A perfect way to pack the goodness of ginger, turmeric, and some fruit together, is to make ginger turmeric shots. Not only visually appealing in the yellow colour but also great in taste and a way to boost the immune system. Also, they are so easy to make! In this recipe, the shots are a combination of apples, orange juice, ginger, and turmeric.
Ginger is a great ingredient not only in this shot but generally in both savoury and sweet recipes - it is also known to reduce inflammation and is great for digestion and nausea. Turmeric has long been used in India and is a known anti-inflammatory and its beautiful yellow colour comes from curcumin, the active ingredient.
Another, perhaps sweeter but still healthy alternative is this tangerine, pineapple and sugarcane drink. If you are more of a smoothie person then you can try these recipes: banana-spinach smoothie or mango, moringa, ginger smoothie.
If you tend to use a lot of ginger in your everyday cooking then a great way to store ginger in bulk is by freezing it.
Even though this is a ginger turmeric shot recipe, there is still the need to add some fruit to get a well-rounded end result. There is no hard and fast rule for which fruits to use but it is best to use those that have high water content and then mix that up with the ginger and turmeric.
Ginger and turmeric are quite potent on their own and so need to be used in small quantities. Unless of course, that is exactly what you are looking for.
The steps for these ginger turmeric shots are fairly easy. The turmeric and ginger are grated and I find that using fresh turmeric is better and more fragrant than using powdered turmeric. Turmeric can stain your fingers so you may want to wear gloves for that or simply protect your fingers. It does fade out after a couple of vigorous handwashes.
If you don't have a juicer, and I don't, blend the apples with the orange juice and then strain to get a lovely mix of apple-orange juice. Add the grated ginger and turmeric to the juice into a bottle or container with a lid and shake until well incorporated.
That's basically all there is to these very delicious and revitalising shots!
The most important ingredients for this recipe are ginger and fresh turmeric. Apart from that, you can easily substitute the fruits. As long as the end result tastes good, you are good to go.
- Pineapple, tangerines - instead of using apples and oranges, you can use pineapples, tangerines, grapes or any other fruit for the liquid base of these shots.
- Honey - if for some reason, your shots are not sweet because your fruits aren't sweet (and you want the sweetness by all means) you can add a little bit of honey.
Optimally, consume fresh. I have however stored this for at most 4 days in the fridge without any problems.
Turmeric can stain your fingers, and if that worries you, you can wear gloves or grab the turmeric with a paper towel while you grate it, to keep your fingers clean.
If you want shots without any ginger or turmeric bits in them, you can strain the mixture before serving.
Ginger Turmeric Shots
- 1 teaspoon ginger grated
- ½ teaspoon turmeric grated
- 1 apple
- 3 oranges
- Juice oranges and remove seeds.
- Core and chop apples.
- Blend apples together with orange juice and strain them into a jug or bottle.
- Grate turmeric and ginger and add to the contents of the jug or bottle.
- Mix everything with a spoon. If you have a bottle with a tight-fitting lid, shake until all the ingredients are properly mixed.
- Pour into shot glasses. Cheers!
- You can opt to strain again after you add the grated ginger and turmeric to get smoother shots.