“Are we there yet?”
That's the question I ask when the days lengthen, the south winds blow, and the temperature soars above 90 (or 100) degrees Fahrenheit.
I start to fantasize about changing leaves, cool winds, and the end of Daylight Savings Time. I have to admit, I'm a fall/winter kind of girl.
Today I want to share with you the beverage that makes summer bearable for me. It's the drink I whip up in a matter of seconds when my armpits are soaked with sweat by 11:00 in the morning (yes, because that actually happens).
It's my version of a bubbly, non-alcoholic cocktail that detoxifies, invigorates, and allows you to pretend for a few precious moments that you're lying in a hammock on a white sand beach in Fiji… until your son shoots you in the back with his Nerf gun and snaps you right back into reality.
By the way, I'm not against alcoholic drinks. It's just that this one is a little more acceptable for the stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of 2 to have before lunch, ya know? 😉
Ginger, lemon, and apple cider vinegar — the star players in this easy-peasy beverage — rock my world. They're such small, simple ingredients, but each one of them packs a powerful punch to nourish, hydrate, and detoxify your body.
- helps heal and protect the gut
- relieves nausea, bloating, and upset stomach (morning sickness, anyone?)
- boosts the immune system and is an excellent remedy for colds, tummy bugs, or the flu
- is a potent detoxifier
- clears the sinuses
- relieves pain caused by migraines, inflammation, menstrual cramps, and arthritis
- is a warming food and can help with low body temperature and/or slow metabolism
- is a great source of Vitamin C
- aids in digestion and can really “get the juices flowing”
- is a great detoxifier
- can help with constipation
- flushes the liver and kidneys
- boosts energy and mental clarity
- aids in digestion, relieves heartburn and constipation, and increases stomach acid
- is super detoxifying
- can help with weight loss
- is alkalinizing
- reduces sugar cravings
There's one small step before you make the actual drink: making a ginger concentrate or ginger tea. It's helpful if you have a juicer so that you can quickly juice the ginger for the “concentrate” and drink your mocktail right away. I'll give two alternatives below — “juicing” with a high powered blender, or making ginger tea.
This drink is so bubbly and, did I mention, refreshing?! Like my stainless steel drinking straw? You can get your own here!
- Fill a pint-size Mason jar with ice.
- Add the ginger concentrate or ginger tea (see recipes below).
- Squeeze in the juice of the lemon.
- Add apple cider vinegar.
- Pour in the sparkling water, but don't fill your glass completely. Leave some room to add more ginger, lemon, vinegar, and/or raw honey or stevia to your taste preferences.
- When it's just right, give it a good stir, and you're done!
*Invest in a mineral-rich sparkling water, not club soda, tonic water, or seltzer water. Mineral water is going to give you the bonus of naturally occurring minerals from the source, not just water with carbon dioxide added. Don't know the difference? This article is really helpful in deciphering the differences between all those bubbly waters out there!*My perfect ginger lemon mocktail requires about 1/4 cup of the ginger juice concentrate, 1 whole lemon, 1 tablespoon of ACV, and 6 to 7 drops NuNaturals Liquid Stevia.
Ginger Concentrate (with a juicer or high-powered blender)
Keep this "concentrate" in the fridge for up to 1 week. Yes, I know it's diluted with water and not a concentrate, but ginger juice is STRONG, and you're going to dilute it even more when you make the mocktail. I make up a batch of this every week so I can enjoy my perfect drink any time!
- 3 to 4 inch piece of ginger root, washed
- filtered water to fill a pint-size Mason jar
- Run the ginger root through your juicer.
- Take that bright yellow juice and pour it into a pint-size Mason jar.
- Fill with water. This is the "concentrate" that you can keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- Pull it out any time you feel like refreshing yourself with this mocktail.
*Note from Wardee: You can "juice" ginger using a Vitamix or BlendTec by blending the (peeled) ginger root and some water until it's as smooth as possible. Then strain out the ginger fibers by pouring the mixture through fine cheesecloth or a fine strainer, catching the juice in a bowl or jar. Now combine the juice with more water to fill a pint-size jar. Click here to see this on Instagram.
Ginger Tea (without a juicer)
If you don't have a juicer or high-powered blender, you can make ginger tea for your mocktail -- which is essentially the same as making ginger root tea.
- 3 to 4 inch piece of ginger root, washed
- 2 cups filtered water
- Peel and dice or grate the ginger root. If dicing, the pieces should be about 1/8 inch cubes.
- Add the ginger and water to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Strain the ginger out, cool, and store the ginger tea in a pint-size Mason jar in your fridge for up to a week.
*Be aware that this ginger tea will not be as strong the ginger concentrate recipe above. I prefer the juicer method because I absolutely delight in that stronger ginger flavor.
More Summer Drink Fun
We've got 3 more months of sun, beach trips, baseball games, gardening, and sweating ahead of us. Here are a few more “mixed drinks” that you can enjoy year round, but especially this summer!
- Ginger Grapefruit Kombucha
- Kefir Smoothie
- Water Kefir Granita
- Iced Teecino
- Summer Sangria, for the wine drinkers among us
- Traditional Ginger Ale
- Kombucha-rita (I WILL be trying this one, hopefully with some fajitas!)
- Fermented Hindu Lemonade
Will you try my ginger lemon mocktail? What is your favorite refreshing summer beverage?
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