These 6-ingredient ginger shots (with pineapple, orange, and cayenne), are potent with immune-boosting, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits. They can be made in a blender or juicer!
Tropical Ginger Immunity Shots with Pineapple, Orange, and Lime
Healthy shots, whether immunity shots, detox shots, energy shots, etc., have grown in popularity over the last few years and are now a staple in most health food stores, cafés, and coffee shops. They’re packed with good-for-you ingredients ready to provide a concentrated burst of benefits. However, store-bought versions are not only less fresh but come with a hefty price tag ($4+ for a single shot?! Yuck!). Luckily, it’s incredibly simple to prepare your own ginger shots, and you don’t even need a juicer!
These concentrated immune booster shots are robust, tangy, slightly sweet, and spicy. They’re made with just a handful of fresh inexpensive ingredients, a blender and strainer, take just minutes to prepare, and are loaded with beneficial nutrients. In fact, this is the perfect wellness shot recipe to boost energy, mood, immunity, metabolism, and more!
Ginger Shot Benefits
What are ginger shots good for? The ginger shot benefits are plentiful thanks to a careful selection of ingredients. It’s a perfect combination for boosting immunity during cold and flu season and keeping you feeling your best year-round!
Ginger: Fresh ginger root is the star of the show, and for good reason. Along with its zingy, spicy kick, it packs a punch with plenty of antioxidants and health benefits. It’s anti-inflammatory, aids digestive health, is cold and flu busting, and may improve brain and heart health and lower blood sugar levels.
Studies show it may also reduce period pains, fight infections, and aid digestive issues such as bloating, indigestion, and nausea. Use young ginger for a milder flavor.
Orange: Orange juice is tangy-sweet and rich in antioxidants and nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, and folate. The combination might be beneficial for decreasing the risk of kidney stones and inflammation, while it may improve heart health.
Lime juice (or lemon juice): This adds a bright, zesty flavor, and it’s a wonderful detox ingredient. Lemon and limes are antibacterial and antiviral and can help to balance your body’s pH level and increase iron absorption. They also help to promote healthy skin. AVOID bottled juice for this recipe!
Pineapple: Pineapple add a wonderful sweetness but also contains plenty of antioxidants plus several vitamins and minerals, including impressive levels of vitamin C, manganese, and copper. It also contains the plant compound bromelain, which is anti-inflammatory, may boost the immune system, and contains gut-health benefits.
Cayenne pepper: A pinch of cayenne is perfect for seasoning food with a kick of heat, but also boasts several health benefits. It’s anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants, can improve circulation, and may even help with various issues like tummy upset and coughs during cold and flu season.
My recipe also includes coconut water, which helps blend the ginger juice and dilute the shot with a subtle sweetness and several vitamins and minerals. Use water or more orange juice, if preferred.
You can read more about the benefits and downsides of ginger shots on Healthline!
You could use several ingredients to further boost this ginger shot recipe.
- Turmeric & black pepper: This ingredient can increase the antioxidant capacity in our bodies, and may be beneficial to heart health, blood pressure, inflammation, brain function, mood, and more! Use half turmeric root and half ginger in the immunity shots.
- Sweetener: If you find the flavor of the homemade ginger shots a little strong, maple syrup or a sugar-free syrup will work to sweeten the juice.
- Grapes or apples: To add natural sweetness and help mellow the flavor of these homemade ginger shots.
For the full ingredients list, measurements, complete recipe method, and nutritional information, read the recipe card below.
How to Make Ginger Shots?
- First, wash and scrub the ginger root before chopping it into small pieces. There’s no need to peel it since you’ll strain the immunity booster shots.
- Then, slice each orange in half and squeeze them until you get ½ cup of orange juice. Also, juice the limes (3) or lemons (2) for ¼ cup of juice.
You can do this with a citrus reamer or fork/spoon. Roll it against the kitchen counter to make it easier to juice.
- Transfer all the ingredients to a blender and blend until fairly smooth.
If you have a juicer, there’s no need to juice the various ingredients separately. Instead, just chop them down to fit the juicer chute and feed them through the machine.
- Pass the ginger shot mixture through a fine-mesh trainer or nut milk bag to remove unwanted fiber/solids.
- Finally, transfer the ginger shots to small glass shot tubes or glasses – enjoy!
Fridge: Fresh juice recipes are best consumed immediately for maximum nutrient absorption and health benefits. However, you can store any immune booster shot leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to a week. The potency will decrease over time as it oxidizes.
Freezer: If you want to store the ginger shots over a long-term period while retaining as many nutrients as possible, the freezer is your friend. Freeze the juice in the measured ‘shots’ in an ice cube tray for up to 3 months. Allow an ice cube to thaw overnight in the fridge.
Shake the shots before consuming them each time.
My favorite way to consume ginger shots is in one go (not sipping). However, if you struggle with the potent flavor, you could mix it into other drinks:
- Like sparkling water
- Add to iced tea
- Mix into smoothies
When to take ginger shots?
The shot of ginger is most beneficial on an empty stomach when it’s most easily and quickly absorbed into your system. I drink a shot first thing in the morning, 20-30 minutes before breakfast.
How many ginger shots a day?
When you start consuming homemade ginger shots, I recommend starting slowly. One shot is more than enough in the beginning. Once your body is used to the ingredients, you can increase the dose slowly.
Do ginger shots have side effects?
In general, all the ingredients in these ginger immunity shots are healthy and safe. However, consuming too much ginger in one go could cause stomach upset and heartburn. It can also have blood-thinning effects and impact blood-sugar levels. So proceed with caution if you are taking medications with similar benefits.
How many ml is a shot?
For these ginger immunity shots, a shot is about 45 ml.
How to make ginger juice with a blender?
I’ve used a blender instead of a juicer for this ginger shot recipe. The main difference is that you’ll need additional liquid in your blender to help blend the ginger and other hard ingredients into their juicy, mushy state. In this case, coconut water and the other fruit juices will help blend the ginger root.
Can I make ginger shots with powdered ginger?
Technically, yes, though I recommend using fresh ingredients for the maximum benefits. To use powdered ginger, I recommend using about 1/3-1/2 teaspoon per shot and increasing the coconut water by a tablespoon or so.
- Pulpy or smooth: If you don’t mind the pulp in the juice, then the extra fiber is excellent for your gut. However, feel free to strain it if preferred.
- Reduce waste: If you ditch the pulp from the healthy shots but don’t want to chuck it away, add the leftover pulp to smoothies. I also recommend zesting the citrus fruits before juicing them and storing the zest in the freezer.
- Fresh organic ingredients are best: They’re usually the most nutritious and delicious option. Avoid bottled and pre-juiced ingredients.
- Tweak the ratio: Increase/decrease the cayenne or ginger for more/less heat, add more lime juice for bright and zesty flavor or use more coconut water/orange juice to dilute the flavors, etc.
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- Creamy mango lassi
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- Banana milkshake
- How to make oat milk
- Vegan mulled wine
- Vegan hot chocolate
- Watermelon Margarita Recipe
If you try this immunity ginger shot recipe, I’d love a comment and ★★★★★ recipe rating below. Also, please don’t forget to tag me in re-creations on Instagram or Facebook with @elavegan and #elavegan—I love seeing them.
Ginger Shot Recipe
- 1 cup (100 g) fresh ginger root chopped
- 1 cup (180 g) pineapple cubed
- ½ cup (120 g) orange juice
- ¼ cup (60 g) lime juice or lemon juice
- ½ cup (120 g) coconut water (see notes)
- 1-2 pinches of cayenne pepper
- You can watch the short video for visual instructions.Wash and scrub the ginger root under running water before you chop it into smaller chunks.
- Squeeze 2 oranges to get ½ cup of orange juice. Also, squeeze about 3 limes (or 2 lemons) for ¼ cup of juice.
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until the mixture is fairly smooth.
- Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve (or nut milk bag) into a bowl or measuring cup.
- Transfer the juice to several smaller (preferably sealable) glasses and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.I consume one shot in the morning and recommend starting slowly.
- Coconut water: You can use more orange juice (or any other fruit juice, or even water) instead.
- The recipe makes about 2 cups of juice. You can also freeze the juice in an ice cube tray for up to three months.
Nutrition information is an estimate and has been calculated automatically
Looks like a lovely recipe, curious though, can I just use my juicer to juice all the ingredients or do I have to use a blender?
Hi Cody, a juice works fine as well. Just chop the ingredients down to fit the juicer chute and feed them through the machine. 🙂
Thank you for another healthy and inspiring recipe Ela! I used half and half ginger and turmeric, as I’m trying to control arthritis pain. Do I need to add black pepper as well as cayenne, and is it supposed to taste hot and spicy, or did I overdo it do you think? I did add a little maple syrup, but might try wizzing up one or two dates with the next batch, to make it compliant with Dr Greger’s guidelines, do you think that would work okay?
Hi Dana, I definitely recommend adding black pepper as it helps with the turmeric (curcumin) absorption. Yes, adding 1-2 dates should be totally fine. 🙂
This is fantastic! I didn’t have pineapple so I used an apple. It was easy and a great morning pick me up. I will make this again. Thx
Yay, sounds great! Thanks for sharing, Shelly. 🙂
What coconut water do you suggest?
Hi Erica, I think any brand will work. I used coconut water from a fresh coconut. 🙂
What is the expiration for this recipe?
Hey, the storing information is mentioned in the blog post:
Very easy to make , love the ability to adjust the amount of ingredients to suit your individual tastes. I had to add a bit more orange juice as the ginger was really strong
Thanks for your great feedback, Alice! 🙂
Delicious. I don’t strain it since my VitaMix makes a nice thick but usable paste. I just dump a heaping T into a glass, fill with water, and sip. My husband likes it sweeter, so I mix in a little extra OJ. Thanks!
Sounds great, Jan! I am glad you like it. 🙂
My favorite recipe! Thank you, it’s so healthy and I like the pineapple in it.
I am glad you like my recipe, Kelly. 🙂
Love this ginger juice healthy recipe
I hope you will give it a try. 🙂