Lemon, Ginger and Cayenne Immunity Shots

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These simple lemon, ginger, honey, and cayenne immunity shots are part of a wonderful immune booster juice to start the day right during cold and flu season (or any time of the year!)

Fresh ginger lemon shots

As someone who’s really interested in the health benefits of the food I’m eating, I love the saying ‘you are what you eat’. Especially during the flu season, it is even more important to help build our immune system with sleep, cleanliness, and lots of fruits and veggies, and healthy recipes like these ginger immunity shots that pack a spicy kick.

This lemon ginger cayenne shot is a wonderful combination of ingredients that work together for a variety of health benefits and as an immune booster when it’s most needed. It can help fight off viruses, boost your energy levels and metabolism, and packs a powerful punch of flavor!

Fresh ginger lemon shots

I’m already a massive fan of healthful ‘shots’ to keep my body running like clockwork. I’ve been making Ginger and Turmeric shots for over a year and genuinely attribute these to keeping me going during times when I could easily burn out. However, I also like to experiment and couldn’t wait to try a new combination.

Recently I actually posted a recipe for a  Green Detox Celery Green Juice and I’m finding that adding fresh immunity boosting juices to my diet is something I really enjoy and this recipe is one I’d been wanting to try for a while.

ginger shot with ginger root

Unlike with general juice recipes, daily shots are there to work quickly, almost like a magical elixir – which means the flavor is often intense (but only lasts a minute). This particular ginger shot recipe actually contains cayenne pepper which packs a pow of heat. You can definitely feel it going down – but since it’s so effective I’ve learned to knock them back like a pro.

The Ingredient Health Benefits

Ginger

Fresh ginger root

Fresh ginger is something that is always in abundance at my apartment. I’ve already harped on and on about the benefits of ginger in my other ginger shot recipes so I’ll keep things super brief here.

Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is known to improve brain functions, heart health, and even lower blood sugar levels. It’s also used to treat a variety of digestive ailments and helps fight colds and the flu.

Lemon

Lemons

Not only is lemon brilliant for your immune system, due to its high Vitamin C content, but it also contains antioxidants that work to detox and cleanse the digestive system and liver. Lemon juice can even work to balance out your body’s pH level, with alkaline properties.

Plus lemon also has antibacterial and antiviral properties – so that’s a win-win. You can read more of the health benefits of lemon here.

Honey

Lemon Ginger root and honey

Whether using raw honey or general honey, this ingredient contains a ton of health benefits Not only is honey delicious but it also contains antibacterial/antiviral and antioxidant properties, that help to boost immunity, fight infection and improve the digestive system as a natural cleanser.

Natural is also a wonderful ingredient that can both improve the quality of sleep while also being a natural energy booster. Because of the natural sugars within honey, you can get an immediate energy boost that is sustained for longer. It’s also better at controlling blood sugar levels than other sugars.

If you want to use raw honey, that’s no problem. In fact, raw honey contains even more vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that the usual ‘processing’ can destroy. You can read more about the top health benefits of raw honey here.

Note* You can swap out the honey for age nectar if you can’t/don’t consume honey – although there are no major health benefits associated with agave nectar. Maple syrup is another option that boasts a few health benefits

Fresh ginger lemon shot

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper not only packs a powerful hit of flavor but also boasts a wonderful list of health benefits. Not only can cayenne pepper reduce inflammation and aid various ailments including coughs and an upset stomach, but it is also an antioxidant – fighting harmful free radicals and preventing oxidative damage to our cells.

Cayenne pepper also aids healthy circulation in our bodies – perfect for those who suffer from any circulatory issues. Many people also use cayenne pepper when interested in weight management too, as it not only reduces hunger but can also boost your metabolism. And honestly, that is just the tip of the iceberg and the reason why I happily add a pinch of cayenne to lots of my meals.

Fresh Ginger Lemon juice and cayenne pepper

If you want to read more evidence-based health benefits of cayenne pepper then check out this article on HealthLine.

How To Make The Ginger Shots

Needed

Ginger, lemon, honey (or agave/maple), cayenne pepper.

Lemon Ginger root honey and cayenne pepper

A few Notes on the Recipe

  • I always make a large batch of immunity shots, so that I can flash freeze it and thaw, as needed. Feel free to scale yours, to make smaller amounts.
  • Ideally, the ratio of ginger juice to lemon juice should be 1:1. Simply juice your ginger first to see how much it yields and then add the correct amount of lemon juice, accordingly.

The Ginger Shots How-To

Start by rinsing and scrubbing the ginger root. There’s need to peel it, just cut it into small enough piece so they can pass through the juicer.

Then, begin by juicing the ginger.

Juicing ginger

Once the ginger is juiced, check your yield amount and Juice the lemons accordingly. You can pass it through the juicer if you remove the skin and white rind. Alternatively, juice the lemon as you would usually and measure a 1:1 ratio with the ginger juice.

Mix the ginger and lemon juice together.

Add the cayenne pepper and the honey (or agave/maple) and stir well, to thoroughly combine.

 

Fresh ginger lemon juice

Separate into shot-sized portions (60ml) and keep refrigerated. The cayenne pepper will sink to the bottom  – so make sure to shake the shot container before drinking.

You can also freeze the immunity shots into ice cubes and add to juices and smoothies when needed.

Fresh ginger lemon shots

Other Recipes You May Like

If other juice recipes are what you’re looking for, then you might like this green juice recipe with celery or even these Ginger Turmeric Immune-Boosting Energy Shots (juicer recipe). You might also like this Beetroot Ginger Juice.

If you try this recipe, then I’d appreciate a rating and your thoughts in the comments below. Also, feel free to tag me in your recreations @Alphafoodie

Lemon, Ginger and Cayenne Shots

4.98 from 124 votes
By: Samira
These simple lemon, ginger, honey, and cayenne shots are part of a wonderful immune booster juice to start the day right during cold and flu season (or any time of the year!)
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 3 cups (750 ml)

Ingredients 
 

  • 16 oz ginger root to yield about 12 fl oz/350 ml juice
  • 6 lemons to yield about 12 fl oz/350 ml juice - may need more or less, depending on size
  • 1 tsp honey or agave/maple
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions 

  • Rinse and scrub the ginger root; no need to peel it, just cut into small pieces that can pass through the juicer.
  • Juice the ginger.
  • Measure the yield of ginger juice and juice the lemons accordingly. You can remove the skin and white rind before juicing, or juice the lemon as usual and aim for a 1:1 ratio with the ginger juice.
  • Mix the ginger and lemon juice.
  • Add the cayenne pepper and honey (or agave/maple) and stir well to thoroughly combine.
  • Divide the mixture into shot-sized portions (60ml) and refrigerate. Remember, the cayenne pepper may settle at the bottom, so shake the shot container before drinking.
  • Alternatively, freeze the lemon ginger shots into ice cubes and add them to juices and smoothies as needed.

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Notes

  • I always make a large batch, so that I can flash freeze it and thaw, as needed. Feel free to scale yours, to make smaller amounts. 
  • Ideally, the ratio of ginger juice to lemon juice should be 1:1. Simple juice your ginger first to see how much it yields and then add the correct amount of lemon juice, accordingly.
  • The nutrients and health benefits will be at their most potent when the juice is fresh. I usually freeze my leftovers, to preserve nutrients. However, you can also store the juice in the fridge for a week.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: juice
Freezer friendly: Yes
Shelf life: 1 Week

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 44kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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78 Comments

  1. Kristin South says:

    If I wanted to add powdered turmeric, how much would you recommend?

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Kristin,
      I would recommend ½ tsp of turmeric powder per shot.

  2. Susie O says:

    Hi where did you order those one shot bottles? Could you give me the size and information. This was most helpful. Great recipe. Thank you

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Susie,
      You can find them easily online. For energy short, I recommend 30-50 ml bottles (1-1.7 fl oz). A similar size is linked on the Shop page here on the blog. I hope this helps.

    2. Tammi says:

      Can this bit diluted with a little water? I just made it! It’s good but packs quite a punch lol

      1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Hi Tammi,
        Yes, you can dissolve it with a bit of water. Or add it to another fresh juice (like apple or orange).

  3. Cilenia Curtis says:

    Thanks! Never thought of putting Ginger into my Great Grand-mother’s “be well” recipe. She’d give us a high ball glass full 2x a day if we started feeling sick. If given right away, we usually Never got sick. But helped lesson being sick if taken later. Worked for me when I had pneumonia and all the Dr’s drugs didn’t work. Did this and Hot Toddy Teas for a week and my Dr was amazed and now prescribes it to his patients. He went back to school for herbal medicine that year.
    She would mix all in a blender with an ice cube or two.
    2 Oranges and 1/2 lemon semi juiced (would usually include pulp.)
    1 TBS honey, 1 TBS olive oil, 1/3 tsp cayenne pepper, 4 cloves fresh garlic

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment, Cilenia. Homemade remedies can be great indeed 🙂

    2. ImA Turtle says:

      5 stars
      Have someone hug you for me today for sharing your grandma’s Be Well recipe

      1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        🙂

  4. Alex says:

    I like this recipe, thanks! I have a nutri bullet, has anyone had any success using one of those to make the shots? What kind of juicer are you all using? I dont know if want to purchase another appliance. I am thinking making larger batches in the bullet and portioining them out for the week.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Alex,
      I usually use an Omega juicer but you can also make ginger shots using a blender or a food processor. All the details for how to do this are included in this blog post – https://www.alphafoodie.com/turmeric-ginger-energy-shots/
      I hope this helps.

    2. ImA Turtle says:

      5 stars
      Used my magic bullet. Liquid is key and worked beautifully. I wish i could send u a photo. Vitamix is great too

      1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Thanks for the feedback!

      2. Cindy says:

        Why do you have to strain it if it’s made in a blender? I have a vitamix and never strain the shots I make. Am I doing it wrong?

      3. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Hi Cindy,
        Sometimes, there’s some pulp left and so I prefer straining it. If you are happy with the consistency (indeed Vitamix is powerful and pulverizes all the fibers), then there’s no need to strain the juice.

  5. Rhonda says:

    5 stars
    Awesomeness

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment, Rhonda!

  6. Bridgettte says:

    Can u use a neutral bullet

  7. Danny says:

    Hi, new on this. I got all the stuff to make 1:1 ginger shots. I ordered shots bottles from Amazon, and I would like to ask is it ok to drink a shot of 60ml first timer to start with 30ml for beginners?

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Danny,
      It’s recommended to have 1 shot a day. You can start with 1 oz for a couple of days and then up it to 2 oz. I hope this helps.

  8. Lee says:

    Hey Samira, great recipe! Made it and freezed a bunch for later use. I believe in your recipe you meant “no” need to peel the ginger. Easy fix. Thanks for the informative rundown on the health properties of each ingredient!

    1. Samira @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Lee. You are right – indeed there is no need to peel the ginger. Will fix this typo quickly!

  9. zeina says:

    5 stars
    Magic solution

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment!

  10. Jen says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe, I made it exactly as posted with organic ginger and had a shot, my oh my!
    How much can one consume daily? I made and bottled a large batch.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Jen,
      It’s recommended to have 1 shot a day (1-2 oz/30-60ml). You can store it in your refrigerator in an airtight bottle or freeze it in ice cube trays.