These Ginger Shots are made with just 4 ingredients and ready in just a couple of minutes. An immune booster shot made with ginger, lemon, honey and water, it's a really concentrated burst of ginger that has anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and antioxidant properties. Skip the expensive store bought versions and try making this ginger shot yourself.
We used to buy Moju Ginger Shots from the supermarket during the winter months to boost our immune system, but they are very expensive considering they are made with fairly budget friendly ingredients and they take just a couple of minutes to blend up yourself. This copy cat recipe is pretty is spot on and really cheap to make!
If you are looking for some other drink recipes to give you a pick me up, then why not try our Honey and Lemon Drink, Immune Booster Juice or Green Smoothie?
Why you will love it
- Immune boosting - We talk more about the health benefits of ginger below, but these will give you a pick-me-up when you aren't feeling your best.
- Cheap - If you buy ginger in bulk, then these ginger shots are really cheap to make. It's worth spending a little more on good honey though.
- Adaptable - You can adapt the amount of ginger used, depending on how "hot" you like it. The more ginger the better we say.
- Stores well - This ginger shot recipe stores really well, so we make a big batch and keep them in the fridge to drink throughout the week.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Water - We add this to the ginger shot to thin it out and make it go further. Pure ginger would be a bit to intense, even for us ginger lovers.
- Lemon - Lemon and ginger is such a delicious combination and the lemon takes a little bit of the heat off. Not to mention having its own nutritional benefits.
- Ginger - The star of the show. You always want to use fresh ginger and buy it in bulk to make this cheaper.
- Honey - This is optional, but we always add it. Not only does it add a little sweetness, but we use Manuka honey which has lots of health benefits. More on that below! You can use regular honey though if you prefer.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make ginger shots - Step by step
One: Pour the lemon juice into a blender jug.
Two: Add the water, honey and ginger.
Three: Blend until the ginger is as fine as possible.
Four: Place a nut milk bag, cheese cloth, or muslin over a jug, and empty the ginger mixture into it.
Five: Squeeze the bag to extract as much juice as possible.
Six: Use a funnel to pour the juice into individual shot bottles.
Ginger shot benefits
These ginger shots are perfect for helping to give your immune system a boost and fight colds and flu. Ginger contains high levels of gingerol, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Ginger has been used for years to help with nausea and indigestion too, which is why I was very familiar with it during pregnancy!
Ginger can also help to improve brain function, lower blood sugar and prevent heart disease.
For me personally, drinking on of these every day has made me feel so much more energised. I drink much less coffee and I feel so much better for it. It's also been great for relieving bloating too.
It's not just the ginger in these immune booster shots that is super nutritious. Lemons are high in vitamin C and fibre and can also help with digestive health. Research shows that eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke too.
Although you can use a regular runny honey in this, we used Manuka honey because it's great for soothing sore throats and it may have antiviral properties. Check out more health benefits of Manuka honey.
There are only 4 ingredients in these ginger shots, however there are a couple of ways that you can adapt it. We used lemon juice to make lemon ginger juice, but you can use lime or orange instead.
Along with the ginger, you can add some fresh turmeric which is also a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
If you want this ginger shot really "hot" then you can add a pinch of cayenne to it.
We used tap water, but you could use coconut water which would give it a nice added flavour and some natural sweetness too.
If you store these in sealed bottles then they will keep in the fridge for up to a week. We make about 14 bottles at a time and then we have one each a day.
These are the Little Juice Bottles that we used - they seal tight and are perfect for storage. They are also good for taking things camping as well.
You can also freeze these as well. Then we like to add a little hot water to them to defrost and enjoy as a warm drink. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have too much ginger, it can cause heartburn. So don't drink more than one of these shots a day. We tend to only drink these at 2-3 weeks at a time, rather than all through the year.
If you don't have a cheese cloth/nut milk bag, then a muslin or tea towel will work. You could use use a fine mesh sieve.
After you have squeezed all the juice out of the nut bag, then you are left with some pulp. Don't waste it, as there is lots of goodness in it. You can blend it into smoothies so nothing goes to waste.
Yes, you can, but it will take longer. You can grate the ginger and put everything in the nut milk bag and strain.
• Warning - ginger gives a burning sensation when you drink it. These ginger shots are intense, but in a good way.
• Did you know that you can peel ginger with a teaspoon? We peeled the ginger first, but you don't have to as it all gets strained before serving anyway.
• You can use ground ginger if you don't have fresh, but fresh is always best. If you don't have a high powered blender, then use ground instead of fresh. If using ground, use 2 teaspoons instead.
• Add a little apple cider vinegar for extra nutritional benefits.
• It's best to take your ginger shot first thing in the morning, about 30 minutes before eating.
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- 100 g (3.5 oz) Fresh ginger - peeled and finely chopped
- 5 Lemons - juice only
- 250 ml (1 cups) Water
- 2 tablespoon Honey
- Pour the juice of 5 Lemons into a blender jug.
- Add 250 ml Water, 2 tablespoon Honey and 100 g Fresh ginger.
- Blend until the ginger is as fine as possible.
- Place a nut milk bag (or muslin) over a jug, and empty the ginger mixture into it.
- Squeeze the bag to extract as much juice as possible.
- Use a funnel to pour the juice into individual shot bottles.
- Warning - ginger gives a burning sensation when you drink it. These ginger shots are intense, but in a good way.
- Did you know that you can peel ginger with a teaspoon? We peeled the ginger first, but you don't have to as it all gets strained before serving anyway.
- You can use ground ginger if you don't have fresh, but fresh is always best. If you don't have a high powered blender, then use ground instead of fresh. If using ground, use 2 teaspoons instead.
- Add a little apple cider vinegar for extra nutritional benefits.
- It's best to take your ginger shot first thing in the morning, about 30 minutes before eating.
Oh, wow, I've been buying this immune booster juice from the store not knowing that it could be made so easily at home! Just 4 ingredients and so simple! Thank you!
Brilliant! These little beauties are going to be on repeat this fall when the sickies start circulating. What a wonderful form of natural defense! Thanks for sharing this. Can't wait to get the cute little bottles.
I had no idea making my own Ginger Shots was this easy! Great to know heading into cold and flu season.
Making my own saves me more money! I usually take it without honey but adding it will make it more sweeter!
Such a great idea to take a natural and holistic approach to boosting immunity!
Such a great idea and it saves soooo much money. I added turmeric to mine, as well. Thanks for the tips!
What a great ginger shot. Good for you and easy to make. I appreciate your tips too. I think I'll add apple cider vinegar to mine.
Such an amazing recipe, love how easy it is to make these ginger shots.
One of my favorites! These looks absolutely great! can't wait to try!
I've been buying something similar at the grocery store, but they're so expensive! These shots taste way better and they're so easy to make. Thanks for sharing!
I'm going to try this. I've been trying to get more ginger into my diet. Thanks!
Alison Saalbach Corey
This is an amazing recipe! Thanks, Dannii for sharing this!
I love how quick and easy this is to make!
These are awesome! Going to be doing shots of these regularly—flu season is upon us!