Having ginger shot a day seems to be a hot habit now. And when I say hot I mean it in both ways. 🙂
More and more celebrities swear by the miracles ginger shots are doing for their bodies. The good news is that you can also have ginger shots and you don’t even have to buy them – you can make them in the comfort of your kitchen.
What’s the Deal with Ginger?
Ginger is a root plant, mostly known and used in Asian cuisine. It’s used as both a spice but also as a natural remedy.
It gained its popularity due to the bold, spicy flavour, but also because of its health benefits.
Ginger is a miracle plant that has lots of health benefits:
- it’s anti-inflammatory
- it boosts your immune system, which means that is a natural weapon against cold and flu
- improves digestion, cardiovascular health and inflammation
It sounds really promising, but all these come at a cost: the taste. Ginger is super spicy. You either love it or hate it. I personally can’t have ginger tea, that’s why I’m having it as a shot.
Also ginger is in a serious relationship with lemon juice. You will always see these two together. And the reason is simple: together they’re stronger. Meaning in boosts your immune system better.
Since I live in an area with quite cold winters, catching a cold or flu is quite common. So I decided to try to make my own ginger shot for cold and test its benefits on myself.
Servings: 6-8 | Prep. Time: 20 mins | Waiting Time: n/a | Cook Time: n/a | Difficulty: Easy
- 2 big, juicy lemons;
- 2-3 tablespoons of honey;
- 25 grams of ginger – I like my shot to be quite concentrated and I will admit that it is spicy (burning spicy). So you can lower the quantity;
- a blender
- a grater – optional (you can add the ginger grated if you don’t have a blender)
1. First, squeeze the juice from the lemon (or lemons) and strain it. You can leave the pulp in, but there will also be tiny bits of ginger in it so it might be too thick to drink.
2. Add the lemon juice and honey into your blender.
3. Chop ginger roughly and add it to the blender as well.
4. Mix everything for 30 seconds to one minute. Honey is quite thick and you want it to be well incorporated (trust me). Also, ginger has quite a hard texture and it won’t be turned into a paste or something close to that consistency. You will still be able to feel some really small ginger bits in the shot. I like to strain it because I don’t like the ginger bits.
If you follow this recipe, you will end up with a sweet, yet spicy ginger shot. If you add 3 tablespoons of honey it will definitely be sweeter.
In case you haven’t tasted ginger by now, let me warn you. It is spicy! I personally don’t like it, that’s why I consume it in shots. With this recipe, the shot will be sweet at the beginning. But don’t let yourself fooled! It will still be super spicy by the time you swallow it. If you didn’t have ginger until now, I advise you to lower the ginger part in the recipe.
If the drink is still too spicy for you, you can dilute it with some water.
This recipe will give you 6 to 8 shots of ginger, depending on your shot glasses. This is enough for two people for almost a week of daily ginger shots.
Keep the remaining drinks in the fridge.
I started drinking ginger shots a few weeks ago when I was feeling quite bad. I was feeling like I was about to catch a cold and I didn’t want that to happen before finals. Also, I don’t have them daily, because I’m not sure it’s 100% healthy to have them on a daily basis. Anyway, in the end, they actually kept the cold away and all I get is a runny nose when I go into a warm place.
Have you tried having ginger shots? I have to admit that they’re not for everyone.
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Note: Please don’t take this natural remedy for granted. It is not medicine! Ginger, lemon juice and honey are proven to help boost your immune system and help fight against colds, but it won’t substitute medicine. Also, note the benefits of this drink depends on other factors such as your overall health and immune system. Please visit your doctor if you caught a cold!