This homemade ginger juice is bold and refreshing with the warm heat of ginger balanced out by a hint of sweetness from honey. Take it as a shot for its health benefits, or add it to cocktails or other juices, teas, or drinks.
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Highlights of this recipe
This recipe is:
- Limited ingredients
- Ready in under 15 minutes
- Fresh and delicious!
To juice ginger, you will need either a high speed blender or a juicer.
For this homemade ginger juice recipe, you will only need 3 ingredients: ginger root, water, and honey. The honey will add some sweetness to mellow out the harsh flavor of pure fresh ginger.
- You can swap out raw honey for agave syrup in this recipe to make it vegan.
- Add in extra flavors to your ginger juice like pineapple, cucumber, or fresh lemon juice.
- Combine it with fresh herbs like mint.
- You can also substitute maple syrup or granulated sugar (like coconut sugar or regular sugars) instead of honey, but please be reminded that all sugars add a slightly different taste.
What is ginger root?
Ginger root is a rhizome from the ginger plant, a tropical flowering plant. In the culinary world it is used for its pungent peppery and warm flavor.
You will find it used as a flavoring agent in marinades, salad dressings, juices, sauces, cocktails, and so many other dishes. It is also used to make ginger drinks like ginger beer and ginger ale.
Grated ginger can be used in savory dishes in a similar way you would use garlic. You can mince it with a garlic press or fine grater.
Many people also use ginger root for its antioxidant properties as well as its anti-inflammatory properties. I love ginger for the bold pop of flavor it adds to dishes and drinks.
Do you have to peel ginger before juicing?
To peel or not to peel? Ginger root has a thin skin that is easy to remove. The need to peel it depends on the method you are using to juice.
If you are using a blender to juice ginger, peeling is highly recommended. The blender isn’t removing the peel, rather shredding it. Peeling the ginger will make it easier to get the juice. You can easily peel the root with a spoon or vegetable peeler .
If you are using a juicer to juice ginger, you do not have to peel it first. Before juicing ginger with a juicer, make sure you clean it well of any dirt or debris still remaining on the root. After all, ginger grows in the ground, so clean it thoroughly like you would a potato.
How to make fresh ginger juice at home
It may be difficult to find ginger juice in grocery stores, but luckily it's easy to make your own ginger juice at home. Plus fresh juice is always better when you make it yourself!
There are a few different options to make ginger juice. You can use a juicer but if you don’t have one, you could also use a blender.
How to make with a juicer
To make ginger juice with a juicer, first thoroughly wash the ginger root, removing any dirt and debris. You want the ginger root to be clean since peeling is not necessary when using a juicer.
Slice the ginger into smaller pieces that can easily pass through your juicer funnel, about 1 inch chunks.
Turn the juicer to Turbo setting and add the pieces of fresh ginger root to the juicer.
Make sure to do one piece at a time or ginger may get stuck. If ginger root does get stuck, turn off the juicer and remove ginger root from the tube, then restart the process.
Once the ginger is juiced, add water and honey and stir well to combine.
For more information on juicing, check out 8 Juicer Recipes for Energy.
How to make with a blender
Although a juicer is the preferred method, you can also make ginger juice without a juicer.
To make ginger juice with a high-speed blender, first wash the ginger root.
Next peel the ginger root by using a spoon.The thin skin should easily peel off.
Cut the ginger into about 1-inch pieces.
Add 3.5 cups of water and peeled ginger root to a high-powered blender .
Blend the mixture until smooth.
Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or fine strainer , making sure to press on the pulp to release all liquids.
Add honey to the ginger juice, and stir to combine.
Alternatively you could also use a food processor .
How to store + serve
Fresh juice is best when consumed immediately or within a few hours. I prefer to let my juice get slightly cold in the fridge for 30-minutes before drinking.
If you need to store the juice for later, drink it within 72 hours, but most recommended in the first 24 hours.
How to freeze
If you won’t finish the juice within the recommended 24-72 hours, you can freeze any leftovers. Freeze fresh juice in an ice cube tray. 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.
How to serve
There are a lot of delicious ways to serve up this ginger juice. Here are some ideas.
- Serve it cold - You can serve this juice as is chilled for a refreshing drink.
- Serve it hot - Warm up the ginger juice and sip on it like tea on cold days.
- Serve it as a shot - It is great as an immunity booster or energizer in Ginger Turmeric Shots or Blender Lemon Ginger Cayenne Shot.
- Add it to tea - Would be delicious in ginger tea, served hot or cold.
- Add it to other juices - It goes great with other flavors, like pineapple in Simple Pineapple Ginger Immunity Juice.
- Use it in cocktails - Ginger is a classic flavor in cocktails like the the Best Mexican Mule (aka Tequila Mule).
- Use it in other drinks - Try it in this super refreshing mint ginger lemonade.
What to do with leftover ginger pulp?
When juicing ginger, you will be left with some ginger pulp. Don’t throw it away! This pulp still has tons of ginger flavor.
- Freeze leftover pulp in an ice cube tray to save for later.
- Add a cube or two of frozen ginger to savory dishes to add extra ginger flavor.
- Use it in a ginger latte with some creamer or milk.
- Make a ginger tea - Combine ½ - 1 cup of ginger juice with 1 cup of hot water, depending on desired strength of ginger. Add a sweetener if desired.
- Make simple syrup for cocktails and mocktails! Check out my Raspberry Simple Syrup recipe for instructions on how to make your own simple syrup.
- Add to smoothies for a kick of heat! Try it in this Sour Green Apple Smoothie.
- Use in vegetable broth like in How to Make Vegetable Stock from Leftover Veggies.
Frequently Asked Questions
The honey in this juice recipe should help balance out the spicy ginger. If you find the taste of ginger juice to be too pungent, you can dilute it with other juices. Try adding it to fresh orange juice, pineapple juice, or coconut water for a more balanced flavor.
It is not recommended to make ginger juice from ground ginger powder. The taste of ginger powder and fresh ginger are different, and ground ginger powder won’t make a tasty juice.
If you have leftover ginger pulp after making juice, you can easily freeze it in an ice-cube tray. Store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Yes, it is recommended to wash ginger before juicing. Ginger is a root, so it grows in the dirt. Wash it well to remove any remaining dirt and debris.
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How to Make Ginger Juice (Juicer + Blender Recipe)
- 15 ounces fresh ginger root
- 3.5 cups water
- 3 tablespoons honey
- Cut ginger into pieces that can easily pass through your juicer funnel. (No need to remove the skins)
- Turn juicer on to Turbo setting and juice all ginger root. Make sure to do one at a time or ginger may get stuck. (If ginger root gets stuck, turn off juicer and remove ginger root from the tube and then restart process.)
- Add water and honey to ginger juice and stir well to combine.
- Peel the ginger root by using a spoon.
- Add water and ginger to a high-powered blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Strain mixture through a cheesecloth or sieve, making sure to press on the pulp to release all liquids.
- Add honey to the ginger juice, and stir to combine.
To Make Tea
- Combine ½ - 1 cup of ginger juice with 1 cup of hot water, depending on desired strength of ginger.
- Add sweetener if desired.