Ginger has many health benefits, and incorporating ginger into your diet could help with things like nausea, bloating, and inflammation. Ginger is also full of antioxidants that help your body protect itself from free radicals that damage cells. Small studies have also shown that drinking ginger tea can help with weight loss in men. Taking ginger shots can help keep you healthy, and they’re also tasty.
When to take a ginger shot
You can take ginger shots anytime during the day. However, I prefer to take ginger shots when I wake up in the morning because it’s easy to remember. Taking ginger shots when I’m sick also helps to clear my nasal passages–it gives a good burn and allows me to breathe a little easier.
Ginger shot ingredients
What’s great about making ginger shots at home is that you can add many ingredients to customize your ginger shots that you don’t necessarily have at the juice store or market.
Ginger shots can be as simple as one or two ingredients depending on your appliances at home: ginger and/or water. If you’ve got a juicer at home, all you need is ginger. However, some of us only have a blender, so you need a little liquid, like water, to blend the ginger root.
Here are some of my favorite flavor additions to ginger shots:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Citrus (lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruits)
- Berries (strawberries, blueberries)
- Coconut juice
- Orange juice
- Sweeteners (honey, maple syrup)
- Cayenne (if you like a kick)
My favorite method to make ginger shots
My favorite method of making ginger shots is using my Vitamix blender and straining the pulp. I don’t have a juicer at home, but it’s as easy to make and clean up. If you have a blender (I use the Vitamix 2500) at home, you can easily make this recipe instead of spending $5 per ginger shot at Whole Foods vs. 50 cents per shot at home.
My current favorite recipe for ginger shots is ginger roots with the peel on, water, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, limes, and honey. I make enough for 3-5 days worth of double shots for me and my partner in the mornings. Note when I add turmeric to my shots, I add a pinch of black pepper to enhance the bioavailability of the turmeric when digesting.
How many ginger shots to take a day
You only need to take one ginger shot per day. I wouldn’t take more than one because it can cause heartburn due to the acidity. Experts warn to eat no more than 6 grams of ginger per day because this can cause gastrointestinal issues.
Ginger Shot Recipe
- 3 oz (85 g) ginger root fresh
- .84 oz (23.8 g) turmeric fresh
- 1 ½ c (354.9 g) filtered water
- ½ c (116 g) apple cider vinegar
- ¼ c (50 g) lime juice
- 1 tbsp (21 g) honey
- pinch ground black pepper per shot
- pineapples or pineapple juice
- coconut juice
- orange juice
- maple syrup
- mixing bowl
- measuring cups and spoons or weighted scale
- jar or container with a lid
- Combine all the ingredients except the pepper in the blender. Blend until incorporated and there are no lumps.
- Lay the strainer on top of the mixing bowl and pour the ginger shot mixture over the strainer.
- Use a spoon or spatula to press out the juice from the pulp through the strainer.
- Pour the ginger shot mixture into a jar or make ice cubes to freeze.
- Note: before taking a shot of the ginger turmeric juice, make sure to add a pinch of black pepper to enhance the bioavailability of the turmeric when your body digests it.