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Two glass mugs of our Turmeric Tonic drink on a wood cutting board
4.91 from 33 votes

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
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Category: Beverage
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Bring to a simmer (not a boil) over medium to medium-high heat (~3 minutes). Then turn off heat.
  3. 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.
  4. Store (strained) leftovers in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days. Reheat on the stovetop until just warm.

Notes

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

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 2)