In the supermarket, the so-called ginger shots have been all the rage for some time. They are supposed to strengthen the immune system in the cold season and taste nice and spicy. If you like it fresh and cheaper, you can easily mix the small drinks yourself: making ginger shots yourself is easy and cheap.
The hot root ginger has long been popular as ginger tea, ginger water or ginger juice – and of course as an accompaniment to Asian dishes in particular. No wonder, since ginger has a very healthy reputation: it contains many vitamins, as well as magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium. This is one of the reasons why ginger has played an important role in naturopathy and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), in some cases for centuries.
Ginger shot: Kick for the immune system
Despite the fashionable name, ginger shots are actually just ginger juice, which – mixed with other juices – is sold in small bottles in the grocery store. Especially in the cold season and during the corona pandemic, many people drink the shots to strengthen their immune system.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money for little goods, you can simply make ginger shots yourself. Another advantage: The fresh juice from your own blender usually contains more nutrients than the preserved products from supermarkets, discounters and drugstores.
The recipe: Make your own ginger shot
What you need for your homemade ginger shot:
- 100 g fresh ginger
- 2 lemons or 200 ml lemon juice (alternative: juice from other citrus fruits)
- 100 ml apple juice (naturally cloudy)
- optional: 50 ml sweetener such as honey or agave syrup
- optional: 1 tsp cinnamon or turmeric
And this is how you proceed:
- Peel and dice the ginger.
- Squeeze the lemons.
- Blend all the ingredients in the blender.
- If the consistency is too thick for you, filter the juice again through a sieve.
Store the resulting liquid in the refrigerator, where it will keep for a few days. It is enough for around ten ginger shots, which you can drink in small glasses – or fill into small bottles for on the go.