Ginger Shots

5 from 70 votes

These spicy, citrusy ginger shots combine ginger, turmeric, lemon, and honey to help you boost your wellness routine!

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Made with fresh ginger root and turmeric root plus lemon and honey, these zippy Ginger Shots are guaranteed to spice up your day–in a good way! They’re so simple to make, with no need for fancy juicing equipment. Instead, these ginger shots need only a high-powered blender and a strainer. Are you ready to up your wellness game? Here’s how to make ginger shots!

Ginger shots in small glass bottles on a wooden table with lemons and ginger roots nearby.
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Concentrated with immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory ingredients, ginger shots are such a simple way to look after your health. The ginger, turmeric, and lemon provide a triple boost of protective antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, ginger has gut-soothing properties that can soothe an upset stomach and alleviate nausea. Basically, these ginger shots are a sunshine-yellow, concentrated boost of goodness!

You may have seen ginger shots in stores, but they’re so expensive! The good news is that once you know how to make ginger shots at home, you’ll love how you can enjoy their benefits for a fraction of the cost. You can even make up a big batch and freeze them for easy ginger shots anytime.

Recipe At a Glance

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Primary Cooking Method: No-cook
Dietary Info: Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free
Key Flavor: Spicy ginger
Skill Level: Beginner

Summary

  • Intense punch of flavor: If you really love ginger, you’re in for a treat! But you should know these ginger shots are definitely intensely flavored and best enjoyed in small amounts–hence being served as shots. The lemon and honey do help to balance the flavors, but you might find you want to adjust the amounts of ginger and turmeric to your taste. 
  • Easy to make: No fancy juicer needed! All you need is a high-speed blender and a strainer, plus a few minutes to make them.  
  • Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties: Ginger and turmeric are well-known for their health benefits, and these ginger shots bring a concentrated amount of them! Lemon juice contributes vitamins and antioxidants, too.
  • Save money: Homemade ginger shots are way less expensive than store-bought!

Ingredients to Make Ginger Shots

Ingredients for ginger shots: Ginger, turmeric, lemon, and honey.
  • Ginger: Choose fresh ginger root that is smooth and firm with thin skin.
  • Turmeric: Fresh turmeric root is smaller than ginger and slightly darker brown. Like ginger root, turmeric root is best when firm and not shriveled or wrinkled.
  • Lemon: Lemon juice adds a bright, citrussy kick to these ginger shots.
  • Honey: Optional, but recommended to help mellow out the acidity of the lemon and tame some of the spiciness from the ginger and turmeric.
  • Use dried ground turmeric: If you can’t find fresh turmeric root at your grocery store, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric in your ginger shots. Note, however, that the flavor may be more intense because turmeric root is generally milder than dried and ground turmeric.
  • Switch up the citrus: Lime juice or orange juice are both delicious in lieu of the lemon in these shots.
  • Bring the heat: Add a generous pinch or two of cayenne pepper, to taste, if you’d like your ginger shots to have an extra spicy note.
  • Add coconut water: For a gentler ginger shot, thin it with some coconut water. You’ll still get the health benefits, but it won’t pack quite the intense flavor punch.
  • Add freshly cracked black pepper: Black pepper has a compound called piperine that helps to your body absorb turmeric.

How to Make Ginger Shots

  1. Add the ginger, turmeric, and lemon juice to the pitcher of a high-speed blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and deep yellow in color.
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to make it smoother.
  4. Drizzle in the honey and stir until dissolved.
4-image collage of making wellness shots: 1 - Half-way peeled ginger, turmeric, and lemon juice in a blender before blending; 2 - After blending and smooth; 3 - Mixture in a fine mesh sieve over measuring cup (for easy pouring); 4 - Final product in measuring cup while drizzling in honey.

Tips for Making the Best Ginger Shots

  1. Peel the ginger and turmeric before adding it to the blender: It’s not strictly necessary, but when you peel your ginger and turmeric first, your ginger shots will blend smoother with less to strain out.
  2. Maximize the lemon juice: Before juicing your lemons, roll them firmly on the countertop to help loosen the membranes inside for easier juicing. Use a handheld juicer or reamer to get as much juice as possible out of each lemon.
  3. Use shot bottles: These cute shot bottles are the perfect size for ginger shots. Pour the ginger shots into each bottle using a funnel, then store in the refrigerator until ready to drink.
Ginger shots in an ice cube tray with lemons and ginger roots nearby.

How to Store Ginger Shots

To store your ginger shot liquid, transfer it to an airtight container or individual shot bottles and store in the refrigerator. They will be chilled and delicious when you’re ready to drink them.

How Long Will Ginger Shots Last in the Fridge?

Ginger shots will last up to one week in the refrigerator.

Can I Freeze Ginger Shots?

Yes, ginger shots freeze perfectly. Pour the liquid into ice cube trays and transfer to the freezer. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a freezer bag or airtight container. Ginger shot cubes will last for up to 6 months. To thaw, place in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight, then consume within a week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to strain my ginger shots before drinking?

No, they do not have to be strained. If you are okay with a thicker consistency, it’s fine to enjoy them straight out of the blender, without straining them.

Do ginger shots help boost your immune system?

Reports vary, but some say that ginger contains antiviral and antibacterial properties to help boost the immune system. The compounds in turmeric are thought to boost antibody responses, and lemon juice contains beneficial Vitamin C.

Does ginger help with nausea?

Likely, yes. Ginger is widely believed to help settle the stomach and quell nausea and, historically, it has been used extensively for this purpose.

Close-up of ginger shots in small glass bottles with ginger nearby.

Ginger shots are a fast and easy way to get a dose of antioxidants and add an energy boost to your day! They’re so simple to make, without any fancy equipment, and can be made ahead of time and frozen for easy ginger shots anytime.

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Ginger Shots

These spicy, citrusy ginger shots combine ginger, turmeric, lemon, and honey to help you boost your wellness routine!
5 from 70 votes
Servings 12 servings
Course Beverages
Calories 17
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
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Total Time 5 minutes
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Ingredients
  

  • 2 inches fresh ginger washed
  • 2 inches turmeric root washed
  • 12 ounces lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey optional

Instructions

  • Peel the ginger and turmeric, if desired. Then, transfer them to a high-speed blender along with the lemon juice.
  • Blend until the mixture is smooth and bright colored.
  • Strain the mixture to make it smoother, if desired (please do), then stir in the honey, if using. Pour into 2-ounce bottles to enjoy throughout the week or pour into an ice-cube tray or molds of your choice to freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

Storage: To store leftover ginger shots, transfer the liquid to an airtight container or individual shot bottles and store in the refrigerator. Refrigerated ginger shots will last up to one week.

Nutrition

Serving: 2oz, Calories: 17kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 0.4g, Saturated Fat: 0.3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 35mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 2IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 0.04mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Beverages
5 from 70 votes (66 ratings without comment)

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  1. Sue A says:

    Excited to try this. Can I use organic dried Turmeric? If so how much?
    Thanks

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Yes, dried turmeric will work! Use 2 teaspoons.

  2. Aksana says:

    Such an easy recipe and it doesn’t cost much to do it. Easy to upgrade it to meet personal preferences. Thank you for sharing

  3. Emily says:

    Been wanting to try these for a while and made them today. They do pack a punch. I think if I were to do it again, I’d add more ginger (I love ginger so just a personal preference). Overall they are great!

    1. Yumna says:

      Thanks for your feedback!

  4. Meredith says:

    Is it as effective with dried turmeric?

  5. Sharon says:

    Wonderful combination of flavors. Thank you.

    1. Yumna says:

      So glad you enjoyed these, hope they give you a boost of energy during the long cold winter months!

  6. Felicia Walker says:

    Absolutely the business, fantastic simple recipe so easy to make.