Spicy Turmeric Lemonade

The last thing you want to do when you feel lethargic is drink alcohol. Alcohol, excepting the occasional few ounces of medicinal wine or spirit, dulls the mind by overwhelming the body with simple sugars. Having other beverages to choose from, especially when entertaining, is very helpful in sustaining a new habit. On a warm day, sit with a friend, relax, and have a glass of this bright orange, spicy lemonade. It’s quite a conversation starter. Allow time for cooling the spicy syrup as you plan for guests. And easy on the ice.

from Everyday Ayurvedic Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind by Kate O'Donnell. Photograph by Cara Brostrom.

Spicy Turmeric Lemonade


2-inch piece fresh ginger, crushed
½ tsp ground turmeric
3 cups water
¼ cup raw honey
½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
1 cup ice


To make the syrup, boil the ginger and turmeric with 1 cup of the water, covered, in a small saucepan for 10 minutes. (Boil longer if you want it stronger.) Take off the heat, and cool for 3–5 minutes. Stir in the honey until dissolved. Refrigerate until cold.

Combine the ginger-turmeric syrup, fresh lemon juice, and the remaining 2 cups of water. Divide into four glasses, each with a few cubes of ice.

-From Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm Clear Mind by Kate O’Donnell © 2018 by Kate O’Donnell. Photographs © 2018 by Cara Brostrom. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO. www.shambhala.com

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