Delicious Ginger Summer Drinks

posted 2020 Jul by

How to hydrate, nourish and refresh your Chi during the summer months.

You can feel it. As soon as Summer solstice hits, the air changes, the sun becomes fiercer — leaving a blanket of warmth that lingers in the atmosphere long after it has descended below the horizon.

I pluck a sprig of mint from the plant on the terrace, add it to my freshly made iced ginger concoctions and take a sip. As the cold refreshing liquid travels down my body, I enjoy the last rays of sun lighting up the evening sky with the most spectacular colors.

Summer sunsets are to die for but sweltering in 90 to 100 degree heat — not so much. With heat comes dehydration, exhaustion and loss of Chi. You can simply cool down with ice water but that would be too boring. Why not spice it up and make it not only deliciously healthy but also nourishes, hydrates, and detoxifies your body as well?

Yes, I’m talking about Ginger!

Not because it is my favorite herb and it’s in most of our products…

Even though ginger is considered a yang and a “heat” food, when taken during summer paired with yin “cooling” foods like lime, mint and cucumber, it can be very balancing for the system.

The spicy quality of ginger stimulates to cool down body heat. Ginger is also know to be helpful in:

  • healing and protecting the gut, relieving nausea and bloating,
  • Boosting the immune system and particularly helpful in fighting colds, the flu and stomach bugs.
  • Detoxifying the system.

To balance out the Ginger are two more ingredients — Apple Cider Vinegar and lemons and/or limes.

Apple Cider Vinegar is always my go-to for all sorts of ailments such as indigestion and heartburn and is alkalizing and detoxifying. And what is summer without a squeeze of lemons/lime juice? Packed with vitamin C, they are also aid in detoxification and digestion, giving you that much-needed boost of energy and mental clarity when in the throes of summer lethargy.

These main ingredients are featured in my top 5 all time favorite Ginger-inspired drinks, which I make every year and alternate throughout the summer months.

 

5 Ginger-inspired Refreshing Drinks guaranteed to beat the summer heat.

In the summer, I make sure to always include ginger and a combination of lemon, lime and cucumber on my grocery list. I am never without a bottle of Apple cider vinegar in the pantry and have mint growing so I always have it on hand (fresh plucked mint is divine and so easy to grow!)

In the summer, I make sure to always include ginger and a combination of lemon, lime and cucumber on my grocery list. I am never without a bottle of Apple cider vinegar in the pantry and have mint growing so I always have it on hand (fresh plucked mint is divine and so easy to grow!)

I prefer filtered water but you can use sparking. I recently discovered date syrup (which is yummy and full of potassium, calcium, and magnesium) but you can use honey, cane sugar, agave or stevia to sweeten... and of course, you’ll need plenty of ice cubes!

When using ginger in a drink, it’s best to make a concentrate by quickly juicing the ginger with a blender or similar. If you don’t have one, you can steep the ginger root to make a tea in place of the concentrate.

All these drinks are non-alcoholic but would pair perfectly with vodka, rum, or tequila if you want to add an adult twist ;)

(Just be aware that excessive alcohol consumption may tip the balance and can cause dehydration.)

 

How to make GingerChi Concentrate (with a juicer or high-powered blender)

My ginger concentrate isn’t technically a concentrate, but ginger juice is strong and completely unpalatable unless diluted! I make this regularly in the Summertime. 

INGREDIENTS

3 to 4-inch piece of ginger root (washed)

Pure filtered water to fill a pint-size bottle or jar (make sure it has a good seal for freshness)

INSTRUCTIONS

Roughly chop your washed ginger root into 3-5 smaller pieces.

Chuck them into your juicer or blender.

Pour the juice (should be bright yellow) into your bottle using a funnel. If you use a blender, you may want to strain it through a muslin cloth, but I enjoy keeping the pulp, gives an extra dimension to drinks!

Add pure filtered water. 

Seal tightly and keep it in the fridge! ( Can be kept in the fridge for up to 1 week.)

 

GingerChi Ginger Ale

One of my favorites, I like to make this the evening before a heatwave to enjoy during the day.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves 

1/3 cup chopped fresh ginger

1/3 cup honey or sweetener of choice

2 cups boiling water

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice — approximately 2 lemons

1 1/2 cups cold filtered water

Fresh mint leaves

Lemon slices

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine chopped mint, ginger, and honey in a bowl. Add boiling water. Let steep for 30 minutes. Using a funnel, strain through a muslin or cheese cloth into a large bottle or jar, pressing on solids to extract liquid. Add lemon juice. At this point, you can add filtered water to have a ready made drink, or add sparkling water as you prepare each drink.

Serve over ice and garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices!

 

Quick GingerChi Refresher

INGREDIENTS

Grate a medium sized knob of ginger

Add juice of half lemon 

3 tbs cane sugar or honey (or less according to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour the mixture over a tall glass of ice, add sparkling water. Garnish with mint or lemon! I’ve loved using the herbs in my garden for garnishes and accent flavors. It adds such a personal touch.

 

Simple Ginger-Lemon Bubbler

INGREDIENTS

2 to 4 tablespoons ginger concentrate

3 tablespoons lemon juice (approximately 1 lemon)

1 to 3 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar

Raw Honey or your choice of sweetener, to taste

Sparkling mineral water

INSTRUCTIONS

Fill a pint-size generously with ice, add ginger concentrate, lemon and ACV. Pour in sparkling water leaving a little room to add sweetener and stir without spilling!

 

Fresh Ginger Cucumber Cooler

Another great one for summer heatwaves! It can be stored in a sealed jar or bottle for several days in the fridge!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup tablespoons ginger concentrate

4-5 small-medium cucumbers

⅓ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (approximately 2-3 limes)

Raw honey or stevia to taste

½ cup fresh mint leaves

Pure filtered water

INSTRUCTIONS

Roughly chop the cucumber and put in your mixer with the ginger concentrate, lime juice, sweetener of choice, mint leaves, and a slosh of water. Leave the cucumbers unpeeled for a nice colour feature in a clear glass! Blend well, strain through a sieve to remove any large seeds/pulp. Serve over a tall glass of ice, garnish with cucumber slices and fresh mint.

 

GingerChi Classic Chinese Ginger Water

I remember having this on summer days as a child. Over time, I’ve reduced the amount of sugar and changed it out for other sweeteners. I’ve kept the recipe intact, but feel free to adjust to your preferences and taste!

INGREDIENTS

¾ cups packed brown sugar

1 cup ginger concentrate

⅓ cups apple cider vinegar or kombucha 

Juice of 2 lemons

3-4 small-to-medium cucumbers (optional)

7-10 fresh mint leaves

Sparkling water or pure filtered water

INSTRUCTIONS

In a 2-quart jug, dissolve the brown sugar in ginger concentrate and apple cider vinegar. Juice the cucumber (or blend and strain) and pour it in with the lemon juice. Bruise the min leaves (or add them to the blender with the cucumbers) and add to mixture, add a slosh of pure water and allow the mix to steep for an hour (for best flavor results, steep overnight). Serve over ice, diluted with sparkling or still pure water!

 

 

Let's drink to summer and and to friends and family! This is indeed a special time of year. And as you gather to celebrate the 4th of July, why not serve them some special drinks that not only represent the best that summer has to offer but are also good for their health?

Have a safe and happy July 4th!

With love and good Chi.

Anna xoxo

P.S. Want to enjoy the summer even more? GingerChi is having their Annual 30% Sitewide Summer Sale! Yes, it's 30% off every item in the store!