The next time you’re feeling under the weather, try this Anti-Inflammatory & Healthy Turmeric Shot using fresh or powdered turmeric. You can make this recipe with or without a blender or juicer.  

turmeric shot in a glass

Wellness shots taste great and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric specifically fights infection and benefits your body and brain. This root from the ginger family fights inflammation, improves memory, and lowers your risk for heart disease.

You can buy turmeric shots at your local health food store or at juice bars, but they’re expensive. This is why I like to make mine at home. You only need four ingredients and less than 20 minutes to whip up a turmeric shot.

You can use fresh turmeric root to get as many nutrients as possible, but you can also use the powder if you’re low on time or ingredients. All you need is turmeric, lemon, coconut water, and black pepper.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Brands like Vive and Kor cost around four dollars for one 2-ounce shot. While this may not seem expensive, it can add up if you want more than one!
  • Turmeric Wellness Shots are a great way to improve gut health and a natural way to improve energy levels.
  • Homemade turmeric shots are easy peasy to make, like “place all the ingredients into the blender and blend” kind of easy.

Key Ingredients

ingredients for turmeric shot

Turmeric root – Turmeric root is a close relative to ginger root. It has an earthy and bitter flavor with a bright orange interior. It’s known for many scientifically proven health benefits.

Lemon – Lemons are packed with Vitamin C which lowers your risk of heart disease.

Coconut water – Refreshing coconut water tames the flavor of the lemon and turmeric. It’s also high in potassium and naturally sweet. If you dislike the flavor, you can use water in its place. You will lose some of the natural sweetness though.

Black pepper – Black pepper may seem like an odd ingredient for a wellness shot but it’s an intentional choice. Black pepper contains a substance called piperine which increases the absorption of curcumin – the main ingredient in turmeric.

Recipe Steps

how to make a turmeric shot

Step One

If you’re using fresh turmeric root, then carefully peel off the skin using a knife or the back of a spoon.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Cut the turmeric into pieces and place it into a high-speed blender.

Step Three

Add the lemon juice, coconut water, and black pepper.

Step Four

Turn the blender on high and blend for 30-45 seconds, or until the ingredients are smooth.

Step Five

Pour the mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to remove the pulp.

straining turmeric shot with cheesecloth

Step Six

Transfer the juice to a jar or pitcher. Drink immediately, or store up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

I hope your family enjoys this wellness shot recipe as much as mine does.

pouring a turmeric shot

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING DRIED GROUND TURMERIC: If you don’t have a juicer or blender, you can make this recipe using ground turmeric. Simply combine 2 teaspoons of ground turmeric to a jar with a lid. Next, add the lemon juice, coconut water, and black pepper to the jar with the dried turmeric. Put the lid on the jar and shake it vigorously, until the ground turmeric is mixed in well with the juice.
  • Ground turmeric is made from dried turmeric and can be found in the spice section of most grocery stores. Fresh turmeric can be found in the refrigerator section of most health food stores. It is usually kept near the fresh ginger.
  • Coconut water is a clear beverage that is found in the refrigerated or non-refrigerated beverage section of most grocery stores. Look for unsweetened coconut water
  • The black pepper is not essential to the recipe, but can help make the turmeric more bioavailable and easy for your body to absorb. In other words, pepper helps with the absorption of turmeric.
  • Please note that fresh turmeric root can temporarily stain your hands or whatever surfaces it touches. To remove the stains, try soaking your blender or cutting board in a mixture of 2 parts hot water and 1 part distilled vinegar. Then, wash the items as usual and the stain should come off easier. Otherwise, the yellow stain will fade over time.
  • Add fresh or dried ginger to make Ginger Turmeric Shots. You’ll need either a 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger or up to 1/4 teaspoon of dried ginger.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use a navel orange in place of the lemon?

Yes, if you prefer the sweetness of an orange to the acidity of a lemon you can use orange juice instead.

What is a turmeric shot good for?

A turmeric shot is a type of wellness shot meant to boost the immune system with disease-fighting nutrients. They’re usually about 2-3 ounces and use turmeric as a main ingredient to consume its health benefits.

What can I use instead of coconut water?

If you don’t have coconut water on hand, you can replace it with kombucha, sparkling water, or ginger soda.

three glasses of yellow shot

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turmeric shot

Turmeric Shot Using Fresh or Powdered Turmeric


Description

The next time you’re feeling under the weather, try this Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Shot using fresh or powdered turmeric. You can make this recipe with or without a blender or juicer.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 2-inch piece of turmeric root (see notes for using dried turmeric)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. If you are using fresh turmeric for this recipe, then peel the skin off the turmeric using a knife or the back of a spoon.
  2. Cut the turmeric into 3-4 pieces and place it in a high-speed blender.
  3. Add the lemon juice, coconut water, and black pepper.
  4. Turn the blender on high and blend for 30-45 seconds, or until the ingredients are smooth.
  5. Pour the mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth, separating the juice from the pulp.
  6. Transfer the juice to a jar or pitcher. Consume immediately, or store up to 4 days covered in the refrigerator.

Notes

  1. INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING DRIED GROUND TURMERIC: If you don’t have a juicer or blender, you can make this recipe using ground turmeric. Simply combine 2 teaspoons of ground turmeric to a jar with a lid. Next, add the lemon juice, coconut water, and black pepper to the jar with the dried turmeric. Put the lid on the jar and shake it vigorously, until the ground turmeric is mixed in well with the juice.
  2. Ground turmeric is made from dried turmeric and can be found in the spice section of most grocery stores. Fresh turmeric can be found in the refrigerator section of most health food stores. It is usually kept near the fresh ginger.
  3. Coconut water is a clear beverage that is found in the refrigerated or non-refrigerated beverage section of most grocery stores. Look for unsweetened coconut water
  4. The black pepper is not essential to the recipe, but can help make the turmeric more bioavailable and easy for your body to absorb.
  5. Please note that fresh turmeric root can temporarily stain your hands or whatever surfaces it touches. To remove the stains, try soaking your blender or cutting board in a mixture of 2 parts hot water and 1 part distilled vinegar. Then, wash the items as usual and the stain should come off easier. Otherwise, the yellow stain will fade over time.
  6. Add fresh or dried ginger to make Ginger Turmeric Shots. You’ll need either a 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger or up to 1/4 teaspoon of dried ginger.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Blender or Juicer
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: turmeric shot recipe without juicer, turmeric shot, turmeric and lemon shot

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