Since pandemic winters are a whole other beast - lots of inside time, colds, flus, stuffy noses, dry air, etc. – I've been trying to incorporate lots of natural immunity boosting, inflammation fighting foods into our daily diet. Every time I'm at our local farmer's market, grocery stores, or vitamin shop, I pick up a basket full of "shots". No vodka in sight though.
They're normally a combination of ginger, turmeric, vitamin C, or apple cider vinegar in a highly concentrate shot amount that we take at lunch very consistently. Most of the good quality ones are strong enough to make your eyes water and your jaw ache, but they are FILLED with the things that have kept our bodies and systems strong. But the kicker is they're expensive. Like $4 per shot expensive.
I, personally, have no problem paying for it because can you really put a price on a healthy body? But since we take them almost every day it's hard to have enough all the time. I wanted to play around with some recipes to make them myself. I can't get them quite as strong as the ones we take, but I was really happy with the final outcome on this green ginger shot and it will be a great substitute when we run out of the others.
If you're looking for an easy way to make homemade ginger shots, I wanted to break down my process for you.
Ginger Shot Ingredients
- Fresh ginger
- Coconut water
You really could use anything for this recipe. I would just say make sure you have fresh ginger it makes a big difference!
I want to try apple cider vinegar instead of coconut water next time and add in some turmeric tablets into the mix too.
Benefits of Ginger
I'm a big believer in the power of healthy, organic, nourishing foods for healing our bodies. I definitely believe in doctors and modern medicine, but also have a foot planted firmly in the holistic medicine world after seeing how it healed my body after a very sick year during college.
Ginger and turmeric are ancient spices that absorb quickly in the body and are natural pain relievers, inflammation reducers, and immunity boosters. I'm no doctor, but a quick Google search will show you the power of these two spices.
I try to make ginger shots as strong as possible so normally I use an entire knob of ginger when I'm making the shots.
Additions to Your Ginger Shots
You really can add anything you want to your shots:
- apple cider vinegar
play around with ingredients you like to make the taste more enjoyable. I loved the addition of fresh pineapple into the mix for a bit of a citrus bite. Coconut water is a great natural source of electrolytes but if you don't have any on hand normal water or in a pinch juice works as well. You just will want a bit of liquid in with your cut up produce.
How to Make the Ginger Shot
It's such an easy and fast process. I don't have a juicer so mine takes an extra step, but honestly it's very easy to do without a juicer too.
- chunk all your ingredients and add them to your blender
- peel your ginger and add it in as well
- add your liquid
- blend – make sure you have a powerful blender for this. You want to get everything as fine as possible. I have the Beast blender which did an amazing job!
- Take some cheese cloth and cover a bowl with it (I just got mine off Amazon)
- pour your blended mixture onto the cheese cloth
- squeeze out the liquid
- you're left with juice!
A Few Notes
- Definitely plan on adjusting the recipe to your personal taste. There is no wrong or right way to do this. No amount of liquid is too much or fruit too little.
- My latest Reel walks through the process visually of how I make the shots
- If you have a juicer you won't need a cheese cloth, but I do love that you don't need another appliance (if you have a blender) to still make them!