Are you looking for a healthy home remedy to get you through the winter? Then you’ve come to the right place! This recipe for a fruity and spicy immune-boosting ginger shot is one of my oldest classics. I got the inspiration for it from a wonderful stall at the weekly market at Winterfeldtplatz in Berlin. Since then, it has delighted family and friends alike and, be it my imagination, contributed to a cold-free winter or two. I usually only drink the ginger shot in the cold season, I don’t feel the need for it in summer.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory effects, helps with nausea, joint and muscle pain and can improve insulin sensitivity if you have type 2 diabetes mellitus (1). Also, feel free to check out my post on strengthening the immune system.
Note: Ginger (along with garlic, licorice and others) is one of the inducers of the cytochrome P-450 system. This means that drugs that are metabolised via this system are broken down more quickly and thus their effect is weakened. As these are some medicines, it is advisable to consult your doctor and have a look at this list if you regularly consume larger amounts!
The original recipe consists only of ginger and a little honey, in my version I add fresh fruit (apple, lemons) and leave out the honey. The „shot“ refers only to the quantity, alcohol is not included – although it would certainly not be bad with a small sip as an aperitif or digestif. But then it no longer falls into the „healthy“ category.
For this recipe you need a juicer or a strong blender (if you use a blender, add some water first and strain the liquid through a fine sieve after blending if you don’t want any chunks). The liquid will keep for at least 3-4 days in the fridge, after which the taste will change slightly – if you drink it on its own, it’s better not to make too much at once.
Recipe for an immune-boosting ginger shot, approx. 200ml:
Ingredients for the ginger shot
1 large piece of ginger (about the size of your thumb and index finger together)
(of course everything in organic quality, as the peels are used as well)
Wash everything, peel the lemon, cut it into pieces and run it through the juicer (or blender, then add some water), strain if necessary, stir and enjoy the first shot right away (be sure to drink it from a shot glass, then it’s even more fun :)). You can really feel the spiciness slowly moving down your throat and immediately releasing endorphins (2). At the same time, the apple and lemon give it a fruity, refreshing taste.
If more sweetness/acidity is desired, simply add more apples or lemons. In the end, you should get a bottle like this:
The recipe is absolutely changeable – I have often made it with carrots, orange and beetroot – all delicious!
Do you have your own immune booster recipe? Tell me about it in the comments! And feel free to check out my other recipes for more inspiration 🙂
1. Jiang TA. Health Benefits of Culinary Herbs and Spices. J AOAC Int. 2019;102(2):395-411.