heat, start with a pinch of either (or both) per shot.
- If this ginger shot is TOO strong, you can add manuka honey or pineapple juice to accentuate the sweetness in the drink.
How to Store Leftovers
This recipe makes about 1-week of turmeric shots. Store the juice in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge and pour into shot glasses or cups when ready to take it.
Fresh juice is always at its best when consumed immediately or within a few hours.
Freeze fresh juice in an ice cube maker. When frozen into cubes, remove from the ice cube mold and place in an airtight ziplock or freezer bag.
Frozen juice lasts 2-3 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can use powdered versions of the two spices in this wellness shot. If you do, I suggest adding some more liquid like a coconut water or more citrus juice. Powdered spices are less potent than the version with the root.
You can absolutely take this shot every single day.
There’s no need to peel the ginger or turmeric root prior to juicing this recipe. Simply make sure that the ginger and turmeric are thoroughly washed.
If you are using the blender for this recipe, then I recommend peeling the ginger and turmeric.
You can add cayenne pepper or black pepper to make a ginger turmeric shot stronger. I suggest trying the recipe as is prior to adding any more heat.
Other Juices & Wellness Shots
Ginger Turmeric Shots
- Juicer or Blender
- 2 Oranges
- 2 Lemons
- 4 Pieces Turmeric 2 inches each
- 2 Pieces Ginger 2 inches each
- Wash the ginger and turmeric roots thoroughly.
- Remove the peels of the oranges and lemons. You can do this by cutting the “butts” off each side and then placing the citrus flat on on peeled bottom. Then cut downward along the skin to remove as much peel and as little flesh as possible.
- Start juicer at Low and add the peeled lemons.
- Switch the juicer setting to Turbo once the lemons are juiced, and add the orange pieces, turmeric and ginger.
- Pour into airtight container and/or serve immediately as a turmeric shot (50mL or ~2 OZ) or juice. If storing in airtight container, place container in fridge for up to 1 week.
- Remove the peels of the ginger and turmeric roots. Cut both ginger and turmeric roots into ½” chunks. (Be careful of turmeric stains. When handling, use gloves or it may stain your fingers. Avoid using a white cutting board as well)
- Juice the lemons and oranges directly into the blender.
- Add the chopped ginger and turmeric roots into the blender with the freshly squeezed lemon and orange juice.
- Blend until smooth.
- Strain into an airtight container. You can also use a nut milk cloth or cheesecloth to strain. Press on the pulp with a spoon, or squeeze (use gloves). Discard pulp.
- Pour into airtight container and/or serve immediately as a turmeric shot or juice. If storing in airtight container, place container in fridge for up to 1 week.