Ayurvedic Shot

I adapt this from Thrive’s health shot. It was such a hit with friends, family, acquaintances over the last holiday season, that I feel obliged to share my version with all. The haldi (turmeric) and sonth (dried ginger) components make it unmistakably Ayurvedic. I love the taste, first and foremost; then I am equanimous, as a yogini, after.

It’s the season for apple cider and the few intrepid winter farmers’ markets grab your attention with this. So it was only fitting that I incorporate this into the shot; something like Temperate meets Tropics. Enjoy and embrace the yogi(ni) in you!

Special tools:



  • 1 cup (8 oz) apple cider (serves 2)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder (or fermented turmeric powder) + 1 tsp ginger powder (sonth) + dash of sea salt + pinch of ground black pepper
  • 3 cubes of frozen tender coconut water (or just ice cubes)


Blend all the ingredients in your powerful blender for 45 seconds or so.
Serve immediately.

Notes, hints, tips:
  1. To make coconut water ice-cubes: Pour coconut water into freezing trays. It freezes in about 2 hours in the freezer. Then remove th cubes and place in a container in the freezer. Use as required.
  2. Sonth is dried ginger. It is not the same as fresh ginger: it has a deeper flavor and taste, almost medicinal. Ginger powder in your supermarket is indeed sonth (fresh ginger is not amenable to powdering).
  3. Both turmeric and ginger powder do not technically dissolve in a liquid medium; the high velocity rotation of the blender blade helps in the “emulsification”, in addition to the froth.
  4. Instead of the 1 cup apple cider, you can use –1 cup tender coconut water + 1 tbsp honey + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar– (as in Thrive’s health shot).
  5. Warm Shot: For a comforting warm shot, nuke the cider with the same ingredients (skip the ice cubes) in the microwave for a minute or so.
  6. Frothy Shot (aquafaba): To the recipe add 2 oz (use a bartender’s jigger, for convenience) aquafaba. Run in the emulsifier.

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  1. […] Now to aquafaba, the amazing ingredient. My friends had raved about Pisco Sour, a frothy Peruvian cocktail, but I always hung back when I saw egg whites go into the cocktail shaker. When I learned that aquafaba (bean water) is an excellent substitute for egg whites, I followed a classic Pisco Sour recipe with the substitute. The result was brilliant! Enjoy. [Also check out the aquafaba version of Ayurvedic Shot] […]

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