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The Ginger Shot That Will Keep Cold and Flu Away

Having a ginger shot a day seems to be a hot habit now. And when I say hot I mean it in both ways, get it? :)

Ginger is a miracle plant that has lots of health benefits. It’s anti-inflammatory and it boosts your immune system, which means that is a natural weapon against cold and flu. Also ginger is in a serious relationship with lemon. You will always see these two together. And the reason is simple: together they’re stronger. Meaning in boosts your immune system better.

Since I live in an area with quite cold winters, catching a cold or flue is quite common. So I decided to try make my own ginger shot and to test its benefits on myself.

ingredients for ginger shots

Quick & Easy Ginger Shot Recipe

All you’ll need for your very own ginger shots are:

  • a big, juicy lemon (or two medium lemons);
  • 2-3 tablespoons of honey;
  • 25 grams of ginger – I like my shot to be quite concentrated and I will admit that it is spicy (burning spicy). So you can lower the ginger part;
  • a blender – similar here (on sale!).


1. First, squeeze the juice from the lemon (or lemons) and strain it. You can leave the pulp in, but there will also be tiny bits of ginger in it so it might be too thick to drink.

2. Add the lemon juice and honey into your blender.

3. Chop ginger roughly and add it to the blender as well.

4. Mix everything for 30 seconds to one minute. Honey is quite thick and you want it to be well incorporated (trust me). Also, ginger has quite a hard texture and it won’t be turned into a paste or something close to that consistency. You will still be able to feel some really small ginger bits in the shot. I like to strain it because I don’t like the gingery bits.

Also, don’t be scared because they are foamy in the pictures – I blended the hell out of it, so it’s normal.

If you follow this recipe, you will end up with a sweet, yet spicy ginger shot. If you add 3 tablespoons of honey it will definitely be sweeter.

In case you haven’t tasted ginger by now, let me warn you. It is spicy! I personally don’t like it, that’s why I consume it in shots. With this recipe, the shot will be sweet at the beginning. But don’t let yourself fooled! It will still be super spicy by the time you swallow it. If you didn’t have ginger until now, I advise you to lower the ginger part in the recipe.

ginger shots

This recipe will give you 6 to 8 shots of ginger, depending on your shot glasses. This is enough for two people for almost a week of daily ginger shots. Also, keep the remaining mixture in the fridge.

I started drinking ginger shots a few weeks ago when I was feeling quite bad. I was feeling like I was about to catch a cold and I didn’t want that to happen before finals. Also, I don’t have them daily, because I’m not sure it’s 100% healthy to have them on a daily basis. Anyway, in the end, they actually kept the cold away and all I get is a runny nose when I go inside a warm place.

Have you tried having a ginger shot? I have to admit that they’re not for everyone.

Note: Please don’t take this natural remedy for granted. It is not a medicine! Ginger, lemon juice and honey are proven to help boost your immune system and help it fight against colds. Also, note the benefits of this drink depends on other factors such as your overall health and immune system. Please visit a doctor if you caught a cold!

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  • I am so on board with this! Ginger and lemon is honestly the best mixture for when you aren’t feeling well. It does wonders for digestion too!

  • I had no idea ginger helps ward off the sickies! I have a juicer. I prob should whip that bad boy out and make some ginger shots.

  • Wendie Schneider

    Great thing for uneasy stomachs and immune support this season!! Thanks for this post!

  • Chelsea-Catherine Cobb Croom

    I had no clue about this trick! I’m getting a juicer today! This is awesome!

  • Ashley Stephenson

    Never heard of this! What a useful tip!

  • Stephanay Jnote

    I love the combination. I try to use ginger daily. I juice almost everyday and add ginger to it. But I love the ginger lemon and honey combination. Sounds so good. Great tea.

  • To be honest in the beginning I hated this but it’s great for pains so I kept on drinking it, I got used to it..so I sort of like it I guess?

    Mafer Writes x

    • I totally understand where you’re coming from! I don’t like ginger too much either, it’s too spicy for me. Having it like shots is the only way I can have it, so far.

  • What a great recipe to have! I hate being sick so definitely need to remember this one!

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    So glad I came across this! I started feeling under the weather the other day and was wondering what home remedies I could take to boost my immune system…Totally bookmarking this for future reference!

    • Glad you found a solution, Joscelyn! As I said, ginger is a miracle plant, because it not just boosts your immune system, it also helps digestion and lowers the blood pressure. True winner! Hope it will make you feel better!

  • Ginger has so many health benefits! It’s also very good for the heart!

    • Yes, I know, it lower the blood pressure and it takes care of your blood vessels. It’s amazing how many benefits only one plant can have.

  • Stephanie Parrell

    This post couldn’t come at a better time for me. I am just in the beginning stage of the cold, I am going to go home on my lunch and try this out.

    • Get better soon, Stephanie! Hope the ginger shot will help.

  • Never tried this kind of drink, but if it is good for health it is worth trying xoxo


  • Sarah Jean

    I have a big chunk of ginger in my fridge I am going to try this with! Just need to pick up some lemons now. Pinning to my healthy board too!

  • I need to try it! I was battling a cold for weeks and now it’s gone but can feel it creep up and I just want to be healthy.

  • This is such a great idea! I have to remember this. Thank you for sharing!

  • Candy Kage

    Sounds simple enough and if it keeps the flu away I am all for trying this out.

  • Dude this is awesome! I’m so excited to try this recipe! Ginger is amazing and so are ginger shots but I’ve never done my own at home.

    • I know that there are a lot of smoothie shops out there selling it and I was like: “Wait. I can do this at home. WTF”

  • This is so simple, it’s great. My immune system crashes and burns in the winter, I’ll be trying this. Although, I must say I HATE the taste of ginger. My mom is obsessed with ginger tea, I don’t have the taste buds for it.

    • I totally understand it! I think you might be my lost sister, because I also don’t like the taste and my Mum loves it, haha. But the shot is bearable.

  • Rheanna

    I’ve heard this before but I’ve not found a recipe like this! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Leslie Nichole

    I wish I would’ve came across this post last week. I came down with the flu on Sunday and I am just not starting to feel a little better. Haha, things to keep on hand!

    • Hope you’ll well soon, Leslie!

  • I have never heard about and never tried ginger shot. I don’t like the taste of ginger, but we are in the middle of a flu epidemic so I will try it. Hope it will help us to regain our health.

    • I don’t like its taste either. That’s why I can’t stand drinking ginger teas. This is a small, yet concentrated amount and you will drink it right away instead of sipping it. It will burn a little your neck, just like a real shot. But I promise, with the lemon and honey, it’s bearable.

  • What a great idea! I get sick a lot so this is perfect.

  • tina johnson

    I love holistic methods to keep colds away. My kids are bringing in school germs left and right. I time to start doing something to prevent it. The whole household is turned upside down when MOM is sick :)

  • Belle Bermudez-Tubel

    We love ginger at home! We even use it to make our sore throat better or if we lost our voice!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • I might have to try this – I know ginger has great properties since I use it for motion sickness too.

  • Holly Habeck

    Ooh, I love this! I’m very interested in natural remedies, so I’ll definitely have to give this one a shot :) I HATE taking cold medicine, so this is a great alternative! xx


  • This is a great idea. All great ingredients for boosting the immune system. I’ll have to try this out!

  • Definitely going to have to try this ASAP! I feel a cold coming on and a sore throat. Perhaps this will help!

  • I’m all for taking the natural approach to preventing illness. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’m definitely going to give it a try.

  • I have tried something similar before and I just can’t go past ginger taste. I am not a fan. But I love how good it works!

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • I get you, I don’t like it either. But shot is waaay better than tea. It just makes everything go away fast. You can have a few sips of water after you had the ginger shot to help you get over the spicy taste.

  • Love natural remedies to fight off sickness at the turn of the seasons. I don’t care much for ginger, but I think I could do it in shot form!

  • Love this idea and I always like natural ways to keep healthy!

  • Yolanda

    I am always looking for natural remedies and I haven’t tried this one but definitely will when I feel a cold coming on. Saved to make later :)

  • Anna Hubbard

    Oooh, I’ll have to keep this in mind for this season! I hate being sick!

  • I LOVE ginger shots this time of the year. I also sometimes make this wellness tonic I found, which has coconut water, stevia, honey, ginger, orange juice & lemon juice in it. It’s so delicious, and I totally feel like these at-home remedies work! xx


    • Your tonic definitely sounds more delicious than this ginger shot!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Love this! I am definitely trying this when the weather turns cold. Great post!

    • “when the weather turns cold”?! It snowed here a few days ago, haha.

  • What a great idea to use the blender. I never thought of it and the juicer just does not juice the same as when I get shots outside of home.

    • I actually don’t have a juicer, so that’s why I ended up using a blender. I did use my Mum’s juicer for this recipe and I don’t like how it “juices” the ginger – it chops it really finely and gives you almost no juice.

  • Farha Cutypie

    Never heard of this ginger shot… Going to try this awesome and easy recipe which is healthy for all this cold season

  • This is great since flu season is right around the corner and the temperatures are dropping!

  • Krystin

    Omg, I have to try this! I’m all about using ginger right now, I really noticed a difference in my dizziness and headaches when I started putting it in my peppermint tea!

  • Oooh, I love a good drink with ginger but I don’t know if I could do a shot like this. It does sound rather good though,

  • Monica Ray

    Very cool. Ginger is so underrated and can definitely provides a lot of relief for those miserable colds. I’ve had ginger, lemon, honey concoctions since I was a child, but you’ve certainly jazzed it up!