Pineapple Turmeric Ginger Elixir

This Pineapple Turmeric Ginger Elixir is a healthy mocktail that’s just as refreshing as it is good for you. Pineapple juice, ginger beer, turmeric and fresh lime combine to make a tasty drink that’s perfect for summer!

Two glasses of Pineapple Turmeric Ginger Elixir surrounded by limes.

You’re going to want to listen up, because this combination of pineapple juice, ginger beer, turmeric and lime is going to knock your socks off – while being good for you to boot!

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of turmeric. I have a similar boozy turmeric drink involving many of the same ingredients as this non-alcoholic one, and I’ve also shared my favorite vegan ice cream made from turmeric and coconut milk. When the hubs and I are feeling a little extra soreness from our gym workouts, we throw a dash or two into our daily Power Protein Smoothie because of turmeric’s great anti-inflammatory properties.

When it comes to the health benefits of this Pineapple Turmeric Ginger Elixir, there’s truly no shortage. And the great thing is that many of the ingredients’ health benefits overlap with one another, which means this drink packs a powerful punch on the superfood front.

Let’s go over the benefits one by one.

Health Benefits of Pineapple

Sure, pineapple is everyone’s favorite tropical fruit, but did you know it also has many great health benefits? Here are just a few:

It contains antioxidants.
It can help with digestion.
It can boost immunity.
It can help suppress inflammation,
It can speed recovery (from surgery or strenuous exercise).

[You can read more about all of these health benefits here.]

As you’ll see as we continue on with some of the other ingredients, there is a lot of overlap!

An overhead shot of a glass of tasty Pineapple Turmeric Ginger Elixir, surrounded by ice cubes and fresh ginger root.

Let’s talk about turmeric.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is part of the ginger family, so it makes sense that it has some great health benefits. You most likely know it for the bright orange color it adds to golden milk, curry, etc. but you should also know what it can do for you health-wise:

It has anti-inflammatory effects.
It increases the antioxidant capacity of the body.
It improves brain function.
It can help prevent (and treat) cancer.
It may help with depression.

[You can read more about all of these health benefits here.]

We’ve already covered almost everything, but of course, I have to mention our favorite health benefits of ginger.

Health Benefits of Ginger

As I mentioned, ginger is closely related to turmeric, so they share many of the same properties. But ginger also has some special benefits of its own.

It can help combat nausea.
It can reduce pain and soreness.
It may drastically lower blood sugars.
It can help treat chronic indigestion.
It can lower cholesterol levels.

[You can read more about all of these health benefits here.]

A glass of Pineapple Turmeric Ginger Elixir with another glass behind, surrounded by fresh ginger and lime slices.

All of these powerhouse ingredients are perfectly balanced in this tasty drink. If you ask me, it’s the perfect drink to sip on if you’re suffering the ill effects of a tough workout or a little too much partying the night before.

So, have I sold you yet? Is there any reason you shouldn’t enjoy this Pineapple Turmeric Ginger Elixir ASAP? I’d love to hear more about your favorite superfood mocktails in the comments below!

Pineapple Turmeric Ginger Elixir
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

This Pineapple Turmeric Ginger Elixir is a healthy mocktail that’s just as refreshing as it is good for you. Pineapple juice, ginger beer, turmeric and fresh lime combine to make a tasty drink that’s perfect for summer!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: drinks, ginger, mocktail, nonalcoholic, pineapple, turmeric
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 64 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • Ice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice (no sugar added if possible)
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Lime wheels or wedges for garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice, then add turmeric, pineapple juice and lime. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.

  2. Fill two rocks glasses with ice and strain contents of cocktail shaker evenly between the two.

  3. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime wheels or wedges. 

Recipe Notes

DISH DENSITY: Low

Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash

TGIF! Who’s ready for a refreshing drink?

Two chilled glasses of a refreshing Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash from CaliGirlCooking.com.

Meeeee!! Oh man has this week been a doozy, and I’m fully planning on enjoying this Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash alllll weekend long to get over it.

It all started last weekend when the hubs came down with a horrible cold which made him unable to travel up to the Bay Area to celebrate Father’s Day with our parents. Seeing as I didn’t want to be stuck around the house with him and come down with the same cold, I decided to make the trek alone, and of course I had to bring the pup with me because my man was laid up in bed. Well, that was an adventure. I’ll just say there was a Saturday evening total meltdown phone call to Chris and leave it at that.

To top it all off, I woke up on Sunday with what I had feared the most: that dreaded cold! Which meant I had to make the four-hour drive back to Santa Barbara with the pup while feeling like crud. I was so happy and grateful to see Chris when I got home, and he immediately pitched in to help with little Miss B, but unfortunately that only lasted about 24 hours before his back started having horrible spasms, essentially leaving him bedridden.

Pair a sick pregnant woman with a bedridden husband and a three-month old puppy with endless energy, and you can see why this week has been a bit more challenging than most!

The good news is (I hope), it can only get better from here, especially with these Ginger Strawberry Peach Smashes in the mix!

An overhead shot of two glasses of the refreshing Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash.

With all the sickness that has been floating around our house, the refrigerator is overflowing with fruit. We also have an endless supply of ginger beer on hand (thanks to my tummy’s needs during early pregnancy and the hubby’s knack for keeping me well-stocked with nonalcoholic beverages) so I thought a healthy, fruit- and ginger-packed mocktail is just what we needed to get us all on the up-and-up.

And, as always, have no fear, my friends that are still off the wagon 😉 Just a little splash of gin OR vodka would be perfectly suitable for your Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash to take it to the next level. In fact, give each one a shot and let me know your fave!

With the farmers’ markets teeming with fresh strawberries and peaches right now, you should have no problem getting some top-of-the-line fruits to really take this mocktail to the next level. Gotta use those in-season fruits while we’ve got ‘em!

And as far as ginger beer, go ahead and choose your favorite, but I’ll tell you that our go-to brand is definitely Fever-Tree. I never knew how much of a Fever-Tree snob I had become until we were in Tahoe a few weeks ago and were forced to buy another brand. It tasted horrible to me! The Fever-Tree is great because it’s not too sweet, and has plenty of REAL ginger spice and zing. There’s even some real sediment in there, so be sure to give the bottles a gentle tilt before using to get everything mixed up to its ultimate deliciousness.

A close-up shot of a Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash from CaliGirlCooking.com.

So are you ready for a Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash yet? I thought so. All that’s between you and this delicious drink is a quick muddling of strawberries and peaches, some crushed ice, a squeeze of lime and a pour-over of club soda and ginger beer.

Now get yourself a tall, frosty glass and a straw and get to work. There’s only about five minutes between you and the perfect Friday drink!

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Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

A refreshing mocktail using some of the best in-season produce and spicy ginger beer. To make it boozy, just add vodka or gin!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 serving
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1/2 peach, peeled and diced
  • 2 small strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 3 1/2 ounces ginger beer
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • Top with club soda
  • Additional strawberry and peach slice, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Muddle peach and strawberry in the bottom of a rocks glass. 

  2. Add ice to fill the glass, then pour in the ginger beer and lime, and top with club soda.

  3. Garnish with an additional strawberry and a slice of peach.

Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash | CaliGirlCooking.com

Turmeric Gin and Ginger Cocktail

This refreshing Turmeric Gin and Ginger Cocktail features turmeric, ginger beer and gin, delivering loads of health benefits in a tasty libation.

An overhead shot of three Mason jars filled with Turmeric Gin and Ginger Cocktail.

 

We can make cocktails healthy, right? Oh yes, we can! Case in point with this Turmeric Gin and Ginger Cocktail.

This week was a bit of a rough one for me, in a good, “I’m-so-sore-I-can’t-even-laugh-or-lift-my-arms-over-my-head” kind of way. After both going to the gym AND playing seven games of beach volleyball on Monday (seeing as I hadn’t been on the beach for oh, about four months) I realize that I might have gone just a tad too far. Tuesday was rough (as in, barely able to move) but after an Epsom salt and lavender essential oil soak on Tuesday night, I woke up on Wednesday morning feeling a good deal better.  Just in time for leg day!  Let’s just see how long I can keep this going…nothing like a little #sweatingforthewedding, right?

Whatever, I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s so rare that I have time to get down to the beach to play volleyball these days that I’ll take it whenever I can get it. I’ll just have to start getting down there a little more often than every four months!

So now you’ve heard the whole sob-story about my “rough” week, now comes the fun part where I tell you about this inflammation-busting Turmeric Gin and Ginger Cocktail. My friend Milan actually suggested the idea of a turmeric cocktail a few months back and, although I was a bit skeptical, I was intrigued.  I’ve been using turmeric in my smoothies for a few months now, especially when I’m whipping one up after an extra-tough workout.  You probably already know that turmeric gets its bright orange-yellow color from curcumin, but what you may not know is that this brightly colored pigment is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent. In fact, it’s been said that it’s just as effective as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin. Crazy, huh?

A shot of a Turmeric Gin and Ginger Cocktail in a Mason jar garnished with a fresh lime wedge.

Aside from the anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric supports cognitive function and cardiovascular health, and also promotes a healthy mood balance. If this doesn’t sound like a great ingredient for a cocktail, I don’t know what does!

The turmeric is fairly easy to hide among all of the other ingredients I add to my smoothies (I typically throw in some cinnamon, maybe some coconut, plus all of the other fruits and veggies I use) but it was going to be a little tougher to balance out this VERY strong flavor in a cocktail. I quickly referred to my new favorite, The Flavor Bible, and looked up what ingredients pair well with this sassy spice. Well, hello, ginger! I could work with this.

A black metal tray with three glasses of a Turmeric Gin and Ginger Cocktail with limes in the background.

In addition to my turmeric and ginger ambitions, I had to come up with whatever alcohol I wanted to use to really make this drink pop. I decided to use gin as my alcohol of choice for a couple of reasons: (1) I am a huge gin fan and (2) I felt that the different spices in the gin would complement the turmeric beautifully (I was right!) I’m not the biggest fan of fresh ginger, but I LOVE ginger beer, so I went that route to add the ginger flavor to this incredibly easy drink. Plus, there’s nothing the tummy likes better than a bubbly ginger beer!

Really, this Turmeric Gin and Ginger Cocktail is so easy. You only need four ingredients!

  • Gin
  • Turmeric
  • Lime
  • Ginger beer

Simple as that. Throw everything together in a tall glass filled with ice and you have the perfect cocktail to kick off your weekend in less than five minutes flat. Now drink up and let all of these super-foods do their thang…Drinking “healthy” has never been so easy…

An overhead shot of a turmeric cocktail garnished with a lime and served on a black metal tray.

Turmeric Gin & Ginger Cocktail
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
A refreshing, healthy cocktail featuring turmeric, ginger beer and gin.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: cocktails, gin, ginger, turmeric
Servings: 2 cocktails
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces gin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • 6-8 ounces ginger beer
  • Lime wheels for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add gin, turmeric and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
  2. Strain mixture evenly among two highball glasses filled 2/3 of the way with ice.
  3. Top with even amounts of ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve!

I’ll take my “healthy” with a side of gin, please!

This post contains affiliate links. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Vanilla-Ginger Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze

Belly-warming Vanilla-Ginger Doughnuts are topped with a tangy, sweet pomegranate glaze. The perfect treat to make over the weekend!

Vanilla-Ginger Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze | CaliGirl Cooking

How in the world did we get to Monday already? The weekend seemed to just fly by, as they usually do these days. They’re always jam-packed, from wedding planning to wedding-related celebrations, to the simple day-to-day tasks, to somehow managing to find time to work on this blog. The weekends of “lazy Saturday mornings” and Sundays lounging at the beach are quickly fading from memory. It’s incredibly busy times like these, when I feel I barely have a moment to catch a breath, that I realize why I am such a proponent of balanced living. I find myself easily overwhelmed if my “To-Do” list contains more items than hours in the day, and I realize that my equilibrium is slightly out of whack at best. But as we know, times like these come and go and I know I will eventually find that balance once again.

Until then, we have doughnuts. And not just any doughnuts. These doughnuts are filled with belly- (and heart-) warming vanilla and ginger and topped off with a tangy, sweet pomegranate glaze. They’re baked, so we don’t have to feel so bad about turning to them in these times of need. They’re going to get us through the craziness, hence why they’re also the perfect recipe for me to share with you on this here start to a long work week.

Vanilla-Ginger Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze | CaliGirl Cooking

I’m so excited to tell you about how I made these doughnuts, because it’s somewhere I’ve never gone before. I recently partnered with the amazing Sonoma Syrup Co., and they challenged me to come up with a doughnut recipe using their botanically-infused Simple Syrups. I had so much fun playing around with all of their flavors (which include White Ginger, Pomegranate, Vanilla Almond, Mint and Acai Black Currant to name a few), but I finally settled on the White Ginger and Pomegranate combo. (Of course this didn’t stop me from using the Acai Black Currant in this Chico cocktail I posted a couple of weeks ago.)

But before I get into the details of these Vanilla-Ginger Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze, I MUST tell you a little bit about the amazing company that is Sonoma Syrup Co. Founded in 2002, Sonoma Syrup Co. takes pride in bringing fresh, regional flavors and “terroir” into all of their products. Here’s what absolutely sold me on this brand: They believe that healthy food/beverages and great flavor can live in synchronicity. They realize that sugar is a small indulgence, so they take pride in only using pure cane sugar and fruits and botanicals farmed organically. If you’ve been reading this blog for any long-ish period of time, you know that I believe in a balanced lifestyle filled with only the highest quality indulgences. So, basically, Sonoma Syrup Co. is my spirit animal.

Vanilla-Ginger Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze | CaliGirl Cooking

Now that you know why I am such a fan of their products, let’s get to the deliciousness that is these Vanilla-Ginger Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze. We start with a classic cake doughnut batter, mixing both flour AND cake flour (yes, it’s important to use the two different kinds) together with our Sonoma Syrup Co. White Ginger Infused Simple Syrup and a little touch of ground ginger to really make the flavor shine through. Of course we also add in the other basic baked good ingredients, but I won’t bore you with those.

For the glaze, we make a classic powdered sugar glaze, but add in Sonoma Syrup Co.’s Pomegranate Grenadine Simple Syrup and some fresh pomegranate juice for that tart flavor and reddish-pink hue. These doughnuts are tasty AND pretty!

Vanilla-Ginger Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze | CaliGirl Cooking

I experimented with a couple of different doughnut toppings in addition to the glaze, including some fun sprinkles (for a festive look) or chopped candied ginger (if you’re a big fan of the ginger flavor.) Either one works just fine, or feel free to create your own! We all know something of the chocolate persuasion would really be a great addition here as well 😉

So, what do you think? Do our Vanilla-Ginger Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze sound amazing or do they sound amazing? I can guarantee they’ll be healthier (and MUCH tastier) than your average doughnut shop find. And if you want to make them in advance, simply bake, freeze, and whip up the glaze a couple of hours (or one night) before you want to serve them. The glaze will be wet and sticky at first, but will harden up slightly the longer it sits.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be clinging for life to this recipe as I power through these next few months. There’s nothing like a doughnut to get you through some crazy times. What sweets or comfort foods do you turn to when life is spinning so fast you can’t keep up? Please tell me I’m not alone by leaving a comment below!

Vanilla-Ginger Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze | CaliGirl Cooking

Vanilla-Ginger Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze
Belly-warming vanilla and ginger baked doughnuts with tangy, sweet pomegranate glaze.
Ingredients
  • For the doughnuts:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons Sonoma Syrup Co. White Ginger Infused Simple Syrup
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tablespoon Sonoma Syrup Co. Pomegranate Grenadine Simple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of red food coloring optional
For topping (optional):
  • Assorted sprinkles
  • Chopped crystallized ginger
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray your doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
  2. To make the doughnuts, first combine all dry ingredients (both flours, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger and salt) by whisking together in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Continue to cook over medium heat until butter becomes slightly golden. Add almond milk and ginger syrup, stirring to combine. Once mixture is warm and combined, remove from heat.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine both sugars, the eggs, and the yogurt. Stir in the warm butter/milk mixture.
  5. Once combined, add flour mixture. Beat (with a hand or stand mixer) until all ingredients are combined.
  6. Spoon doughnut batter into a piping bag (or resealable plastic bag with the tip cut off) and pipe into doughnut pan. If you only have a 6-doughnut pan, you’re going to have to bake in two batches.
  7. Place in 350 degree oven and bake for about 12 minutes, or until doughnuts look set. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes, then take doughnuts out of pan and let finish cooling completely on a wire rack with a silpat or piece of parchment or wax paper underneath. Place second batch of doughnuts in oven, if needed.
  8. Next, make the frosting. Combine all frosting ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on medium speed until all ingedients are combined.
  9. Once doughnuts are cool, dip the tops of each one in the frosting bowl to get the most even coat. Place back on wire rack after dipping to catch any drips (this is what the silpat/parchment/wax paper is for.) Immediately sprinkle on desired toppings, before glaze dries too much.
Recipe Notes

Best if enjoyed immediately or within a day.

Vanilla-Ginger Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze | CaliGirl Cooking

I’m so ready for you…

This post was created in partnership with Sonoma Syrup Co. Although I did receive product in exchange for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I truly LOVE Sonoma Syrup Co. products and their message and I am honored to work with such an amazing company!

Warming Ginger Tea Whiskey Cocktail

It’s been another crazy week and this Warming Ginger Tea Whiskey Cocktail is just what I’m craving as Friday rolls around.

Warming Ginger Tea Whiskey Cocktail | CaliGirl Cooking

I got home late last night from a work trip to LA, the fiancé headed out on his Bachelor Party, and I’m getting the house ready to host my mom for the weekend. I’m really looking forward to having some one-on-one time with her, it’s pretty scarce these days. We have an auction to go to for my niece and nephew’s school, and I have my first dress fitting on Saturday! This –ish is getting real.

What are everyone else’s plans for the weekend? Got any fun adventures planned? Dining experiences? Tell me everything, I love living hearing what you’re up to! Hopefully you’re making time for some delicious food and drink, because isn’t that what weekends are all about?

This Warming Ginger Tea Whiskey Cocktail is an equally perfect little tipple for both a lazy day at home on the couch or as a way to wind down after a day of adventure-ing. We all know how calming a cup of hot tea is and, if we’re all on the same page here, whiskey is the perfect nightcap. Combine both of these with a healthy dose of ginger to soothe the tummy (both from the tea and from a splash of ginger beer), a touch of honey and I’m pretty sure you’re going to have an AMAZING night’s sleep after you sip on one of these bad boys.

Warming Ginger Tea Whiskey Cocktail | CaliGirl Cooking

And really, these are all the ingredients you need to make this delicious cocktail. I found the Ginger Pear White Tea at Trader Joe’s, but if you don’t have a TJ’s near you, any ginger-flavored tea should work just fine (or you could just order it off of Amazon using the link above, easy peasy!) We simply boil up our hot water and pour it over the honey, ginger beer and tea bag, letting it steep for 5 minutes or so (maybe more, maybe less, you choose how strong you want the tea flavor to be.) And of course we enjoy this right away, because it would be a shame to drink a cold Warming Ginger Tea Whiskey Cocktail, right?

Warming Ginger Tea Whiskey Cocktail | CaliGirl Cooking

If you’re looking for a fun weekend recipe or two, might I suggest these Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates or these Tahini Blondies with Whiskey Date Caramel & Sea Salt (both of which also happen to pair fabulously with a Warming Ginger Tea Whiskey Cocktail?)

Or, if you want to cool down instead of warm up this weekend (it is supposed to be in the high-70’s here in Santa Barbara), you might want to try your hand at these Blackberry Bourbon “Jammers”  or a You Go, Gin Coco.

No matter what you try, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I’m finally on Snapchat (user name: caligirlcooking) and I’ll do my best to keep you up to date on all my wekeend adventures ir you promise to do the same? I look forward to seeing everyone’s Snapisodes!! XO

Warming Ginger Tea Whiskey Cocktail
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
A soothing cocktail for winding down after a busy day - ginger, white pear, whiskey and honey are the perfect combination.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktails, drinks, ginger, tea, whiskey
Servings: 2 cocktails
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 4 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 2 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 Ginger Pear White Tea bags
  • Hot water
Instructions
  1. Divide first three ingredients (honey, whiskey and ginger beer) into two Irish coffee mugs. Bring a kettle of water to a boil. Place one tea bag in each mug and then pour hot water over. Let steep about 5 minutes. Enjoy immediately!

Warming Ginger Tea Whiskey Cocktail | CaliGirl Cooking

Can I just swan dive into this??