A very wise man once said, “Do not throw away your shot.” Sure, that wise man may have been Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton—and it may have been during a hip-hop song about the American Revolution—but the founding father could’ve been rapping about a daily shot of ginger. Right?
While you can find ginger shots pretty much everywhere these days, making one at home is surprisingly simple.
Okay, maybe not, but even Hamilton had to have known that ginger is one of the best superfoods you can introduce to your daily routine, and that the anti-inflammatory immune booster in its original state is even more powerful and anti-nauseating than a glass of ginger ale. But rather than downing a hunk of raw ginger every morning (yikes), there’s a more enjoyable option: the ginger shot.
While you can find ginger shots pretty much everywhere these days (Whole Foods, Juice Press, maybe even your corner store), making one at home is surprisingly simple. Try these three DIY blends tomorrow morning—Broadway cast album optional.
Scroll down for 2 ginger shot recipes that just might give your morning routine a healthy jolt.
“The ginger is so soothing for the digestive system,” the food blogger says. “It’s quite spicy, though, so it’s nice to mix it with the lemon, as the lemon really takes the edge off the spice.”
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 large knob (50 grams) of ginger
Peel the ginger, then put it into a juicer and collect the juice. Squeeze the lemon either by hand or using a citrus press. Mix the juice of the ginger and lemon together, then drink the shot—don’t sip it though, as it’s not the most delicious thing!
The lifestyle blogger says she takes this shot on an empty stomach in the morning, and then downs two more throughout the day. “I actually enjoy drinking it warm, right after I made it,” she says. “It’s fabulous and calms down your entire body and mind.”
300 grams (10 1/2 oz.) of ginger
1 sliced lemon
2 Tbsp of honey
1 small tea bag
Juice the 3-4 lemons and set aside. Peel and slice the ginger into small pieces. Boil the ginger and sliced lemon in 1.5 liters (6 1/3 cups) of water for 30-45 minutes with the lid on. Turn off the heat and add the tea bag, the honey, and lemon juice. Leave to rest for 30 minutes before straining it to remove the sliced ginger and lemons. If stored in the fridge, the concoction should be good for a week.
Immunity-boosting shots are all the rage: Hilary Duff is all about that early-morning ritual, and juicing guru Heather Tierney won’t start her day without one.