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Ginger Turmeric Margarita

This delicious concoction is proof that drinks don’t have to be unhealthy to be an electric color. Enter turmeric. Ah, what a wonderful spice. This Ginger Turmeric Margarita was so delicious and beautiful, that it almost felt like a detox. Ok, minus the tequila.

Detox Cocktail?

When we decided to do a detox episode following the holidays I had no idea what to do for a cocktail. I’m pretty sure that cocktails go against almost all conventional detox guidance. Forget that! I say, just take some detoxifying ingredients and throw it in a shaker with tequila. Viola – a detox margarita!

On this episode of the Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Larisa and I dive into detoxing; what it is, why to do it and what to do. Hint: if something is telling you to only drink a beverage with cayenne pepper and maple syrup for a week – probably not the way to go. I don’t know about you, but I need food, real food.

Click here to listen to Episode 11: Detox.

Healthy Cocktail with a *Touch* of Detox

This margarita contains a few ingredients that have detoxifying properties. Ginger, Turmeric, Lime, and Mint. Check out the detoxifying properties below (source).

Ginger

The medicinal benefits of ginger come from gingerols, the oily resin from the root that acts as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Ginger serves as an effective digestive aid and natural remedy for nausea. It can help relieve bloating, constipation and gastrointestinal issues.

Turmeric

Turmeric improves circulation, so it can be used in acute injuries where improved circulation to the area is needed. It prevents cholesterol oxidation, which can damage blood vessels. Turmeric is said to reduce blood clotting, increase circulation, and actually decrease high blood pressure. Can be used in natural remedies for menstrual cramps and amenorrhea. It is believed that turmeric’s ability to improve blood circulation in the uterus can help prevent uterine masses, tumors, cysts, and even endometriosis. The curcumin in turmeric may even help reverse the steps in the heart disease process by improving the function of the endothelium. The endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels, is vital for regulating blood pressure and clotting blood.

Lime

Lime provides vitamin C and antioxidants. Vitamin C is known to improve physical performance, boost the immune system and fight free radical damage. Limes aid detoxification by promoting the activity of an enzyme in the liver called glutathione-S-transferase (GST). Limes contain flavonoids that stimulate the digestive system and increase the secretion of bile and acids.

Mint

Invigorates the senses while soothing an upset stomach or indigestion. Mint improves the flow of bile through the stomach and speeds up the digestion process, helping to detoxify the body. Mint also has antimicrobial properties and can be used to support oral health.

One added benefit of turmeric? That color! All of the heart eye emojis. The only thing that rivals this color is Mountain Dew, and this margarita is WAY better for you.

This margarita again calls for an infused simple syrup. If you’ve been following along, you already know the super simple Infused Simple Syrup recipe. For the ginger turmeric simple syrup, add sliced fresh ginger to the sugar/water mixture prior to heating. Once all of the sugar has dissolved, add 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and stir until well combined. Strain and cool in a tightly sealed container.

Go detox with this ‘super healthy’ Ginger Turmeric Margarita.

Cheers!

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  1. Rip apart two of the mint leaves and add to a cocktail shaker
  2. Add the Ginger Turmeric Simple Syrup, Tequila and Lime Juice to the cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well combined.
  3. Rim two rocks glasses with a combination of ancho chili powder and turmeric
  4. Fit the rocks glass with ice and split the contents of the shaker evenly between the two glasses
  5. Garnish with the remaining mint leaves
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