This drink is a great winter beverage for a cold/flu season. You can enjoy it warm as a turmeric-ginger tea, but it’s also delicious cold, as a refreshing ‘lemonade’. The most important is that it makes a warming and powerful cold remedy and a natural boost for your body. It’s rich in vitamin C, has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
This beverage is very quick and easy to prepare. Once it’s used, I just top it up with a hot water, so you can easily reuse it 2-3 times and just add some fresh lemon juice and honey to enrich the flavour. Here, in Canada we are in the middle of the cold winter season and I make a fresh supply of it regularly every week. I’ve notice that when it’s cold I don’t drink as much water, as I should, so this drinks helps me to stay hydrated, plus it tastes lovely.
Normally I don’t use any sweetener, but some honey or maple syrup works with it wonderfully. Also you need to adjust the intensity of the drink to your personal preferences. In the recipe below, I use quite a lot of turmeric and ginger root, as I use it as a ‘concentrated base’ for the drink. I usually fill around 1/3 of cup with this ‘mixture’ and then dilute it with a freshly boiled water. You can slightly change the flavour by adding a freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice. My new favourite combo is juice of 1 lemon + 1 orange. You can use turmeric and ginger powder instead of fresh ones, but the taste will probably be less intense and rich. While there is nothing wrong with dry spices – there are quick and convenient, fresh spices rock and they really boost the taste and make a magic happen, so if you can get them I would highly recommend, you won’t regret it.
So why this so powerful and what makes it to be a super drink?
Turmeric contains curcumin – chemical compound, which helps body to fight inflammation. Turmeric provides many health benefits – boost immunity system, protects and prevents against the development of illness and disease (source).
Ginger contains gingerol – substance with powerful medicinal properties, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, and can help lower the risk of infections. (source).
Lemon is an excellent source of Vitamin C – a vitamin and antioxidant, which enhances immune system, protects against various diseases and increase the absorption of iron (source).
Goji Berries contain healthy antioxidants known for their immune-boosting qualities (source) and add a delicate hint of sweetness to this drink.
Cinnamon is high in antioxidants, has an anti-inflammatory and immunity-boosting abilities (source).
Black pepper enhances bioavailability (absorption in the body) of turmeric by 2000% (source).
- 1/4 cup ginger root, peeled and cut into small pieces
- 1/4 turmeric root, peeled and cut into small pieces
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 anise star
- 10 goji berries
- pinch of black pepper
- 4 cups water, freshly boiled
- 2 lemons or 1 lemon & 1 orange, juiced
- honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)
Place turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, anise star, goji berries and pinch of pepper in a glass bottle or jar. Pour in the water. Let it cool a bit and then add the lemon juice. Seal the bottle and let it infuse for at least 8 hours, preferably place overnight in the fridge.
To serve fill around 1/3 of cup with turmeric-ginger drink and add some boiling water for a warming hot drink or cold/sparkling water and enjoy it as a refreshing 'lemonade'. Add honey to taste, stir and enjoy. The taste will intensify within time, so adjust the ratio of turmeric-ginger drink and added water to your personal taste. Keep in the fridge for up to one week.
Use some other citruses (or mix of different ones) like lime, orange or grapefruit, for a slightly different yet awesome flavour.