Ginger Shots (with Variations!)

Three immunity boosting ginger shot recipes perfect for busy mornings or a quick boost. See how I make my favorite lemon ginger shot recipe, plus two more delicious variations (carrot ginger and spinach ginger).

Homemade Ginger Shots

I tried my first ginger shot while traveling. I was jet lagged, drained, and had a pounding headache. I ordered a fresh lemon ginger shot at a juice bar, and to my surprise, it was really delicious! I even felt a bit better afterward. It’s hard to say if it was the nutrients or the refreshing taste, but either way, I knew I had to try making ginger shots at home!

These homemade ginger shots make me feel good, boost my energy, and prepare me for my day. They also taste so much better than store-bought! For more homemade juices, try our green detox juice or lemon ginger beet juice.

Immunity Boosting Ginger Shots including Lemon Ginger, Carrot Ginger and a Green Apple Ginger Shot

Key Ingredients

You have a few options for this recipe. You’ll need fresh ginger and lemon for a basic ginger shot, or add more flavor with salt, cayenne, and honey. You’ll need additional ingredients for the carrot and spinach ginger shot variations (shown in our photos).

  • Ginger: I use fresh ginger to make these shots. Look for ginger that is firm with smooth skin (not wrinkled or dried out). If you have ginger leftover, use it in one of our other ginger recipes.
  • Lemon: I use fresh lemons for juices and ginger shots, but remove the peel and seeds before juicing them.
  • Salt, cayenne, and honey: You can stick with ginger and lemon juice or add a pinch of salt, cayenne, and honey to make them taste even better. Ginger shots are potent, so the honey does a great job of balancing the flavor. Maple syrup is also an excellent substitute for honey.
  • Carrot: To make carrot ginger shots, include a medium carrot scrubbed clean (no need to peel it). The carrot balances the spicy ginger and adds a bit of extra vitamin C.
  • Spinach and green apple: To make spinach ginger shots, I use a cup of spinach leaves and half a green apple with the seeds removed.

How to Make Ginger Shots

Let’s start by talking about making basic ginger shots. These are the ones I make most often. I use my Omega slow/cold-press juicer for this recipe (not sponsored, it’s just the one I have at home).

Most juicers on the market will do a good job juicing both ginger and lemon. The photo below shows extracted ginger juice on the right, and what’s left of the ginger on the left.

Juicing fresh ginger for ginger shot

You can still make ginger shots if you don’t have a juicer! Blend the ginger with a few tablespoons of water in a high-powered blender for 60 to 90 seconds. Then, strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer before adding the lemon juice, salt, cayenne, and honey.

If you make morning ginger shots regularly, consider investing in a juicer, which extracts much more ginger juice than blending. Then, juice a large hunk of ginger, add it to a jar, and refrigerate to make ginger shots for the next few days.

To make the carrot ginger juice, you can either push the carrot through your juicer or blend it, just like you do with the ginger. I recommend sticking with a juicer for the spinach variation, as it does a better job of juicing leafy greens than a blender.

Storing Ginger Shots

Ginger shots are best enjoyed fresh, but they can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Before you drink one, give it a good shake, as the ingredients may separate.

If you want to store your ginger shots longer, you can freeze them in ice cube trays. Once frozen, transfer the ginger shot cubes to a freezer-safe bag and store them for up to 3 months. Thaw the cubes in the refrigerator overnight. They won’t taste as fresh, but still do the trick.

More Juices and Smoothies

Ginger Shots including Lemon Ginger, Carrot Ginger and a Green Apple Ginger Shot

Ginger Shots (with Variations!)

  • PREP

You will love these immunity boosting ginger shots. In general, aim for about 1 teaspoon of ginger juice per shot. More than that can make it too spicy. I don’t peel the ginger before juicing. I scrub and rinse the ginger root to remove dirt, then pass it through my juicer.

Since we’re making shot-sized juices, getting the juicer out every morning doesn’t make much sense. Instead, I’ve gotten into the habit of juicing a large piece of ginger at once and storing it in the refrigerator for a few days. Then, when you want a shot, add your lemon juice and any other optional ingredients, and enjoy!

Makes 2 shots

You Will Need

Lemon Ginger Shots

1-inch length piece fresh ginger, scrubbed clean

1 large lemon

Pinch fine sea salt, optional

Tiny pinch cayenne pepper, optional

1 teaspoon honey, optional


1 medium carrot, scrubbed clean

1/2 small green apple, seeds removed

1 cup packed spinach leaves


  • Basic Lemon Ginger Shots
  • 1Chop the ginger into thin pieces small enough to fit in your juicer.

    2Cut away the yellow peel from the lemon, leaving most white pith and lemon flesh. Cut into slices and remove any seeds.

    3Turn the juicer on and push everything through, alternating ginger and lemon.

    4Stir in a pinch of salt, a tiny pinch of cayenne (optional), and honey (optional). Divide the juice between small glasses and enjoy.

  • Variations
  • 1For carrot ginger shots, turn the juicer on and push everything through, alternating ginger, lemon, and carrot. Stir in a pinch of salt, a tiny pinch of cayenne (optional), and honey (optional).

    2For spinach ginger shots, turn the juicer on and push everything through, alternating ginger, spinach, carrot, and lemon. Stir in a pinch of salt, a tiny pinch of cayenne (optional), and honey (optional).

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • How to make ginger shots in a blender: Add chopped ginger to a high-powered blender with a few tablespoons of water and blend until smooth. Press the pulp through a fine mesh strainer to separate the juice from the pulp. A juicer will make much better juice and will have less waste, but this gets you close. Greens don’t do well in the blender, so use a juicer for the spinach variation.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Calories 16 / Protein 1 g / Carbohydrate 5 g / Total Sugars 1 g / Total Fat 0 g / Cholesterol 0 mg
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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11 comments… Leave a Review
  • Pamela January 9, 2023, 10:01 am

    I’m inspired!

    • Joanne January 10, 2023, 5:00 pm

      Love it!

  • Pamela January 9, 2023, 10:00 am

    My daughter sends me your recipes and we love them. I thought it was about time I subscribed!

    • Joanne January 10, 2023, 5:00 pm

      Yay, welcome Pamela!

  • Purvey May 14, 2020, 11:53 pm

    Ginger shot was delicious

  • Shell March 25, 2020, 6:00 am

    I made the ginger and lemon shot use my smoothie maker and it came out just fine didn’t have lemons so i used a lime hope that was ok to use.

  • William October 28, 2019, 2:46 pm

    Tried your beetroot juice this morning, amazing!!!! Tomorrow morning we will try the lemon ginger shot….Had to use the blender, but seriously thinking about the juicer after it was so awesome.

  • Christine T Hayden July 14, 2019, 6:20 pm

    Just made your ginger, lemon, spinach shot. We don’t have a juicer but a Ninja. I added water. No apple as we do Keto..Was delicious..Will share a picture next time. Thanks for this recipe.

  • Carole June 23, 2018, 3:57 pm

    Omega juicer arrives tomorrow will be making these shots! Yay, thanks for sharing

  • Kevin October 2, 2017, 4:01 pm

    Will do soon

  • James Washington August 14, 2017, 8:21 am

    Spicy nice flavor


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