Ginger-Turmeric Tonic (Boozy or Not)

December 10, 2021
2 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • makes 3 to 4 cups of tonic
Author Notes

I first enjoyed this ginger-turmeric tonic at Saltie in Williamsburg, the now-closed, female-owned sandwich shop started by Rebecca Colerton and Caroline Fidanza. Its turmeric tonic contains fabulous anti-inflammatory properties and a ton of bold flavor. Fresh ginger, turmeric, cardamom, and black pepper are simmered in water, strained, and mixed with lemon juice and honey, creating a drink that is equally delicious as it is healthful. In this preparation, I show you how to turn it into a cocktail with spiced-rum or Lyres Dark Cane Spirit. Whether you enjoy it on its own or with a spirit, it is sure to be your new favorite winter drink. —Elena

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Ginger-Turmeric Tonic (Boozy or Not)
  • Ginger-Turmeric Tonic
  • 1 (2-inch) knob fresh turmeric, peeled and grated, or 2 teaspoons ground turmeric powder
  • 1 (2-inch) knob ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 cardamom pods, ground
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Ginger-Turmeric Tonic Cocktail
  • 1 1/2 ounces spiced rum or rum alternative (such as Lyres Dark Cane Spirit)
  • 3 ounces ginger-turmeric tonic (see recipe above)
  • 1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Lemon peel and fresh ginger, for garnish
  1. Ginger-Turmeric Tonic
  2. Make the tonic: Combine grated turmeric, ginger, ground cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 2 cups water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until fragrant. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a lidded heatproof container.
  3. In a separate container, whisk together honey and lemon juice. Add to the turmeric mixture along with 2 more cups of water. Refrigerate until chilled.
  4. Serve over ice or in the cocktail preparation below, and enjoy in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  1. Ginger-Turmeric Tonic Cocktail
  2. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously until chilled.
  3. Strain into a new glass with fresh ice and garnish with a fresh piece of ginger and lemon zest. Enjoy!

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1 Review

Cheryl December 17, 2021
This drink is great. very refreshing.