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.
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.
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.
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.
- Juice bars
- Whole Foods
- Pressed Juicery
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.
First, peel the ginger. A vegetable peeler works well. Peel the lemon and pith with a paring knife.
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.
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.
- 1 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled
- 1 lemon, peeled
- pinch ground cayenne pepper
- organic liquid stevia, to taste (optional)
- 2 oz. water
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: 17 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 2mg Carbohydrates: 6g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g