My friend Colleen decided to recreate one of the best shots the old Organic Avenue used to offer: Dragon’s Breath. It’s ginger, turmeric, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. When Colleen told me how it easy it is to make them, I jumped right on board! And then when my husband took a shot and said he likes them better than anything else he has EVER had, I knew we are onto something!
We named these fight colds/feel better shots because that is exactly what they are. All of the elements do their jobs including but not limited to:
Ginger: immune boosting, detoxing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory
Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, detoxing
Lemon Juice: immune boosting, detoxing
Cayenne Pepper: anti-cold, anti-flu, anti-fungal
And now that we are about to leave our summer vacation bubble and head back to the city, we need to make sure we are fortified for the school year!
I had to buy some new equipment for this project but it is well worth it. I got a dozen of these cute little 2oz. bottles and these little stainless steel funnels so that we could properly portion out our shots and not waste a drop! I made these in the Vitamix and I can’t vouch for them if made in a blender. So you know what I say? It’s time to get a Vitamix!
This recipe makes about 11 2oz. shots. The size of ginger and turmeric varies but really some amount like what is pictured below is fine.
1 3/4 cup filtered water
The juice of 4 lemons
1 piece of big ginger
3 pieces turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
11 2oz. bottles
1 fine mesh strainer
Pour the water into the Vitamix. Squeeze in the fresh lemon juice.
Peel the ginger and add it to the Vitamix. Next, add the turmeric, unpeeled. Add the cayenne pepper.
Start the Vitamix on low and then turn it up and let it rip until it is yellow and you don’t hear any more grinding.
Set the fine mesh strainer over a 2 cup measuring cup and pour the mixture through. Press the remaining pulp with the back of a spoon and get out as much as you can. There will be only a small amount of pulp left. You an also skip this step.
Set the bottles up in an assembly line and get the funnel ready. Have a spoon handy to mix the measuring cup every few pours to make sure the pulp doesn’t settle and it is evenly distributed among the bottles.
Pour the shots and then twist the covers on tightly. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Shake them up before shooting them and enjoy!