Make a ginger lemon shot in your blender, easily and for pennies! Create a detox wellness shot to boost your immunity, metabolism, energy, mood and more.
Ginger-Lemon Shots! Without a juicer! Sometimes there IS a quick fix!
This power detox combo can be created using a blender, no juicer necessary.
And why would you want to take this daily? So many reasons – immunity, detox, even weight-control.
Studies show that this shot also clears mysterious issues to skin, supports muscles, assists digestion, helps with nausea, is an anti-inflammatory, cleanses, detoxes and provides antioxidants.
And you probably have seen these shots ready-made at the grocery store, right? Whole Foods and other grocery stores stock ginger-lemon shots by brands like KOR and JUS. But they are expensive – $3 at least for two ounces. Made at home in your blender, your shots will cost a fraction of that, even if add in the optional cayenne pepper and coconut water.
Is Ginger Really Healthy?
Yes! Ginger, one of the most common ingredients worldwide, has long been used to solve medical issues, ranging from colds to hypertension. An NIH recent study on ginger says that in recent years the root has gained popularity – and rightly so – for its preventative and detox strengths.
And let’s not forget the lemon. This bright citrus fruit kicks up your immune system as well and your vitamin C levels to lofty heights!
And both energize you! Easy to make, try it daily – before breakfast – especially in the winter months to boost immunity. But also try it as an afternoon pick-me-up. One of these shots at 3pm wakens my brain much faster than chocolate.(ok but I still love chocolate)
What Makes Ginger Burn?
I know what you might be thinking. Isn’t ginger is a bit burny going down? Yep, a bit, but not quite like chili peppers. If you want, chase down your shot with a glass of water, or even drink it diluted in an entire glass of water if that feels better.
Why is ginger so hot? It holds a substance called “gingerol” and yes, that is hot, but much less hot than the capsaicin found in searing chili peppers, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry. Plus the bright taste of lemon actually smooths the edge. I hope you give this recipe a try!
Power it: Add Cayenne Pepper and Coconut Water
Add a pinch of cayenne pepper and use unsweetened coconut water to power up this recipe of ginger-lemon!
Cayenne pepper is known to boost metabolism, reduce hunger and even support digestive health. Meanwhile coconut water – unsweetened, fresh from the coconut version – is loaded with important nutrients that are often short in the average diet of today.
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Ginger-Lemon Shots Blender Recipe - Sometimes there IS a quick fix!
Make a ginger lemon shot in your blender for pennies. NO juicer needed. Boost your immunity, metabolism, wellness, energy, mood and more. The resulting 1/2 cup of ginger-lemon recipe makes 4 (1-ounce) wellness shots.
- 1/4 cup fresh raw ginger knobs (peeled, chopped)
- 1/2 cup lemon juice (squeezing 3-4 lemons should produce about 1/2 cup juice)
Optional Power UP
- 1 pinch of ground cayenne pepper
- 2 tbsp coconut water (reduce lemon juice by 2 tbsp if you intend to use coconut water in this recipe)
Preparing Ginger (3 ways)
There are three ways to prepare the ginger for the recipe, depending on how strong you want the ginger flavor. I have listed methods below starting with least strong ginger flavor to strongest.
FIRST METHOD (mild heat): Using the edge of a spoon, you can scrap away the skin from the chunks of ginger (doesn't have to be perfectly clear of skin), chop the ginger into rough chunks, and then press each chunk through a garlic press (see equipment list above) and put ONLY the resulting juice in the blender. There won't be much juice per chunk, so this option is least burny.
SECOND METHOD (medium heat): You can follow procedure above and toss BOTH juice and pulp from garlic press action into the blender.
THIRD METHOD (strongest heat): You can wash the ginger, chop it roughly, and toss it skin ON into a high speed blender. Since you are straining away the pulp this might work for you but only if you have a very strong high-speed blender such as a newer Blendtec or Vitamix
Juice the Lemons
- Once you have your fresh ginger in the blender, it’s time to juice the lemons. First WARM the lemons to get the most juice out of them.Either microwave for 10 seconds, or let the lemons sit in a bowl of hot water. Cut the lemons at angle for optimum juice extraction. Use a hand or bowl juicer also to be sure to extract the most juice.
Just a note: it is best to juice fresh lemons, not use bottled lemon juice which is missing nutrients from being processed.
Make the Shots
When you have both ginger and lemon in the blender, it’s time to blend. (If you are intending to add cayenne pepper and coconut water, add it now.)
Blend the chopped/pressed ginger and lemon juice until fairly cloudy, then pour this mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pushing the pulp against the screen with the back of a spoon to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Save the pulp refrigerated to add to a fruity smoothie mixture within 24 hours.
Store your Juice
Store the juice you gathered in the refrigerator for 1 week.
The general recommendation for drinking ginger-lemon shots is to drink 1-2 ounces a day, typically in the morning before drinking or eating anything else, and be sure to drink it all at once.
I use a glass straw and try to avoid getting the lemon on my teeth since lemon can wear away enamel, and the straw makes drinking it very fast and a non-event. But you can have a glass of water right after to wash away any burning if you'd like.