The weather is warming up and I am so excited about making cold drinks and ice-creams at home!! I had a couple in mind, I just didn’t know which one to post first ..but I have finally decided and here I am writing it down for you ..
Ok, so this drink recipe is totally inspired by my first trip to Bali just a few weeks ago. I was served turmeric drinks several times there. One of them was prior to my massage session, and every time I had it, I would ask the waitress later (as I usually do) about the ingredients in that drink .. the answer was pretty much the same every time: ‘ turmeric, honey and lemon juice maddaaam’
The reason behind wanting to make this drink at home is definitely not because it’s the best tasting drink ever ! (that would be a big fat lie) .. I wanted to make it because it has TURMERIC !! I’ve been reading about its health benefits lately .. apparently it is Amaaaazing!! so I thought I’d try introducing it to my family in the form of a drink for the first time.
I had to add my touch though to make it more interesting especially for the kids. I usually make them a warm Ginger drink, we call it the ‘superman drink’ during winter, to boost their immune system and to heal sore throats. I basically boil a piece of fresh ginger root and add some lemon juice and honey to it, they don’t mind it at all, I think mainly because they know it makes them feel better.
So I thought I’d make this one a little different by serving it cold, adding an orange flavour, a spice and some fizz, and see if I could get away with it.
They actually liked it !! especially the fizziness and orangey flavour in there. My daughter thought it tasted like one of those calming drinks you’d have before a massage, and my son thought it was a healthy Fanta !!(not that he drinks Fanta but he just knows it’s orange in colour and fizzy.. haha!) doesn’t matter .. all I care about is that they liked it. Yay!
Turmeric has been used as a medicine for thousands of years for its purifying qualities. It helps cleanse the liver, boost immunity and improve circulation and digestion. It has anti- inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Turmeric is such a powerful root, just knowing some of its health benefits makes me want to snack on it everyday..
The fresh Turmeric root has a unique earthy flavour, it can be found in the healthy section of grocery stores (I usually find it packaged and stored in the fridge), or you could easily find it in Indian markets. If you can’t find it, you could substitute it in this recipe with half to 1 teaspoon of dried ground turmeric.
- 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh turmeric root (washed, unpeeled)
- 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger or quarter a teaspoon of dried ground ginger
- 1 whole star anise
- 1 whole dried clove
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 tablespoons of raw good quality honey
- the juice of 2 blood oranges
- the juice of 1 lemon
- 4 cups of water
- ice cubes
- 500 ml cold sparkling water to serve.
- add star anise, cinnamon stick and clove to the water in a large sauce pan over high heat.
- bring water to boil then simmer for 1 minute.
- remove from heat. Add turmeric and ginger immediately.
- steep uncovered for 10 mins. Stir in honey until dissolved.
- allow to cool to room temperature then stir in orange and lemon juices.
- strain the drink into another jar and leave some space in the jar for adding ice later.
- chill in fridge before serving
- on serving, add some ice to the jar. Pour into individual glasses filling up 3/4 of each glass with turmeric drink and topping up with sparkling water.
- Turmeric root has a strong colour and can stain your hands and clothes. Stir drink before serving as turmeric particles can settle at the bottom of the jar.