Ginger (Zingiber Officinalis) is a wonderfully spicy herb. Ginger root has been used traditionally in Chinese medicine for thousands of years and is widely used to treat nausea and digestive distress.
Rich in antioxidants and potent gingerols modern scientific studies have shown that ginger is a fantastic anti-inflammatory and as well as helping us fight off colds it can reduce muscular aches and pains caused by exercising and arthritis. It may also help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and heart attacks.
Ginger is lovely and warming. In cold weather a shot of fresh ginger juice is a fiery way to start the day.
This recipe makes enough for two shots so is great for sharing, or you can use a small container to store the
second shot in the fridge for later. Alternatively make some frozen ginger zingers (see below).
Play around the amount of ginger. I actually enjoy 100% pure ginger juice slammers, but I'm weird that way. My OH likes a lot of apple with a very small amount of ginger, and my son thinks we're both bonkers.
Once you've worked out what strength of ginger juice you enjoy then how about making up an extra batch of juice and freezing it so you always have some on hand. Great for those times when you want some NOW but don't want to break out the juicer.
Simply use an ice-cube tray or chocolate mold (amazon.com) to make frozen ginger shots. Once frozen you can either keep them in the tray, or pop them out and store them in a container or a zip-lock bag in your freezer.
These ginger zingers are about 20ml and melt in your mouth like a spicy mini-popsicle. So good.