Anti-inflammatory turmeric makes a surprisingly mellow partner to its botanical cousin ginger in this off-beat but delicious keto Turmeric Ginger Lemonade that we’re going to drink all the way into this summer. 🍋☀️⛱
If Life Gives You Lemons, Make (Keto) Turmeric Ginger Lemonade 🍋
The transition for me to keto was a surprisingly easy one when it came to various food categories that I needed to give up. I liked beer but didn’t love it. Nor was I a big bread or pasta eater. I was, however, an unrepentant citrus junkie.
It’s the one area where I will still cheat around the edges a little bit without much negative effect. I can’t really eat grains without rebound effects like overall inflammation and joint pain. Refined sugar gives me terrible sugar hangovers. Sometimes I have part of an orange, especially if my two young boys are eating one.
I also still use a technique I adopted from agua fresca type beverages like my Keto Restaurant-Style Margaritas. Almost all of the flavor and smell we associate with citrus actually resides in the zest, not the juice. To extract it, we steep it in the drink mix and then strain it out later. This greatly increases the lemon flavor of the Turmeric Ginger Lemonade. It’s a necessary step in this recipe, because the lemon flavor has to compete with the turmeric and ginger.
Turmeric, Ginger, and Lemons: Surprisingly Complementary 🤝
You might not think that turmeric and ginger are natural partners, but in fact they are botanical cousins. Both rhizomes, they have long been prized for their anti-inflammatory effects. Turmeric most commonly comes in ground form in supermarkets. However, if you hunt at ethnic and specialty markets, you can find the fresh version of the spice.
Your entire kitchen will probably smell like turmeric when you add it to the hot liquid. Take heart, though. It will mellow with an overnight chill in the fridge. Once cold, it will move to the background in the overall flavor of the Turmeric Ginger Lemonade. As an added bonus, the drink will now be a beautiful bright orange color.
An Anti-Inflammatory Detox Drink That’s Also Delicious 🔥⚕️
Turmeric is notably used for pain relief in Ayurvedic medicine. Recently, it has enjoyed a bit of a resurgence of late for people trying to reduce their intake of over-the-counter pain relievers. It’s quite common to see it featured prominently in supplement form at places like Costco. This really highlights the degree to which its use has entered the mainstream consciousness.
You probably already are familiar with the gut soothing effects of ginger. Did your mother give you ginger ale to drink to ease your dehydration and ease your discomfort during bouts of the stomach flu? Mine certainly did.
I have also used it culinarily on this blog before for this effect in my Gingery High Collagen Instant Pot Bone Broth. It’s powerful medicine as well as delicious.
A Word Of Caution About Turmeric And Plastic Containers ⚠️
In addition to its other uses, turmeric has long been used as a dye. (You can actually use it to dye Easter eggs 🐰🥚!!!)
What it will also dye is your plastic kitchen tools. This particularly anything white, like mixing bowls. If it sounds like I got hit with this, I did. I now have a permanently pastel yellow medium mixing bowl and carafe lid. Learn from my mistakes!
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Turmeric Ginger Lemonade 🍋
Anti-inflammatory turmeric makes a surprisingly mellow partner to its botanical cousin ginger in this off-beat but delicious keto Turmeric Ginger Lemonade that we’re going to drink all the way into this summer here. 🍋☀️⛱
Mix in the lemon zest, ginger, and turmeric. Let cool to room temperature.
Strain out the lemon zest and ginger solids, pressing on the strainer with a spoon to extract everything that you can. Empty into your storage container and mix in both the lemon juice and stevia. Stir to combine then store until cold in a glass serving pitcher. Turmeric has long been used as a dye and it will potentially stain anything plastic. Serve over ice.
Do not use anything plastic or otherwise porous like wood in this recipe. Turmeric has long been used as a dye and it will potentially stain any plastic you might use. Glass and metal only.
Just dicing the ginger finely with a sharp knife will work, but I have long favored Microplane zesters for this and that is what I recommend here. Plus, it is also my zesting tool of choice and lemon zest is called for in the recipe.
This recipe is quite strong and is designed to be served over ice where it will be diluted slowly be ice melt.
Turmeric is quite potent stuff and you will smell it quite strongly when you add it to the hot liquid. I promise that it will be quite mellow after sitting in the lemonade overnight and chilling, though. Don’t be scared. 😎