Healing 3-Ingredient Turmeric Tonic

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Two mugs filled with 3-Ingredient Turmeric Ginger Tonic

Ahhh, October is here and I couldn’t be more excited to get in cozy mode – a.k.a. living in sweaters and sweatpants and drinking all the turmeric tea tonic I can get my hands on. Let’s do this!

Wood cutting board with ingredients for making 3-Ingredient Turmeric Ginger TONIC

First of all, what is a tonic? Good question! It’s a ‘medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of vigor or well-being.’ (source)

And while the benefits of medicinal plants are becoming increasingly recognized in modern society, they’ve been around for a long time. Using plants for healing purposes is a part of Ayurvedic and Unani traditions (source) as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine (source).

I used to think of “tonic” as tonic water. But when I realized that it related more to a healing beverage or substance, I’ve been calling this recipe a “tonic” ever since!

This turmeric-ginger-lemon variety has been on repeat for some time now, so it was due time I share it with you all. It’s easy to make, requiring just 5 minutes, 3 ingredients, and 1 pot. Healthy and easy? Yeah, now we’re talking.

Saucepan with makings for 3-Ingredient Turmeric Ginger TONIC

The base for this easy tonic is lemon juice, freshly grated ginger, and freshly grated turmeric. You can elect to add maple syrup, but I didn’t find it necessary! The only other thing I prefer is a little kick in the form of cayenne pepper.

Pouring Turmeric Ginger TONIC through a strainer into a glass mug

So what makes this tonic healing? Good question.

Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which boasts amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. (source) Plus, it’s been used in India for nearly 4,000 years and has gained popularity throughout the world in part due to its vast medicinal uses (read more about it here).

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that has been known to aid digestion and relieve nausea. (source)

Lemon is naturally detoxifying and alkalizing in the body, aids in healthy bowel movements, and boasts plenty of Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system. (source)

And cayenne stimulates circulation, boosts metabolism, naturally relieves pain, and can have an alkalizing effect in the body. (source)

See? Told ya so.

Wood cutting board with two glass mugs full of Turmeric Ginger TONIC

I hope you all LOVE this tonic! It’s:

Easy to make
& SO darn tasty

Make this tonic when you’re feeling down or sick, need to destress, need some help in the digestion department, have an upset stomach, or just need something cozy when it’s cold outside.

If you’re into healing foods, also be sure to check out my 5-Ingredient Detox Smoothie, 5-Minute Detox Salad, Turmeric Carrot Ginger Smoothie, Super Green Spirulina Smoothie, Ginger Colada Green Smoothie, Go-To Smoothie Bowl, and Golden Goddess Hummus!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a picture (boomerang or story) #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can see. Cheers, friends!

Side view of two mugs of 3-Ingredient Turmeric Ginger TONIC

Healing 3-Ingredient Turmeric Tonic

A 5-minute, 3-ingredient, 1-pot healing tea tonic with ginger, lemon, turmeric, and cayenne. The perfect way to detox the body, recover from a cold, or relax before bed.
Author Minimalist Baker
Two glass mugs of our Turmeric Tonic drink on a wood cutting board
4.91 from 98 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Course Beverage
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days


  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated turmeric (packed // or 1/2 tsp ground, though fresh is best)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger (packed // or 1/2 tsp ground, though fresh is best)
  • 1 whole lemon (juiced // ~3 Tbsp or 45 ml juice as original recipe is written // plus leftover rind)
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup (optional // can sub stevia or raw honey if not vegan)
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional // or cracked black pepper which many readers have commented helps with the bioavailability of the turmeric!)
  • 3 cups filtered water


  • To a small saucepan, add turmeric, ginger, lemon juice and leftover lemon rind, maple syrup (optional), cayenne (optional), and filtered water. I personally didn’t think it needed any sweetener, but sweeten to taste.
  • Bring to a simmer (not a boil) over medium to medium-high heat (~3 minutes). Then turn off heat.
  • Set a small strainer over serving glasses and divide between two mugs. Enjoy. If the tonic is too potent for you, dilute with more hot/warm water.
  • Store (strained) leftovers in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days. Reheat on the stovetop until just warm.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without cayenne or sweetener.
*Clear mugs from Crate and Barrel. Small strainer from Amazon.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 13 Carbohydrates: 1.8 g Protein: 0.4 g Fat: 0 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 16 mg Fiber: 0.4 g Sugar: 0.6 g

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  1. Sarah says

    This was the ticket. It’s Tuesday and I’ve been down with the flu since Friday afternoon! Also day 9 of no sun in Chicago… defo looking for a pick me up!

    It also helped me salvage a turmeric powder/ raw honey paste I made a few days ago but could not stomach. So I subbed the paste for the fresh turmeric/maple. Thanks for being my go-to for recipes of all kinds!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Sarah! Thanks so much for your kind words and lovely review!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Diana. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  2. MD says

    Does this tonic also help with weight loss? I read that turmeric, ginger and ACV mixed together can assist in this area.

    We modified it a bit, add lemon juice after it simmers down and also add a bit of olive oil (to help with turmeric since it is a fat soluble) and we add a cup of apple cider vinegar into the mix.

    The tonic should be taken warm? Is it better to drink first thing in the morning or after a meal?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      We can’t speak to weight loss benefits. We prefer taking it warm first thing in the morning or in the evening (not with a meal). But it’s up to personal preference.

  3. Jessie says

    I don’t know why I’ve developed some sort of anxiety about turmeric, but it’s probably because I fall asleep every time I make golden milk. But it’s cold and blah in Chicago today and I had to drop medicine off at a friend’s who has the flu, so I was looking to boost my Feeling Good vibes. I halved the recipe and used a whole (small) lemon and 1 tsp of maple syrup. I used powdered ginger and turmeric because it’s all I have (I highly recommend Diaspora Co.’s turmeric) and it wasn’t too strong. I don’t think I finished reading the recipe because I didn’t add black or cayenne pepper so I may miss some of the benefits. Anyway, this is delicious! But the powdered spices kept settling so I’m sure fresh is better.

  4. Amanda Engler says

    This was so comforting! My husband and I returned from our holiday travels with colds, so the tonic was the perfect antidote. I made it exactly as written but used both cayenne and a touch of pepper, as well as a teaspoon or so of honey. Excellent for a sore throat. Adding this to my homeopathic arsenal – thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Amanda. We are so glad you found it helpful! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Feel better soon Xo

  5. Shannan says

    I made this for the first time tonight after too much holiday-ing left me feeling terrible – like I had a stomach flu. My son recommended this and it was delicious, not to mention comforting. I will be making this on a regular basis from now on. I used fresh lemon and ginger, and used organic ground turmeric I had on hand. I also added 0.5 tsp of maple syrup and the cayenne. Thank you!

  6. Freja says

    Surprisingly tasty! Definitely prefer it to my normal brew of just ginger and lemon. Fingers crossed this helps my cold go away.

  7. Cherease says

    I tried this tonic for the first time last night and I have to say that it honestly works. I went to bed with swollen ankles and I have arthritis in both knees. When I woke up this morning, barely felt pain in my knees and the swelling in my ankles have gone down quite a bit. This is my new coffee/tea for daily sipping. I used stevia instead of the maple syrup. Excellent tonic!!!! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! This may be life changing!!!

  8. Jacquie says

    I made this today because I have been buying something similar all week from the store. This is so yummy, I didn’t add any sweetener and I added a pinch of chili flakes along with a teaspoon of peppercorns. Was skeptical of leaving the skin on the ginger and tumeric, but I washed them thoroughly. You don’t notice because you strain it anyways! I can see myself drinking this daily. I might try reducing the amount of water next time to make concentrated shots for travel. Great job on the recipe!

  9. Samantha says

    I was so pleasantly surprised by the taste! I’m not feeling well so I was happy to try anything that might help. I was shocked that I actually enjoyed the taste, so did my husband.

  10. F.Johnsom says

    I started using tumeric and ginger tea for gout 4 years ago after speaking with the owner of the Indian store in my area. I can honestly say that after drinking the tea using either fresh or dried ingredients I haven’t had a bout of gout after using it for about three months. Gout is an extremely painful form of inflammation affecting the joints and makes walking difficult and even impossible at times. As noted in other comments, I saw benefits in quality of sleep as well soothing cough and colds. I am NOT a doctor and this is only my personal experience with drinking tumeric and ginger tea with ground black pepper.

  11. Ewa says

    I make it with fresh lemon, ginger and honey. The only ingredient I heat up is turmeric powder with water. Heating the tumeric suppose to intensifie the benefis. I also ad honey and pepper. I keep it in the refridge and drink a shooter every morning.

  12. Ann Lee says

    All of the comments you wrote above resonated.
    A great alternate to tea or coffee on a wintry evening.
    I used no sweetener and allowed the three ingredients of turmeric, ginger and lemon to shine. I have organic coarse cut ginger which I ground to a powder to make sure I was getting the best.
    Making it a second time tonight.

  13. Sam says

    The only comment I have is it took me 10+ min to bring the 3 cups of tonic to a simmer over a generous medium heat-noy sure where you got the 3 from.
    And I choose to wait, instead of drunk at 3 min, bc it is my understanding the heat will extract the beneficial compounds from the ingredients.
    Otherwise tasty and great recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sam, glad you enjoyed it! Perhaps you have an electric rather than gas stove? Gas stoves tend to heat liquids more quickly.

  14. Elyse says

    Wow! First of all, I must say that I don’t normally leave ratings or comments on internet recipes I find, but this was too good to not say anything. I made this as a detox but was pleasantly surprised to LOVE the taste. After drinking a mug of this deliciousness, I feel so healthy AND full, so it’s perfect when trying to get healthy or lose a few lbs (at least for me)! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! I’m drinking it right now… YUMMY! ?

  15. Natalie says

    Would this work for getting rid of some or most parasites and help to clear your intestinal tract? Also would it aid in helping the liver to heal?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      We aren’t qualified to give personal medical advice. Sorry we couldn’t be of more help!

  16. rebecca Finster says

    I made this today and it is super wonderful. I happened to have a melange of cardamom, turmeric, ginger and clove in a jar, so I also added a rounded quarter teaspoon of that to the recipe. The cardamom and clove add a Scandinavian note to the drink. It is so much better than my usual boiled ginger!!! This one will be a go-to for a long time.
    (I hope it aids my sleep, as another reader posted.)

    • Eva says

      I drink this tonic for 10 months every day. All my pains and aches gone after 3 months. Amazing refreshing and healing drink

  17. Rosemary Scott says

    I don’t like spicy , will this be very spicy to drink it affecats my hiatus hernia and reflux but i have problems with my knees and waiting on surgery for 1 of them also trying to lose weight

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Rosemary, if you omit the cayenne, it will be less spicy. If you find ginger to be spicy, then this may not be the recipe for you. You could try reducing the ginger and see if that meets your needs. Hope that helps!

      • Nancy Berdoza says

        Rosemary, you may substitute cracked Black pepper for the cayenne. Also, you may want to use ground ginger instead of fresh graded ginger; to prevent your …. from flaring.
        Also, I would not optionalize the pepper; as such, it is a vital ingredient to activating the turmerics “healing properties.”
        I hope this helps. ???‍???‍♀️

  18. Jessica says

    Hi Dana,
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful drink. Just wondering how much can I drink this tonic in a day ? I have slight arthritis in my hands.


  19. Debby says

    We love having one of these after a good hard run or a long, hilly bike ride. Perfect way to nourish the body!

  20. David Tampin says

    As you know ‘man flu’ is deadly but thanks to this recipe I might just pull through. Tastes great now the old taste buds are getting back to normal.
    Dave from Prats Bottom, Kent, England

  21. Sharise Smith says

    Hi I have tried your turmeric wellness shot recipe & love it, you had suggested keeping the pulp for this same recipe. My question is, how do you use it in this recipe?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Charise, you could pour boiling water over the pulp to reuse it. Though it won’t be quite as potent as this recipe. Hope that helps!

  22. Kelli says

    Just made this tonight. I added pepper and coconut oil, plus a bit of orange juice.
    Delicious!! Thank you for this, it will be a regular for sure.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Kelli. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  23. Lillian Fernandez says

    I had been feeling kind of down cuz of the weather may be a little bit of depression I was looking for a pick-me-up and something to help me feel better I didn’t have such a good thing at the beginning which was not fun but in the end I felt a lot better I think you very much for sharing this recipe I’m sure it’s something that me and my family are going to be using quite a lot seeing as how I live in cold damp new England

  24. Lisa says

    I have to take the time and thank you so much for this recipe. I love all your recipes but this one has changed my life. I drink a bit every day and ever since the first day my sleep has been amazing after not having slept properly in 6 months. I also feel like a renewed human every day. It is truly healing, thank you so much for this and for everything.

  25. Aaron Logan says

    Making this for my second time (my mommy is sick :( ) and Im left curious: do you peel the tumeric and ginger? Why shouldn’t we let the tonic boil?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Aaron! No need to peel since you strain it anyway. Boiling it can reduce some of the health benefits, which is why we don’t recommend it. Hope this helps!

  26. David says

    I’m new to this but been told to max out on turmeric and thought we would try. I have made twice now and each time added fresh ground black pepper and cayenne and a small drizzle of coconut oil. First time i made with dry powder turmeric but fresh ginger and we think its great and want this every day.. Second time made with fresh turmeric and fresh ginger and added a small stick of cinnamon and wow well done for a great recipe.

  27. Charlotte says

    Made this today with lemon, black pepper, tumeric, ginger, and organic honey. I used dried organic tumeric and dried organic ginger because that’s what I had on hand. Your recipe says fresh is better. Why is fresh better? Great blog. Always a wonderful plant based recipe to try!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re glad you enjoyed it, Charlotte! Fresh is always better as you’ll get the most flavor and nutrients, but dried will work in a pinch!

  28. JMo says

    I love this recipe! I use the cayenne pepper instead of the black pepper as black pepper is a stomach irritant and has also been linked to cancer. The cayenne pepper makes the turmeric bioavailable just like the black pepper except without the harmful side effects.

  29. Nancy says

    Wonderful recipe for cold winter days!
    Add some Apple cider vinegar and drink it cold on hot summer days to transform it into a delicious turmeric switchel!

  30. Vanessa Eidse says

    I dreamt about buying fresh turmeric root as well as fresh ginger root last night… my body telling me something? So I looked up “healing tonic with turmeric and ginger@… I’m excited to try this recipe this afternoon! Love the feedback and comments re: black pepper and coconut oil!
    Curious, I’ve been told that when using lemon juice in teas and tonics, it’s importantvto add it last as heating/cooking it removes a lot of the health benefits… any one else aware of this?

  31. Kim says

    This drink is amazing! Had a really bad cold and very congested. I made this using tumeric powder along with all the other ingredients mentioned. It looked and tasted absolutely delicious and within half an hour I started feeling so much better. I’m so glad I found this recipe, thank you for posting. I’ve finally found something that works wonders and I will be making sure I’ve always got the ingredients to make it as often as I want or need it. Thank you!

  32. Alexandra says

    Turmeric is actually ONLY bioavailable when consumed with black pepper, it doesn’t just merely help. It’s ineffective and benefits are not available if consumed without black pepper. Lovely recipe!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried and can’t say for sure, but I’d recommend ensuring you use freezer-safe jars!

  33. Pam Hill says

    I have been looking for an easy turmeric tea/tonic for inflammation. Almost all of the posts never mention if this recipe works well for that. I have sciatic pain and I am hoping to find something that works almost immediately to help relieve pain rather than taking oral prescriptions that have side effects. Do you know if I would have any immediate pain relief? Thank you.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Pam, we can’t offer any advice or promises on what this tonic can offer in the way of pain relief. We recommend you talk with your doctor about that!

  34. Liza says

    Thank you for the fresh recipe and beautiful photos. As some of the other readers commented, I have also been making a similar morning detox drink with the same ingredients as well as ACV. However, from my health research, to get the full benefits from lemon juice, it needs to be raw (kept below 120°F). If I were to simmer and steep the turmeric, ginger and lemon peels in water, and add the lemon juice at the end after I have strained it and it has had a chance to cool, how much water should I use? Have you considered keeping the lemon juice raw to maxima the benefits?

  35. LeeAnn says

    Thank you for a wonderful recipe!! I’m enjoying it now. It’s a great way to end the day but I might also have it in the mornings. Do you use the leftover pulp for anything? Could I throw it in my smoothie in the am or something else?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re glad you enjoy it, LeeAnn! The pulp is great for compost if you have a garden, but if you try using it in a smoothie, report back! Good luck!

  36. Ann Rostock says

    Oh wow! So delicious! After reading all the great comments, I wanted to make it asap! Had all the ingredients: Squeeze Ginger I had in the frig- somewhat between fresh ginger and ginger powder), Turmeric Powder (my nearby store didn’t have turmeric root, so I’ll stop by W.F.’s next time for the real stuff), fresh lemon, etc. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this tonic; however, I’m now calling it The Magical Elixir Tonic! First time on your website – Can hardly wait to try all more wonderful and healthful recipes! Fabulous! Question – will turmeric stain teeth?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ann! We’re so glad you are a fan! While turmeric tends to stick with whatever it gets on, it shouldn’t stain your teeth as long as you brush regularly!

  37. Hilary says

    UMMM. I’m speechless. This is amazing! I absolutely love the flavor and the way it made my stomach feel. It helped clear digestion and smoothed my stomach within minutes. Definitely keeping this in my list of “go to’s”! Thanks!!

  38. Gwen says

    Just made your delicious 3 ingredients turmeric tea tonic. So satisfying and after reading the comments will make my next batch and add a little coconut oil and pepper. So happy that I stumbled on this recipe. It just has one drawback, my fingers stained from turmeric. I’ll use gloves next time

  39. Tiara says

    I had a fever and headache so I decided to try this recipe as I came across it the night before. Not only does it taste good but IT HEALS. After drinking the tea and going to bed I sweated profusely, which I thought was a good thing. The next morning I had no fever and th3hwadache had subsided. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Dani Smith says

    This was delicious and just the sort of thing I was looking for! I only had a pinch of turmeric powder on hand but it was really yummy and beautiful color. I will be making this again and again! Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      No! Turmeric comes in different colors, sometimes it’s bright orange, other times it’s paler in color. If it tastes good, you’ve done everything right!

  41. Jackie Chorzewski says

    I’m really impressed with how nice this drink made my stomach feel! I have recently tried drinking apple cider vinegar drinks in the morning and was unimpressed. I love the flavor of this drink and it’s calming effect! I will start drinking this more often.

  42. Michelle says

    This was delicious – my boyfriend and I made this to try to fend off a cold and we both love it! Perfectly spicy and so healthy! Definitely going to become part of our routine. Warning if you use fresh turmeric – definitely stains your hands!

  43. Sallie says

    We have been drinking shots made from juicing fresh turmeric, ginger and lemon and adding black pepper every day for a few years in addition to a green smoothie. Both are cold. Recently, my husband mentioned that these cold drinks made him uncomfortable, so I heated up his smoothie. I’m going to make this recipe for him instead of the cold shot from now on. So happy to see this post today!

  44. elizabeth dickinson says

    I made this last week and it was awesome. I still have some in the fridge (5 days later), and it still looks good. I’ve had a small cup here and there. I love it!

  45. Sarah says

    I’m for some reason surprised by how good this tasted! I didn’t have anything fresh though; I did it with powders and lemon juice from a bottle and it was still great!
    Advice I have is to use a coffee filter when using the powders though so it’s not so gritty

  46. Camille says

    I’m suffering a cold right now so I made this tonight. It was quite tart even after I added a bit of honey to my cup. I think next time I’ll use only half a lemon. I added a bit of black pepper to the batch and a touch of coconut oil to my cup and put the rest in the fridge for tomorrow. I hope it makes me feel better!

  47. Bhavana says

    I have all of the ingredients for this in the house! I’ve been meaning to make some kind of tonic with turmeric, I thought about grating it and putting it a small jar of honey. I just got a bottle of raw honey from a local farm just 1/2 mile away here in Kauai & a friend farmer came over for dinner the other night with a whole bunch of turmeric root. But, this looks better than turmeric honey. I could always add the honey as a sweetener or to soothe my throat. I will report back. Thank you!

    • Benita says

      Try sorrels tea as a replacement for lemon or citrus juice. Sorrel is loaded with vitamin c and it’s great with ginger, turmeric, black or cayenne pepper, . Great for anxiety and depression. Lowers cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose. The creator knew what he was doing and what’s best for the body. He designed It. My doctor is all into natural healing and does mind telling me. Please try juicing the lemon, turmeric and ginger you’ll get the full benefit .

  48. Carol says

    This was superb! I didn’t have a lemon so I used a lime and added 3 drops of liquid vanilla stevia and it was a treat and makes you feel oh so good after. Made 2 perfect mugs full (one for me and one for hubby) Delish

  49. Jenn says

    Sounds similar to a lemonade recipe I made recently. Instead of water I used steeped butterfly pea flower tea. It is a beautiful blue color. When lemon Is added the color changes to a purple-pink. Making is yummy and pretty! Try it!

  50. Nina says

    So, so spicy, but I upped the chile ratio to combat an upper respiratory infection. This. HIT. THE. SPOT. Seriously delicious–spicy, sweet, tangy, and best of all–medicinal properties on point. This one will be a staple this season!

  51. Laura says

    This was so yummy and made me feel great! I will continue to make this all fall / winter long :) Next time I’ll make sure to wear gloves though, my fingers are yellow right now – oops!

  52. Dom says

    Just wondering if there is anything I could use instead of lemons or citrus fruit in general? I am allergic to citrus fruit and almost all those healing recipes include them. What can I do? I work in the university and find myself coming down with colds and flues all the time!

  53. ERIN says

    I made this tonight and I really like it! I typically drink hot lemon water before bed so this is a great addition to my nightime routine. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  54. April says

    Love this! I’ve made this two nights in a row and it’s the perfect tonic to sip and relax before bedtime. The boyfriend was feeling sick so I took the opportunity to whip this up and he liked it! He thinks it helped him feel better.
    I added some fresh ground pepper to it. I love the heat the cayenne pepper gives it.
    Thanks for another winning recipe!

  55. Shivani says

    I’ve been drinking this exact tonic for years! I even wrote about it a few years back because it was a life-changer for me! I like a lot of cayenne in mind because the kick wakes me up. After I started, my caffeine cravings went away completely.

  56. Nihada says

    Thanks Dana
    I love this recipes, just have one question:
    Does it need to be cooked? Can we use it fresh?


  57. Cynthia Garofalo says

    Made it today and loved it. Upon reading the other comments about the black pepper and oil, I will add that to my next cup. Thanks Dana!

  58. Rachel says

    This looks so good, and perfect for knocking out those change-of-season colds! Sadly I’m allergic to all citrus fruits (including lemon)- do you have any suggestions for what to substitute instead?

    Thanks so much!

    • Karie Downing says

      Perhaps you could try replacing the lemon with apple cider vinegar vinegar? I’ve used that in hot toddys or to replace the lemon, honey, cayenne hot water drinks in the morning, when out of lemons.

  59. Tawni says

    I made this yesterday, but it wasn’t to my liking. It was bitter and too spicy for me. After adding a lot of sweetener I could drink it.. but I think that likely negated most of the health benefits ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ maybe if I make it again, I will try diluting it.

  60. Cassie Thuvan Tran says

    Lovely recipe! I would probably add a teensy-weensy pinch of black pepper to help activate the antioxidants in turmeric that fight against cancer! Sounds weird, I know, but it works like a charm! I think you only need 1/20th of a teaspoon per 1/2-1 teaspoon of turmeric!

  61. Ed says

    Hi Guys!

    I just wanted to say congrats on your awesome website, beautiful photos, and inspirational words!
    You guys are really awesome, and I love receiving your new recipes!

  62. Naydean says

    Let me start off by saying, whoa! I made a double batch, read the comments about adding black pepper and coconut oil and as soon as I took one sip my eyes lit up. I hope it helps me sleep and soothes some of these pains I’m having, but the taste alone is superb! Thank you, ladies.

  63. Sandi Campbell says

    I have seen Fresh Ginger in the grocery stores but I don’t recall ever seeing fresh Tumeric. Is that hard to find or have I just been overlooking it?

  64. Dana Iyer says

    Hi…just like the rest..I have to say that in any herba Indian medicine black pepper is used , never cayenne pepper..Thanks Dana…always inspired by you. Dana too

  65. Steph says

    Thank you for this! Perfect timing as I’m home sick today- and kudos to you for so many things! Since eating plant based for the last 2 months I come to you often! Great recipes??❤️

  66. Jasmin says

    I wasn’t feeling well when I woke up, but I have a full day of phone meetings I could not miss. This recipe came to my email just in time! I didn’t have a lemon, so I made it with an orange instead. I added the cayenne and am LOVING it! Thank you for a timely, tasty recipe.

  67. Myranda says

    I just made this almost instantly after I seen the post. I have not had seasonal allergies before so this has been a little rough for me. I love coffee and warm lemon water, but in the middle of the afternoon I am searching for something else. THIS IS IT!!! It’s warm, fragrant, and I personally added a stevia packet to mine to sweeten it up. PERFECT for calming these sinuses and satisfying on a rainy day like it is here! Thank you!

  68. Emily says

    Hi there! Can you make one batch of this for the week or do you recommend making daily/nightly? Looking forward to trying this Fall/Winter!


    • Lisa says

      I don’t usually leave comments but I just had to for this wonderful addition to my morning routine. I have MULTIPLE autoimmune diseases including crohn’s, celiac, and lupus just to name a few and a friend suggested I try this. I have been making it for MONTHS and I love it. I add a bit more cayenne and instead of maple syrup, I substitute honey. Thank you so much for this along with all your other wonderful recipes!!!

  69. Coutnie says

    I just made this with garlic and added to chai tea to mask that awful garlic taste. The pressure in my ears and my foggy head have cleared up. Thank you SO much!! Now back to work.

  70. Cecilia says

    I was scrolling through Instagram, and as soon as I saw the pic I thought “I need to try this”. The result is even better than I expected it to be. Refreshing, delicious, healthy! Thank you very much for the lovely recipe!

  71. Megan says

    I used to make a (cold) juice using fresh turmeric, ginger, and lemon to enjoy with breakfast in the mornings. Never thought to prepare it warm! Looking forward to trying this out (especially now since these mornings are so chilly!)

    • Debbie Roddick says

      I boil my lemons skin and all and add turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, honey and apple cider vinegar in a pot then I put into blender and have a glass morning and night topped up with water. Quarter mixture 3/4 water and ice. Decreases appetite while it fills me up and I simply dont have any desire to have snacks during the day. Love it.

  72. Alicia Arkell says

    This looks gorgeous. I’ve always been told that for turmeric to really work, it must be ingested with fat and black pepper (hence golden milk lattes). Is this just hogwash? Or do you recommend taking this tonic with a meal?

    • annette wass says

      no its not hogwash – the curcumins in turmeric are normally only absorbed in small amounts but as you say the addition of somekind of fat -eg coconut oil – and black pepper greatly increase absorption

      • Michaela Bower says

        If drinking your tea warm just add a tea spoon of coconut oil to your cup of tea. Keep it stirred as you drink. I have not tried this recipe but I have drank other teas with coconut oil in them and it is good.

        • Kayla says

          Hello there Michaela!
          As I was scrolling through the comments, I was wondering if coconut oil would work for this recipe! (Cause I want my turmeric to be fully absorbed) And then I see your comment pop up! lol perfect timing.
          I was curious to know if you find that you feel nauseous at all with adding in the coconut oil? I’ve heard mixed reviews on adding it to beverages, so I just thought I’d ask. :) hopefully you read this!! Thanks.

          • Polly says

            Weetabix warm milk some sweetness and then melt a spoonful of coconut oil, you’re welcome!!! Srsly tho it’s gorgeous!!

    • Emily says

      I was wondering the same thing. I know the turmeric tablets and powder I have include black pepper. This looks amazing and all the things my body needs…but also curious if black pepper is needed.

      • Brenna says

        Same thought. I was wondering if the cayenne could substitute for black pepper, and after looking, I don’t think so. If you want your body to better absorb the inflammatory fighting benefits of tumeric, add some black pepper. Otherwise, this tonic looks scrumptious!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi ladies! If you’d like, feel free to add a little coconut oil and black pepper! I kept mine simple and just enjoyed the soothing flavor and warmth of the drink. But I think those would be lovely additions!

    • achanda says

      this is true! i am married to an Indian-Pakistani and their culture has been using tumeric for many, many years now. we typically use black pepper and some sort of fat (i use coconut oil or milk since i am vegetarian) in order to get the best result for using tumeric.

    • Christina says

      Every source I’ve ever seen says that for best absorption turmeric needs to be consumed with black pepper….and that the addition of fat is helpful.

  73. Analida Braeger says

    My husband makes a similar concentrated juice from apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, cinnamon, turmeric and cayenne. He dilutes about 2 Tbsp on a glass of water and drinks it each morning. I am going to see if he would consider switching to yours. It looks a little less harsh and better flavors. Thanks for sharing!