Ginger Shots


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Ginger shots are intensely flavored drinks that deliver a super-concentrated burst of ginger juice. They’ve become very popular items at juice bars and grocery stores for their powerful anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and antioxidant properties.

Two ginger shots in shot glasses.

I used to buy ginger shots at the supermarket during the winter months, to help boost my immune system. But gosh are they expensive! So to save some money, I developed this copycat recipe to share with you and it’s spot on to the store-bought version.

These ginger shots are incredibly simple to make, plus you can customize the intensity of the ginger juice to suit your taste. All you need to make these healthy wellness shots at home is a high-powered blender and a fine-mesh strainer. They’re super easy to make!

The ingredients to make ginger shots on a countertop.

Ginger Shot Ingredients

Similar to Kor brand (or other supermarket brand) wellness shots, there’s just 4 ingredients in this recipe:

  • Ginger: For the strongest flavor, I recommend using fresh ginger root. But check out my tips below on using dried ginger.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice will always provide a brighter flavor than jarred lemon juice. So that’s what I use!
  • Coconut Water: Coconut water adds a little natural sweetness to balance the pungent ginger lemon flavor.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Just a pinch of cayenne pepper gives these shots a kick of heat, and it can also improve circulation and digestion.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below

Ginger shot ingredients in a blender, ready to be blended.

How to Make Ginger Shots

You don’t need a fancy (and hard to clean) juicer to make ginger shots. Just pull out your high-powered blender and a fine-mesh strainer and whip them up!

  1. Wash and chop ginger root. No need to peel the ginger since you’ll be straining the juice before drinking it. Just roughly chop it to make blending easier.
  2. Juice fresh lemons. The bright citrus flavor of fresh lemon juice pairs well with the ginger and tastes much better than bottled lemon juice. It also gives you a healthy dose of Vitamin C.
  3. Blend until smooth. Blend the ginger pieces and lemon juice until no chunks of ginger remain.
  4. Strain well. Straining the ginger and lemon mixture helps remove bits of ginger peel and those pesky ginger fibers! To get the most juice, press the solids with the back of a spoon when straining.
  5. Serve. Ginger shots are meant to be drunk all at once as a quick shot. Be careful not to drink more than one shot a day since too much ginger can cause heartburn.
Two ginger shots next to a lemon and ginger root.

Health Benefits of Ginger

If ginger shots are new to you, let me give you a little background on the health benefits of ginger. Ginger is a flowering plant originating from China, and is related to turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. The underground part of the ginger stem has a long history in both traditional and alternative medicine. And ginger gets its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties from naturally high levels of gingerol.

Ginger has been used to treat nausea, indigestion, muscle soreness, and osteoarthritis symptoms. It also may help to lower blood sugar, improve brain function, and prevent heart disease. It’s a true superhero in the world of superfoods and one of my favorite anti-inflammatory ingredients. That’s why I also love making quick pickled ginger or candied ginger and adding it to meals.

Common questions

Can you use ground ginger as well?

I prefer fresh ginger root in this recipe over ground ginger powder. Ginger root tastes almost spicy when eaten raw, while ground ginger has a more earthy flavor similar to ground turmeric. But, if you don’t have a high-speed blender, you can quickly make these ginger shots by whisking together ground ginger with the other ingredients.

Do the ginger shots burn when you drink them?

Not going to lie, they do! The potent flavor compounds in fresh ginger can give you a fiery sensation in your mouth when drinking ginger shots. That’s normal, but you can always drink a little water afterwards.

Can you add other ingredients and flavors?

Yes! To make your ginger shots even healthier, you can always tweak the recipe and add raw honey, turmeric root, aloe vera juice, pineapple juice, or apple cider vinegar.

More Healthy Drink Recipes

Want more recipes to help boost your immune system? Give these a try!

Enjoy these homemade ginger shots for a wellness boost! Once you make them, I’d love to hear what you think of them in the comment box below.

Two ginger shots next to lemon and ginger.

Ginger Shots (Better Than Store Bought!)

4.97 from 61 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Start your day with an anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and antioxidant blast! These super-simple ginger shots take just minutes to make with a high-speed blender. Watch how I make them in the video below!



  • ¼ cup ginger root, washed, roughly chopped
  • cup lemon juice, from 3 to 4 lemons
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • pinch or two cayenne pepper


  • Place all the ingredients in a high-powered blender. Put the lid on the blender, and process until the ginger and lemon juice mixture is smooth.
    Making ginger shots in a blender.
  • Strain the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer.
    Pour the ginger juice through a fine mesh strainer into a glass.
  • Press on the solids with the back of a spoon to extract as much juice as possible.
    Pushing down on the ginger mixture in the strainer, to extract as much juice as possible.
  • Pour the strained liquid into shot glasses and drink all at once.
    Two ginger shots on a table.

Lisa’s Tips

  • You can always double, triple, or quadruple this recipe and save the remaining ginger shots for up to one week in a sealed container in the fridge. I love to make an extra-large batch and then freeze leftovers in a Souper Cubes tray. If you use this small tray, a shot is equal to about 2 frozen cubes. You can then just thaw and enjoy as needed! 


Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 4mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: ginger shot recipe, ginger shots, wellness shots
Did you make this recipe?Mention @downshiftology or tag #downshiftology!

Recipe originally posted September 2020, but updated to include new information.

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About the author

Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. I double the recipe so I have a whole weeks worth. If I can find fresh turmeric, I use half fresh turmeric half ginger and add fresh cracked black pepper. I never have a shortage of citrus in the winter, so I use whatever I have on hand to get to 2/3 cup. I’ve used lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit, they’ve all been good.

    I’ve been making these juice shots for the last two flu seasons and – knock on wood! – I haven’t been sick. So of course I’m making them again this year. I love doing it first thing in the morning to wake myself up. 

  2. I make a large batch of these shots with fresh ginger. I freeze the strained juice in large cube trays and then freeze the pulp in scooped portions. I use the pulp in curries, soups, stir-fries, tossed with vegetables before roasting. Basically anywhere you would use grated ginger. The pulp still has kick even after the juice has been extracted. 5 stars

  3. So healthy!! I make these in a larger batch for the week. I add mini cucumbers, a little fresh pineapple, small amount of pineapple juice and use pineapple water. To make pineapple water you simply boil pineapple skin in filtered water with cinnamon sticks for about 40 minutes, then simmer for 20. I still haven’t figured out a way to use the leftover “paste” yet. Thank you for sharing!5 stars

  4. I made this using frozen ginger root. I grated it frozen, then used an immersion blender. Since the pieces were so fine, I didn’t even need to strain it. 5 stars

    1. You can always double this recipe and save the remaining ginger shots for up to one week in a sealed container in the fridge.

  5. My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe, thanks!  If I wanted to add turmeric root as you suggested as an extra ingredient, do I just add a small piece raw like the ginger root? 5 stars

  6. Amazing shot recipe thanks so much. Do you have any recipes on what to do with the reaming pulp? Seems like it can be whipped into something yummy. Thanks5 stars

    1. I haven’t tested out anything yet using the leftover pulp. But if you do, please let me know what you come up with!

    2. Hi. How much ginger would u recommend a day. I saw somewhere 50 grams in a pure shot so I have been putting this amount in a smoothie and have been doing so for a while now , but have seen recently max amount 4 grams per day? Thanks in advance

  7. This is an excellent recipe. I use a similar one. I peal ginger and lemons and blend them, adding a bit of water. Then I strain it to have the liquid and small pieces of ginger and lemon. I add a big spoon of honey. In one go I make 0.5 litres of the juice and later disolve it with water. It can be a hot drink (lemon ginger tea) or refreshing cold drink.5 stars

  8. Hi Lisa,
    can you substitute the coconut water with another liquid? I l live in Italy and it is very difficult to find some here, and the only one I found was chemical flavoured so a big no for me.
    Thank you for your help!!

  9. I absolutely love this recipe thank you and it’s so easy to make every morning. If I was to add fresh turmeric how much would I add? 5 stars

  10. Can this be made in 64oz or 48 oz vitamix?
    I plan to buy a vitamix but am unclear whether your recipes, which you make in a 64oz container, have to be proportioned for the 48 oz,, and also if texuture varies with container size/shape. What model would you recommend for single person household wanting shots/salad dressing capability plus multi serving soup recipe capacity?
    Thanks for your authenticity and recipes for those of us trying to solve auto-immune issues with healthy food! 

    1. For sauces or even these ginger shots, any Vitamix would work really since you’re blending a smaller amount compared to soups or other types of recipes.

  11. I had a holiday in Thailand and I was introduced to these shots and I was unable to find a recipe with quantities Thank you very much Regards Gail from Australia5 stars

  12. Ginger, lemon, and cayenne are all part of our standard pantry already – whipping this together was genuinely easier than running to the grocery store or juice shop to buy it. Many thanks for the simple, straightforward recipe!5 stars

  13. I’ve been following you for a while and I’ve never been disappointed with a recipe! I’m excited to try this as I’m dealing with chronic pain and just not feeling well in general. If I were to use ground ginger is it still 1/4 cup? or would it be a different measurement?5 stars

    1. Keep in mind that ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger is the equivalent of one teaspoon of peeled and grated fresh ginger. Ground ginger is much more potent, so I would use about 3 to 4 teaspoons of ground ginger.

  14. Thanks so much,I brought all the ingredients today,now I don’t have to bye anymore shots, from the supermarket,much love 😀4 stars

  15. Hi Lisa. I did this recipe, I used ginger home made paste and substituted the cayenne pepper with Turmeric. It came out great! Thanks for your recipe5 stars

  16. I’m so happy with this app… I just tried one yesterday felt great and forgot I hadn’t had my second energy drink… Because I felt so good and usually I don’t notice much from shots. However the price was crazy and even when they’re coldpressed an organic nothing beats fresh so Can’t wait to do this tomorrow5 stars

  17. I don’t know how people down ginger shots from the store. I have to sip mine. Ginger BURNS. Last time I tried it in one take I thought my insides were about to explode. I genuinely almost puked it back up. 😂5 stars

  18. I confess: I am lazy, especially first thing in the morning. A local supermarket recently enlarged its vegan offerings and now sell 150ml ginger shots. They cost €0,99, and contain 65% apple juice, 25% ginger juice, and 10% lemon juice, all fresh-squeezed. There are no additives. I keep them in the refrigerator and pop one open as soon as I can drag my self to the refrigerator. Healthy greetings from Austria!

  19. I just discovered your recipes and I’ve already made like 5 of them! Thanks so much for providing great, healthy recipes for us. 
    If someone doesn’t have a blender, can powdered ginger be used and if so, how much would you recommend? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kryss – I haven’t tried this recipe with powdered ginger, but dried spices are typically used at 1/3 the amount of fresh. So give that a try!

  20. Do you think it would be possible to double or triple tis recipe and store it in the fridge for a weeks worth? Would be nice to make it on Sunday and have ginger juice shots for the week!

  21. Hi Lisa, Thank you for all your wonderful videos . I just tried the ginger shot recipe which was pungent. question for you…what do you do the leftover ginger in the strainer? throw it away or can you make tea from it? Thank you!5 stars

  22. Walk, don’t run and get the ingredients to make this simple, healthy health shot!!!! I have a Vitamix but I guess I always assumed I needed a juicer to make this. Thank you Lisa for sharing this! LIFE CHANGER 🙌5 stars

  23. I have made this so many times! It is strong but delicious.  I used to purchase the ginger shots at Trader Joe’s at $1.99 for 2 oz.  but not any more!! Thanks Lisa!!!5 stars

  24. I love your content and videos! I see a lot of people use coconut water, milk, etc in their recipes and this one in particular. I have a severe allergy to it. What ingredient would you recommend in its place?

  25. Today was the fIrst time I tried a ginger shot, your recipe is invigorating; love the heat! Thank you for sharing so many great glutton free whole food recipes. 5 stars

  26. Thanks so much for your quick and easy recipe it is a very very best I have ever tasted and it truly is a lot cheaper to make your own than to go and buy it already made! I appreciate you because you always have the best efficient recipes that are cost-effective thanks again sincerely Angel star5 stars

    1. Homemade ginger shots are the best! Glad you enjoyed this recipe and can now save a bit of money on store-bought ginger shots.

    1. Hi Lisa!

      I recently came across your Youtube channel and I love it! This recipe turned out great!

      Out of curiosity, after straining the juice, can the left over bits be used for anything? If so, what do you recommend?

      I made a larger batch so I have half a glass full of the strained bits.

      Thank you so much! 

      1. Hi Tiffany – You can use the pulp for smoothies, but I haven’t tried using it for anything else yet. If you do, let me know what you come up with :)

      2. You could add it to muffin mix before baking. I’ve done that with the remains of juiced beets and carrots and so it should work with the ginger root too.

  27. Can you make a batch of these and store?  How long would they last in fridge, or freezer?  Do you lose nutritional benefit if you don’t consume immediately?5 stars

    1. Hi Brittany – yes, you can definitely make a larger batch! It’s hard to say how much nutritional benefit you’d lose, but personally, I still think it’s worth it. You can keep them in the fridge for about 4-5 days or the freezer for months. Just add them to an ice cube tray!

  28. Thanks, Lisa! You’re right, these are SOOOOO expensive when bought from the market!

    Would you consider adding a recipe (equivalent) for turmeric lime juice shots too? :)

  29. I tried this recipe just this morning, but added 1tbsp of organic turmeric powder. I had to add a little agave to tone it down until I get used to it, but the drink itself was DELICIOUS, and the burn was invigorating!!
    I’m going to try doing this every morning for a week, with the goal of doing it for one month.
    Thanks for sharing!!5 stars

  30. Do you recommend a particular brand of coconut water? I’ve seen mixed reviews about locally available brands and I’m never sure if I’m wasting money or buying a decent product.

  31. Absolutely amazing. Before I tried these shots I had problem with having enough energy for my busy day. I’ve tried supplements, energising teas and had to drink red bull from time to time just to get through the day. These shots changed it for me, I feel energised like never and I’m sure with time they will improve my immune system.5 stars

    1. Oh wonderful! I’m happy you loved this ginger shot recipe and you’ve experienced such positive benefits. Thanks for sharing Benita!

  32. This recipe was fabulous! Love shots like this for boosting my family’s immunity, especially this time of year! Will definitely make again!5 stars

  33. Super easy, healthy, and delicious! I love the ginger and coconut combo and I’ve used cayenne in my healing beverages since my college days, so it’s a welcome addition to this recipe. Thanks for sharing!5 stars