When considering what type of beverage to share for New Year’s Eve celebrations this year, my mind initially went to mocktails. They’re fruity and booze-free—what’s not to love? Well, if I’m honest, I’m typically not a huge mocktail fan because they’re usually just sugar bombs (there are exceptions).
Then I thought, “What would be something I’d actually be excited to drink if walking into a NYE party?” Answer: Healthy shots. Call me a grandma, I don’t care. That’s how I roll these days.
Are you with me? If yes, let’s get our anti-inflammatory on.
Lately I’ve been gravitating toward juice with a high vitamin C content, seeing as it’s flu season. And I’m also always looking for ways to get more turmeric, ginger, and lemon into my system. Why, you ask?
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which boasts amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects (source). And it’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years for conditions such as breathing problems, joint pain, fatigue, digestive issues, and more.
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that’s 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 black pepper helps boost the absorption of turmeric by up to 2,000%. Yes, 2,000! (source)
We’ve also learned this juice is similar to a tonic called Jamu that has a history of use as herbal medicine in Bali. So cool!
Once your juice has been extracted, it’s time to add that magical black pepper to the mix and throw one (or two) back.
We hope you LOVE these shots! They’re:
& Super tasty
If you’re into these flavors, I know you’ll love these wellness shots! However, if you’re looking for similar benefits with a less intense bite (the ginger can be intense!), try our 5-Minute Vegan Golden Milk or 3-Ingredient Turmeric Tonic instead.
If you’re looking for more NYE beverage inspo, check out our Pear and Cranberry Champagne Cocktails, Orange-Infused Whiskey Gingers, Easy Traditional White Sangria, or our fan favorite Easy Traditional Red Sangria!
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NOTE: Updates made to improve blender method 1/2/19
Lemon Ginger Turmeric Wellness Shots
- 1 small orange (add 1-2 more oranges for added sweetness / omit and add another lemon for less sweetness!)
- 2 small lemons (add 1-2 more lemons for more acidity / reduce by half and add another orange for less acidity!)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh turmeric (peeling optional)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh ginger (peeling optional)
- 1/8 tsp fresh black pepper
- 1/4 tsp oil (such as extra virgin, optional / to help improve turmeric absorption)
- JUICER: To a juicer, add orange, lemon, turmeric, and ginger (depending on the juicer, you may need to peel the orange and lemon – our Hurom does recommend peeling before juicing, so that's what we did).
- Add a little water if it has trouble blending but you shouldn’t need any. Then strain through a clean thin dish towel, small fine mesh strainer, or nut milk bag. Just be aware that turmeric can stain.
- FOR SERVING: Divide between serving glasses and enjoy! For maximum benefits, enjoy immediately and top with fresh cracked black pepper. One commenter also recommended adding a little fat to improve turmeric absorption, such as olive oil!
- FOR STORING: Store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 24 hours (though best when fresh).
- LEFTOVER PULP: You can compost any leftover pulp or freeze into an ice cube try and add to future smoothies. Or, refrigerate and use to steep in things like my Ginger Turmeric Tonic!