Ginger shots! Find out how to make lemon ginger wellness shots at home. A natural homemade cold remedy with anti-inflammatory properties that may help soothe the stomach.  As a reminder, I’m not a nutritionist and don’t make health claims – read my full disclaimer  here

A small glass jar filled with a yellow ginger shot or wellness shot.


Well, that didn’t take long. The kids have just gone back to school and already bugs from stomach flu to cold are going around. I started to have some sniffles this week and since my daughter and I are running in the super fun She is Beautiful 5k this weekend, I had to get rid of them ASAP. 

Last cold season I was constantly picking up probiotics and ginger shots. You may have seen ginger shots in tiny plastic bottles in the grocery store. This year I’m planning to make them myself, which is less expensive, tastier, and more eco friendly since there’s no plastic waste. 

A lemon ginger shot with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper on a marble countertop.

Ginger Shot Benefits 

If you’ve ever had morning sickness like I did for three months, you’ve probably tried ginger as an anti-nausea agent. According to the book Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects, “Ginger has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of numerous ailments, such as colds, nausea, arthritis, migraines, and hypertension. The medicinal, chemical, and pharmacological properties of ginger have been extensively reviewed.” You can read more about the health benefits of ginger here. Ginger shots, like most other wellness shots, are incredibly strong. 

  • Antioxidant 
  • Anti-inflammatory 
  • Antinausea

Wellness shots from Pressed Juicery on a marble countertop. Turmeric Vitality shot and Elderberry shot.

Where to Buy Ginger Shots

If you don’t want to make your own, you can buy ginger shots at the following places, depending on your location. They are usually found in the refrigerated supplement section.  

Fresh ginger on a small plate with lemons in the background. These are the ingredients for a ginger shot recipe.

Ginger Shot Recipe

You really only need two ingredients for ginger wellness shots: fresh ginger and and a lemon. As they are usually too strong and spicy for me as-is, I like to water them down a bit, so they are more like sippers than shooters. You can also add a whole peeled orange for a sweeter, milder shot. 

A green vegetable peeler peels a piece of fresh ginger.

First, peel the ginger. A vegetable peeler works well. Peel the lemon and pith with a paring knife. 

A juicer making ginger shots.

Pop them both into your juicer and juice following manufacturer’s instructions. The amount of juice will be very small, as ginger is just not all that juicy. Try to use the freshest, least shriveled ginger you can find for maximum juice. See all our HEALTHY JUICING RECIPES

How to Make Ginger Shots Taste Better

Wellness shots typically don’t taste very pleasant. If you want tasty, try our Lavender Lemonade. There are some things you can do to make these shots a bit more tolerable, however. I like to add a little water and a couple drops of liquid stevia, or a peeled orange. They are more like a really concentrated ginger lemonade that way than a shot. 

If you like these ginger shots, be sure to check out our other wellness drinks. 

Yield: 2 shots

Ginger Shots

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes

This ginger shot recipe with lemon and cayenne is an easy wellness shot.

A small jar filled with a ginger shot sits on a countertop.


  • 1 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • organic liquid stevia, to taste (optional)
  • 2 oz. water


  1. Place the peeled ginger and lemon in a juicer. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to juice. A very small amount of juice will come out.
  2. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper. Drink as a small shot (warning, it will be very strong and spicy) or dilute with water and sweeten to taste with a couple drops of stevia.
  3. If not consuming immediately, store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.


1. Wellness shots typically don't taste very pleasant. There are some things you can do to make these shots a bit more tolerable, however. I like to add a little water and a couple drops of liquid stevia. They are more like a really concentrated ginger lemonade that way than a shot. Another great option for a sweeter, milder shot is to add a peeled orange.

2. If you don't have a juicer, chop the peeled ginger and blend with a little water and lemon juice in a blender, then strain.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 17Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your favorite calculator.