Recipe: Immune Boosting Turmeric-ACV Drink To Kickstart Your Day

Holly's Golden Turmeric Paste

This Turmeric-ACV Drink is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s super-charged not only with those two health heroes but with lemon and ginger too.

When combined the ingredients deliver an intense health kick, firing up the digestive system and getting your day off to an immune-boosting start.

If the rest of the day’s healthy food plans go pear-shaped at least you know you’ve already downed this super-elixir. It surely goes some way to counteracting that 11am chocolate bar that we’ve all succumbed to.

Read on for all you need to know about this anti-inflammatory wonder beverage…

What’s in it?

Apple cider vinegar (ACV), lemon juice, ginger juice and turmeric paste or powder.

Both juices can be freshly juiced but I buy them in bottled form; less waste, less fuss.

I usually buy the juices the Biona brand, both are 100% pressed juice and organic.

Turmeric paste from a brand called Wild Crafted is most widely available. You can get it in-store at Nourish health food stores in Dublin or online from Holland & Barrett.

I’ve also come across a small Irish brand, Holly’s Golden Turmeric Paste, available from Small Changes wholefoods store in Dromcondra, Dublin.

Both pastes can be used to quickly knock up a ‘golden latte’ by added to heated milk (like the image above) and, crucially, both combine black pepper and coconut with the fresh turmeric.

This increases the absorption of curcumin, the naturally occurring chemical compound that is found in the spice.

If you can’t track down the paste there are lots of recipes online for how you can make your own turmeric paste, or just use the powder.

What’s it good for?

ACV boasts a myriad of benefits including improving gut health, fighting inflammation, and balancing blood-sugar levels, all of which can boost your immunity.

Plus, despite being acidic it actually balances the pH in the body and helps to remove toxins.

Turmeric‘s super specialized antioxidant (called curcumin) has been shown to reduce inflammation, which translates to lower risk of chronic diseases, plus a clearer complexion too – bonus.

Lemon juice contains vitamin C and potassium and when you drink it first thing in the morning it gives the body a chance to absorb these nutrients, providing an immune system boost. Lemon juice can also help with maintaining a healthy weight, proper digestion and energy levels.

Finally, ginger is loaded nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. Recipe: Immune Boosting Turmeric-ACV Drink To Kickstart Your Day

How do I prepare it?

It’s pretty foolproof. Add all the ingredients plus warm water to a mug. Stir. Boom. Done.

The *warm* water part is important. According to Ayurvedic medicine, we should drink warm or room temperature water instead of cold, as it can help to remove toxins from the body and isn’t such a shock to the system first thing in the morning.

Warm water can also promote healthy digestion, alleviate pain, and improve blood circulation.

When do I drink it?

First thing in the morning before any other food or drink. I drink it with my morning supplements.

How do I drink it?

ACV and lemon juice can be quite corrosive on your teeth so I always drink mine with a straw.

I have two types of reusable straws at home, glass and metal. In this case metal are my preference as turmeric stains *everything*, including my pretty glass straws.

What does it taste like?

I won’t lie, for ACV newbies it might take some getting used to.

I’ve been drinking ACV and lemon every morning for years so I actually crave it now and don’t find it sharp or unpalatable.

However, if you’re just getting used to the flavour of ACV it can be quite intense.

For beginners I would suggest easing yourself in. Start with ACV and lemon, the lemon will help with the flavour.

The ginger can be quite spicy and powerful in the morning so go easy on that at the beginning too.

The turmeric paste in particular packs a punch. So perhaps start with the other three and gradually add the turmeric.

Or just stick with drinking ACV, lemon and ginger. That in itself is a super-exlir.

You can also add 1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey, or more to taste.

Anything else?

As the morning time can be quite a rush, I like to have the drink semi-prepped the night before.

I follow the method below but add cold water to the mix and set aside. In the morning I add freshly boiled water, creating a luke warm drink without having to wait for it to cool down.

Also I’m not one to follow recipes myself so the measurements below are estimates. I usually just add a slosh of each and wing it. It’s slightly different each day as result, depending on how heavy handed I’ve been.

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric-ACV Drink Recipe


– 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
– 1 tbsp lemon juice (either freshly squeezed or 100% juice bottled)
– 1/2- 1 tsp ginger juice (either freshly juiced or 100% juice bottled)
– 1/2- 1 tsp turmeric paste or powder (see note above under ‘what’s in it?’)
– 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey, or more to taste (optional, to sweeten)


1. Add all ingredients to a large mug.

2. Pour in boiled, slightly cooled water. Alternatively you can add cold water topped with with freshly boiled water. Either way, the water should be warm but not piping hot.

3. Add a straw and enjoy – or, more accurately, tolerate, because you know it’s incredibly good for you. It will be over before you know it.


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