Some shots are awesome for your health, haha, especially when using nonalcoholic ingredients like fresh ginger and turmeric root, lemon, orange and cayenne pepper. These ingredients, when juiced and taken right away on an empty stomach, are amazing for your health.
I did some shots when doing my juice cleanse. I did first thing in the morning before my first juice. It was nice to have. It’s spicy, but not too much as there is orange juice in it, and warm your entire body. You will feel so good after this. The orange juice makes it palatable. Sometimes, I do ginger, lemon and cayenne only, or even just ginger, but this recipe is actually enjoyable to have. I gave one to my husband who doesn’t like anything spicy, and not even a little bit, and he kind of enjoyed it. The recipe makes 4 shots. He had one. I had three.
Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold. It helps fight infection. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants effects due to the main bioactive compound in ginger, gingerol. It’s also known to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and improve heart health.
Turmeric is a spice that is found fresh and ground, just like ginger. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Unfortunately, it’s poorly absorbed in the bloodstream but the consumption of black pepper at the same time increase dramatically its absorption. This is why we usually combine black pepper with turmeric. Turmeric is good for brain health and immunity. It’s known to help prevent heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, and may improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.
Citrus fruits are very rich in vitamin C. Orange provides a nice sweet taste to the shots while fresh lemon juice is alkaline to the body, improve skin health, supports weight loss and aid digestion.
To make these healthy juice shots, you will need. a juicer – not a blender.
I use an horizontal omega juicer, which I absolutely love. I have tried so many juicers and this is by far my favorite.
You can enjoy these shots at any time of the year, on a cleanse or not, but it has to be on an empty stomach. You wait a few minutes and then you can eat if you want.
Ginger, Lemon and Turmeric Shots
- 1 orange, peeled and chopped
- 1 lemon, peeled and cut in quartered
- 2” ginger
- 2 small turmeric roots
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Turn on your juicer and juice orange, lemon, ginger and turmeric.
- Add black pepper and cayenne, stir, divide between shot glasses and enjoy.