Healthy Homemade Lemonades, Iced Teas + Popsicles for Summer
Cayenne Turmeric Ginger Lemonade – Healthy Summer Drinks AND Popsicles!
Kick your summer up a notch AND give your immune system a boost with a glass of cayenne turmeric ginger lemonade! This healthy summer drink is cool and ultra-refreshing, thanks to the zesty zing of ginger and cayenne.
It’s sure to wake up your taste buds and can help to fend off summer colds! Because who wants to be sick during summer??
If you’ve heard of or tried wellness shots like the classic lemon cayenne ginger shot, my cayenne turmeric ginger lemonade recipe is just like it. But, with a hint of sweet, heat-relieving honey and served in a tall glass over ice!
Turmeric Ginger Lemonade or Turmeric Gingerade?
Well, a turmeric ginger lemonade (or ‘gingerade,’ if you prefer) is pretty much a ginger-infused lemonade. Both have a crave-able combination of flavors—the sour-sweet in lemonade, and the sweet-spicy of gingerade—and the process of making them is almost identical.
To make homemade lemonade, you boil water, dissolve your sweetener and any flavorings in it, then combine with fresh lemon juice before letting it chill. And, in this cayenne turmeric ginger lemonade recipe, you just add some peeled and sliced ginger to your water!
While sweet, fruity drinks like homemade lemonade and flavored iced tea are classic summertime staples, sweetness isn’t our only flavor option. This turmeric ginger lemonade has that sweetness, but it’s paired with an exciting bite of heat that’s SO invigorating!
And, all of that powerful flavor comes from some powerful superfood ingredients: cayenne, turmeric, and ginger. All three of these spices have well-studied immune-boosting benefits, and they contain some of the most potent anti-inflammatory compounds on the planet!
Ancient Disease-Fighting Power, in a Sippable Ginger Lemonade
Ginger (especially fresh ginger root) is a superhero of superfoods. In fact, it’s been used in folk medicine across cultures for millennia because of its incredible power to aid in digestion, alleviate motion sickness, and fight off viruses and colds!
And, those age-old benefits have been confirmed by current medical research—and then some. Now, we know that fresh ginger root has some unbelievable detoxifying, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-disease effects!
Plus, the antioxidants in ginger, known as gingerols, can strengthen our immune system against sickness and help to regulate our inflammatory response. Many studies have even found that ginger’s anti-inflammatory power can ease arthritis pain and lower cancer risk!!
*For maximum ginger flavor and health benefits in your turmeric ginger lemonade, make sure to peel your ginger before slicing and adding to your pot of water!
I know, cayenne turmeric ginger lemonade IS a mouthful. So, ginger lemonade or turmeric gingerade—call it whatever you like! But, I’ve gotta keep using the tongue twister because each of the ingredients in this anti-inflammatory drink are so important.
In the traditional lemon cayenne ginger shot, the main source of sinus-clearing heat is the cayenne. And, that heat comes from antioxidants found in cayenne and other chili peppers, known as capsaicinoids. This is where peppers like cayenne get their inflammation-fighting power!
But, the biggest anti-inflammatory superstar in this turmeric ginger lemonade is the turmeric. In fact, the antioxidant curcumin in turmeric—which creates that vibrant, golden color— is one of THE most potent anti-inflammatories in the world!
To give just one example, in research studies and clinical trials treating rheumatoid arthritis patients curcumin as a supplement, this natural anti-inflammatory found in turmeric was better at relieving patients’ pain than one of the leading anti-inflammatory drugs!
If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Make Turmeric Ginger Lemonade POPSICLES
Now, if the idea of zesty, sweet heat in this turmeric ginger lemonade has you feeling hesitant, I understand! But, I promise, that pungent flavor zing is actually refreshing and an amazing pick-me-up. Or, offset that heat by freezing some (or all) of your turmeric ginger lemonade into healthy popsicles!
2 cups water + 4 cups water
1 cup honey
⅓ cup peeled & sliced ginger
1½ cups freshly-squeezed lemon juice, strained
¼ tsp cayenne
⅛ tsp turmeric
To make Turmeric Ginger Lemonade:
Add 2 cups of water, honey, and ginger to a pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Turn off heat and stir in cayenne and turmeric. Steep for 10 minutes.
Strain, then refrigerate until cold (2-4 hours, or overnight).
To a large pitcher, add lemon juice, 4 cups of water, and the gingerade mixture. Stir until combined.
Serve over ice and enjoy!
To make Gingerade Popsicles:
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze (6-8 hours, or overnight).
Once frozen, remove desired pops from mold and enjoy! (You may need to allow pops to sit outside of the freezer for a minute or two in order to easily remove from mold.) You can leave pops in molds in freezer for a few days.
For longer storage, remove from molds and place in individual freezer bags, or in an airtight plastic container with layers of wax paper or plastic wrap in between. Will last 3 to 4 weeks stored this way.
Yields ~7 cups of turmeric ginger lemonade, or ~14 gingerade popsicles (depending on size of mold).