These apple ginger turmeric shots are perfectly sweet, light and fresh, and bursting with healthy goodness. Made without citrus, this anti-inflammatory juice is easy to make and goes perfectly with breakfast or as a mid-afternoon treat.
But if you fancy something a little lighter, then this juice is just the thing! It's very adaptable and can be made with or without turmeric (I suggest with, both for health benefits and the light spicy taste!). Have a smaller 'portion' for apple ginger shots that are perfect with breakfast, or a big glass of goodness for a mid-afternoon treat.
Love juices? The you may also like to see my low histamine green juice that is bursting with all the green vitamins or my pear apple juice that has a lovely sweetness. And for something a little different, my apple ginger chia fresca is quite fun!
Why this recipe is so good
Perfectly sweet and spicy. The apple is fresh, light and sweet and balances so well with the kick of spice from the ginger.
Enjoy with breakfast or as a snack. Have smaller shots or a larger glass!
Easy to make. I use a juicer for this recipe but see below in the frequently asked questions for how to make it in a blender. So quick and simple to do!
This recipe can be made with either two, three or four ingredients . . . The apple and ginger are the key ingredients but you can also add turmeric and/or black pepper. Adapt to the type of juice you prefer!
- Apples - I would suggest using red apples as they have a sweeter taste than the sharper and more sour taste of green apples.
- Ginger - this gives the kick of spice. Adjust the amount to taste preference, whether you want just a hint of spice or a bigger hit!
- Turmeric - you can use either fresh turmeric root or turmeric powder.
- Black pepper - also optional, see below if you follow a low histamine diet.
Variations to the recipe
This recipe is almost two recipes in one! Use either just apple and ginger for a fresh fruity juice or add turmeric and/or black pepper to the recipe for extra nutrients. The latter will change the taste to a more spicy juice.
If you are able to find fresh turmeric root in the store you can use a small piece instead of turmeric powder. I'm still yet to find any near me though (I'll keep hunting!).
Step by step instructions
Making these shots is very simple and quick to do. Unless you have a good juicer, the washing up after is another story though . . .
Dice the fruit into small pieces that can be fed into the juicer. They don't have to be the same shape or size of course as you are going to turn them into juice. Personally I also remove the core of the apples, although this isn't usually necessary if you have a good juicer.
Feed the apple and ginger into the juicer, with a bowl or jug underneath to 'catch' the juice. If you are using the turmeric and/or black pepper, I find it easiest to just sprinkle a little in at a time when feeding the apple through.
Pour the juice into your shot glasses and serve immediately!
Frequently asked questions
Red apples have a sweeter taste and are good for making fresh juice. Green apples tend to have a sharper and more sour taste.
No you don't have to peel them as the juicer will blend them down and extract the juice.
To make juice without a juicer you can blend in a blender and then strain the liquid through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag into a bowl.
This is to taste preference, but for this recipe I use about 2cm square of fresh ginger root. I suggest peeling it first!
A note for my low histamine readers
If you are adding the turmeric, it is often advised to also add a little black pepper as the piperine it contains helps increase absorption of curcumin, one of the beneficial compounds in turmeric (see Healthline).
However, the black pepper is entirely optional. Personally I prefer it without, and it is only for those who wish to include it. Black pepper scores 2 on the SIGHI list, so may not be suitable for those on a low histamine diet.
Juicer - to make the juice. If you don't have a juicer then you can blend and strain the liquid through a cloth into a bowl.
Bowl or jug - to catch the juice!
Knife - to dice the fruit. You can also use a small spoon to peel the ginger.
More drinks to enjoy
There are lots of fun smoothies, juices, mocktails and warm drinks on the drinks page, but a few of the more recent recipes you may like to try out:
Apple ginger turmeric shots
- Feed the ingredients through your juicer (add the turmeric and black pepper, if using, with the apple) into a bowl or large glass. Pour into your glasses and serve immediately!
- Add the turmeric (if using powder) a sprinkle at a time along with the apple and ginger pieces, rather than separately.
- For a less intense juice you can dilute with a little water.
- Both the turmeric and the black pepper are optional. Black pepper is higher histamine (see below) so my low histamine readers may wish to leave this out.
- ginger, which scores 1. There is a note stating 'small amounts are well tolerated'.
- black pepper (if using), scores 2.