Citrus Turmeric Spice Drink ~ a detoxifying drink full of antioxidants
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Citrus Turmeric Detox Drink

After a wonderfully successful 2017, which we highlighted in our 2017 – A Year in Review post, here we are back to start a new year and excited to begin sharing wholesome and fresh recipes with you!  Does anyone else feel fat and over-sugared and overall has a sort of gross uncomfortable feeling in his/her stomach?  Do the words “detox”, “cleanse”, “healthy” and “green” fill you with hope and gladness?  Well, you’re not alone.  While Christmas and New Year’s were lovely times filled with family and friends, as much as we tried to keep our eating in check, somehow no matter all our efforts, we fell into the trap of over-eating, eating too much sugar and not enough fresh fruits and vegetables (if you’ve managed to escape this “Bermuda triangle” phenomena, please let us know your secret).  The new year is definitely the time to re-focus on nutritious recipes that will get us back on track and make us feel vibrant and energetic once more.

Citrus Turmeric Drink ~ a detoxifying drink loaded with antioxidants

Before we share our first recipe of 2018, I wanted to note that A Pinch of Yum is hosting a Sugar-Free January, encouraging you to eliminate refined sugar from your diet for 30 days.  White sugar is linked to a host of health issues including tooth decay, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and cancer, so eliminating it or even reducing it as much as possible will only make your body thank you.  While most sweeteners should only be used in moderation, some acceptable substitutes are:

  • honey
  • maple syrup
  • brown rice syrup
  • date sugar
  • blackstrap molasses

For an even more healthy alternative, you can try to incorporate applesauce into your baking.  This challenge is being kept rather open and flexible …… reducing intake is most important so do what you can, but also try to challenge yourself as well.

Citrus Turmeric Detox Drink ~ a detoxifying drink loaded with antioxidants!

And so since we’ve felt overfed and over-sugared these last weeks, we’ve decided to make our first recipe of 2018 a beverage, but one filled with nutritious and healthy spices.  Our Citrus Turmeric Detox Drink will not only give you much needed vitamins and minerals, but will help cleanse your body of the overindulgence of the holidays.

Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, improves digestion and helps lower cholesterol

Ginger:  also an anti-inflammatory and aids in digestion, it boosts the immune system and warms the body to kill or ward off colds and flu

Lime or Lemon juice: with its high amounts of vitamin C, it has high amounts of antioxidants which protect against free-radical damage in the body.  Its acidity also aids the liver with bile production which improves digestion and absorption of nutrients.  It also has an alkalizing effect inside the body.

Cinnamon: like other ingredients in this recipe, it is anti-inflammatory, contains high levels of antioxidants, lowers cholesterol and also lowers blood sugar levels, aids in cognitive function, and protects against tooth decay, along with many other benefits.

Cayenne: can boost your metabolism and aid in weight loss, helps prevent blood clots, fights colds and flu, and a host of other positive effects.

To read more about the benefits of turmeric, read 10 Health Benefits and Uses for Turmeric Curcumin Supplements.

Citrus Turmeric Drink ~ a detoxifying drink loaded with antioxidants

You can strain the liquid if you want to, removing the ginger and turmeric pieces, but I drink it all to get the maximum health benefits.  Dried turmeric can also replace the fresh, if needed: please see the note in the recipe.

Citrus Turmeric Drink ~ a detoxifying drink loaded with antioxidants

So try this quick and easy detox drink first thing in the morning.  It will leave you with a wonderfully fresh and revitalized feeling all day long!

Citrus Turmeric Spice Drink ~ a detoxifying drink full of antioxidants
5 from 7 votes

Citrus Turmeric Detox Drink

A drink with amazing health benefits!

Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 73 kcal
Author Cleo


  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon fresh turmeric, grated (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (preferably Manuka)
  • juice of 1/2 lime (or lemon, if you prefer)
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cinnamon, grated
  • 1 cup water (or enough to fill the glass)


  1. Put all the ingredient into a 8 oz.+ glass.

  2. Heat water in a kettle or on the stove just until warm (not too hot or you'll destroy some of the nutrition).

  3. Pour water into the glass until near the top.

  4. Stir until ingredients are mixed and honey is dissolved. Let sit for a few minutes more to allow the ginger and turmeric to steep. Drink and enjoy all the health benefits!

Recipe Notes

If you don't have fresh turmeric, you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric.

This recipe allows for creative flair so you can adjust the ingredients until it suits your tastes.  Enjoy!

Food for Thought: “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering, ‘it will be happier’ ……  ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Citrus Turmeric Detox Drink ~ detox each morning with a healthy drink that will revitalize you

40 thoughts on “Citrus Turmeric Detox Drink”

  1. I just made your ‘detox’ drink at the spur of the moment.
    I was going to eat a blueberry muffin….but decided to commit
    to a healthier choice!
    I used 1,5 tsp dried ginger – 1 tsp dried tumeric – juice of 1 lemon – 1/4 tsp cinnamon – no cayenne ( don’t have any…) – no sweetener (personal choice).
    Taste: it has a bite but understandable without sweetner
    I have to give the drink a stir every once and a while because the spices sink to the bottom of the glass.
    I have felt the effects of using turmeric on a daily basis in my cooking as an anti-inflammatory agent. I have sore shoulder joints… it does help!
    Conclusion: I will continue ejoying this detox drink a few times a week.
    I’m just about to go upstairs to bed (9pm CET) so I will let you know if the drink has help met sleep! 🙂

    1. That’s great! I really enjoy posting recipes that are flexible, where you can adjust to make it your own. When creating I try to make the recipe a happy medium, a recipe that I would think would appeal to people generally, but more of less of anything, if you like it, is wonderful! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2018! And I do hope that it helped you sleep better, perhaps a benefit that I didn’t expect!

      1. I slept very well! The detox effect …I’ll just have to wait and see about that. I eat normally very heallthy. But I must empasize the anti-immflammatory effect tumeric has! Anyone with sore joints…no matter how old you are….a daily 2 teaspoon is worth trying! I follow an intense fitness training 2x a week and the tumeric…well, I just look forward to it each morning! I used to take it mixed with some applesauce. I’d recommend this for anyone not used to the ‘punch’ of tumeric. Now I’ll alternate between applesauce and this detox drink!

        1. That’s great news! I do need to incorporate turmeric more often. I’m going to see if I can come up with some more recipes. Thanks for your comments, Nancy.

  2. I just take a bottle of lemon juice concentrate and drink 16oz of the stuff all at once. I eat a piece of bread before hand so my stomach doesn’t get hit so hard, but the lemon juice helps neutralize all the acidity from the carbonated drinks I tend to drink on the weekends. Works wonders for me, but not something I could recommend whole heartedly 🙂

    1. Ummmm ….. where do I start ….. 😉 16 oz.?! Really?! And concentrate? Do you think that there’s any nutritional value left in it? Do you really feel that it helps? I’m curious. I would caution that lemon is hard on tooth enamel too, so keep that in mind. Your practice made me laugh though …. although after your dried packaged meal experiment, I didn’t surprise me, lol! 🙂

      1. yeah, it’s not so much about the nutrivalue as about rebalancing the acidity/alkaline levels in the body.

        On an unrelated note, I had clicked the “notify me of new comments” but I never got any. Either of your direct reply or the other comments. We’ll see if this one comes through. Wonder if my spam is catching them.

        1. But if you could get nutrients AND balance ….. although that would mean juicing your own lemons. 😉 I see one notification for this post, so it LOOKS like all is okay on my end. However one never knows!

    1. That’s fantastic, Dominique! This drink has really taken off and I’ve had so many great comments about it. This drink and a good sleep every night and you’ll be invincible! 😉

    1. Wow, I’ve heard a couple of people say that it’s been so helpful for various sore body parts. I don’t have any issues but I think it’s a great idea to take preventatively. You’re very welcome! All the best, Gina!

  3. I love ginger, especially with citrus. This sounds like such a great detox drink. I just bought Manuka honey, too, so I’ll have to give this a try!

  4. This is my favorite drink. I grew up having ginger turmeric tea, my mom would make for us. She boiled fresh ginger in the water for a couple of minutes, then add turmeric and honey. Loved it!! The health benefits to this drink are so many!

  5. I’m not sure if I wrote a comment here, or maybe it was on Instagram, but anyway I’ve been dying to try this ever since you posted it on Instagram. It just looks so refreshing and clean and healthy!! Adding it to my list.

  6. It’s funny how certain traditional drinks tend to be forgotten because of commercial beverages. I think this ayurvedic beverage is great during winter months too, just like ginger lemon honey tea, which is commonly available when you travel across India. 🙂

    1. I’m surprised commercial beverages would be more popular than drinks like this one as it’s really delicious! Lucky you to be able to travel across India ….. I hope I will be able to one day ….!

    1. Manuka honey is wonderful for numerous things, such as using it on cuts or scrapes. It seems that you heal faster with it too. I love this drink because it’s not only delicious but it looks beautiful as well.

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