Turmeric Tonic Recipe

This powerhouse pick-me-up boasts so many good-for-you ingredients that it should probably require a prescription. Though it may look like a simple list of pantry staples, when combined, they deliver a surge like an electrical current, powering up energy levels with what feels like the flip of a switch. It’s got a grown-up flavor with a gentle spicy kick that’s easy to drink all day long. The carbonation from seltzer or kombucha helps to aerate the flavors and gives the drink a lively effervescence. 

Turmeric Tonic

Serves 4

½ cup lemon juice (from about 4 lemons)
1/3 cup agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup
5 ounces grated fresh turmeric, or 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, grated
Tonic water or kombucha
Freshly ground black pepper

Fine-toothed grater, blender, fine-mesh strainer, large glass measuring cup or pitcher

1 Prepare the turmeric-ginger syrup
Using a blender, blend the lemon juice, agave syrup, grated ginger, and turmeric until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a large glass measuring cup or pitcher.

2 Serve
Fill 4 glasses with ice. Pour the turmeric-ginger syrup over the ice. Top with the seltzer or kombucha and a few twists of freshly ground black pepper.


Nutrition per serving: Calories: 100, Protein: 1g (2% DV), Fiber: 1g (4% DV), Total Fat: 1g (2% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g (0% DV), Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV), Sodium: 5mg (0% DV), Carbohydrates: 25g (8% DV), Total Sugars: 17g, Added Sugars: 16g (32% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat.