The Best Ginger Juices - Recipes & Health BenefitsPublished Date:
Although it may not look like it, ginger root has many powerful health benefits. Fresh ginger is rich in gingerol, which has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger had been used for thousands of years as a natural medicine because of its extensive health benefits. It has been found to reduce nausea, whether it’s from seasickness or morning sickness, and is said to support weight loss and increase the speed at which the stomach empties.
Studies have also found that ginger can also help reduce menstrual cramps, alleviate pain from osteoarthritis, and lower blood sugar levels.
On top of all these health benefits, fresh ginger juice has a beautifully clean yet fiery taste that is great for making refreshing and delicious drinks.
Here are 5 different ginger juice recipes that capture ginger's zingy refreshing taste and the many health benefits of ginger juice!
Zingy Ginger Shot
This fiery little ginger juice recipe is guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs and leave you feeling refreshed, awake, and alive!
Ginger shots have become increasingly popular as a healthy, natural, and refreshing way to boost the immune system, detoxify the body, and reduce inflammation. To make your own you’ll need a powerful blender and a strainer.
This ginger juice recipe contains four powerful ingredients: fresh ginger root, cayenne pepper (which is said to support healthy digestion and circulation), lemon juice (packed with vitamin C), and coconut water for antioxidants and a sweetness that balances the three strong flavors.
Wash the ginger and chop it finely without peeling. For each fresh ginger juice shot, you’ll need 1 inch of ginger and equivalent amounts of freshly squeezed lemon juice and coconut water. Add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to this.
Blend until smooth then strain through a strainer. Ginger is quite fibrous so this is an important step to remove those stringy fibers from your fresh ginger juice! Use the back of a spoon to press down the ginger fibers accumulating in your strainer to squeeze out all the precious juice.
To save time, you can make a pitcher of this ginger juice recipe and keep in the refrigerator so it is ready for you each morning. Have fun experimenting with different ratios and variations on this core recipe to discover your favorite way to harness the benefits of ginger juice!
Probiotic Ginger Beer (Non-Alcoholic)
This drink is deliciously warming during winter and sweet and refreshing on a hot summer's day. As a fermented drink, homemade ginger beer does not only provides all the benefits of ginger juice but also has probiotic properties.
Unlike shop-bought ginger beer, this homemade version contains less sugar and no nasty preservatives or chemicals. This recipe requires fresh ginger root, lemon juice, cream of tartar, granulated cane sugar, active dry yeast, and good old H2O!
To make this ginger beer, you will need a 2-liter plastic bottle, sterilized with boiling water so that the ginger beer is not contaminated during fermentation.
Start by washing, peeling, and grating fresh ginger until you have ⅓ cup’s worth. Place this ginger in a large pot along with ¼ cup of lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of cream of tartar, and 4 cups of filtered water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn it down the heat and let it simmer for ten minutes.
Turn off the heat, add 1 cup of sugar, and stir until dissolved. Then add 5 more cups of cold filtered water and turn off the heat. Once the liquid in the pan has cooled to around 75°F, add 1 teaspoon of yeast and stir. Once the yeast has dissolved, place the pot in a warm dark place, such as an airing cupboard, and cover with a kitchen towel.
After the mixture has been left for 3 hours to ferment, take it out and strain the liquid through a strainer, then pour into a clean 2-liter plastic bottle. Do not fill the bottle because the Co2 produced by the fermenting liquid will fill this space.
Put the bottle back in the dark warm space and leave for 2-3 days. Check on your ginger beer 3 times a day by loosening the cap temporarily to let out any pressure. If you do not do this, the pressure build-up can cause the bottle to explode!
As the ginger beer ferments, the sugar is metabolized by the yeast. The longer you leave it to brew, the less sugar it will contain and the drier your ginger beer will taste.
Yeast colonies will settle at the bottom of the bottle and on the top. You can spoon off the yeast on the top and decant your ginger beer slowly to stop the yeast at the bottom from getting in your drink. Serve your home-brewed non-alcoholic ginger beer with ice and a slice of lime and enjoy!
Restorative Ginger and Lemon Tea
Due to its natural hot and fiery kick, ginger can be incredibly warming when made into tea. Homemade ginger and lemon tea is a great natural remedy for a sore throat or flu as it is packed with vitamins and other benefits of ginger juice!
For each mug of tea, you will need 1 inch of fresh ginger. Wash and finely slice the ginger then place it in a pan with 1 cup of water for each mug of tea you plan to make. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then gently simmer for 10 minutes. Strain, add a thin slice of lemon and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, stir, and enjoy!
Energizing Ginger and Carrot Smoothie
Smoothies are an easy and delicious way of getting your 5 a day. Adding vegetables to smoothies has quickly become a new craze, but you can take your fruit and veg smoothies up a notch by adding spices. The turmeric and fresh ginger juice in this drink add flavor and a wealth of vitamins and antioxidizing nutrients!
Blend together 2 sliced carrots, three peeled satsumas, 1 sliced banana, 2 inches of finely chopped ginger, 1 tsp of ground turmeric, and 1 cup of filtered water.
If you want to give this smoothie a creamy ice cream-like texture, try putting the banana in the freezer for 2 hours before making the smoothie.
Refreshing Sweet Pineapple, Ginger & Lime Juice
This tangy drink is a deliciously thirst-quenching way to enjoy the benefits of ginger juice on a baking hot summer's day!
Despite its sweet-and-sour taste, this ginger juice recipe contains only natural ingredients, all bursting with antioxidants, vitamins, and nutritional goodness!
The fresh lime and fresh ginger juice give this naturally sweet drink an extra sharp and fiery kick that will leave your senses tingling!
To make 4 glasses of this delicious drink, juice 1 pineapple, 2 oranges, and 3 inches of fresh ginger. Add 1 cup of coconut water and the juice of 1 freshly squeezed lime to the mixture, stir well, then serve over ice.
Share this drink with friends, store it in the refrigerator, or pour it into ice-pop trays and freeze to create all-natural homemade ginger and pineapple ice pops!
To Wrap Up
These five recipes offer five distinct ways to harness the health benefits of ginger juice through delicious and nutritious fresh ginger juice beverages. Whatever the occasion or time of year, there is a ginger drink that is perfect for making your tastebuds zing and give your health a helpful boost!