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
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

Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream (Vegan and Dairy-Free!)

New “it” superfood turmeric is the star in this vegan, dairy-free Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream made solely from coconut milk. It’s the perfect healthy warm weather treat!

Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream (Vegan and Dairy-Free!) | CaliGirlCooking.com

Boy oh boy am I going to need a lot of this when we get back from Italy. Yes, I’m talking about turning to ICE CREAM to reset my diet after a week and a half of indulgence in one of the most foodie-friendly countries of the world. You know why? Because this Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream is h-e-a-l-t-h-y! That’s right. We’re talking vegan/dairy-free, where the only cream we’re speaking of comes from our good ol’ friend the coconut. Did I mention it’s darn delicious too?

Now, you know I’m no stranger to ice cream, and I’m certainly no stranger to the full-octane kind. This Fresh Mint Dark Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is still one of my favorite recipes to date, and as soon as fig season rolls around you can bet I’ll be whipping up this Maple Bourbon Fig Ice Cream on the reg. But to me, this Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream just screams spring and warmer weather. Sure, we can still enjoy our Golden Milk Lattes in the cool, often foggy mornings (here in SB at least,) but once the sun breaks through and the temperatures start to climb into the high 70’s, you can bet a healthy frozen treat will sound a whole lot better.

Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream (Vegan and Dairy-Free!) | CaliGirlCooking.com

In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, here’s a quick recap of all of the great things turmeric can do for your body:

Help with heartburn and indigestion
Tame joint pain and inflammation
Support brain health
Fight cancer cells

So you can see why it’s been getting so much hype lately. Up until now, my go-to use of turmeric has been in our morning smoothies a few times a week, especially if the hubs and I are recovering from a tough workout or just not feeling up to snuff. But now I get to enjoy it for dessert too! Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream is definitely going to be a new staple in our household.

Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream (Vegan and Dairy-Free!) | CaliGirlCooking.com

I have to admit, making ice cream out of coconut milk was quite the learning process. I’m not sure if I just fail at shaking canned coconut milk vigorously enough, or if TJ’s full-fat coconut milk just tends to be chunkier, but man I struggled when I used their stuff for my first go-around.

I did a little research when I first decided to give this Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream a shot, and found two recipes online that seemed intriguing. The first method (when I used the Trader Joe’s brand of coconut milk) was from my friends at The Kitchn, which involved heating things up with cornstarch over the stove and then putting the pudding-like mixture in the refrigerator to thicken overnight. Unfortunately, when I pulled the mixture out the next morning, I was greeted with an incredibly thick film over the top and completely runny bottom. I tried salvaging it in the ice cream maker but with no luck. Now, I’m not sure if the problem was the brand of milk or the method, but I decided to try a different angle for my second time around.

The second recipe that had caught my eye was Minimalist Baker’s easy technique for basic coconut ice cream. This one involved whirring all of the ingredients together in the blender before pouring it all into the ice cream maker, no overnight chilling or vigorous shaking required. I’m happy to say this second attempt was a success and we had a batch of delicious Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream ready to consume after just a couple of hours of firming up in the freezer.

One thing I will mention is that this ice cream gets quite hard and icy after it is completely chilled. All this means is you’ll have to take it out of the freezer 10-20 minutes before you want to enjoy it so it can soften up a bit to the consistency of soft serve.

Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream (Vegan and Dairy-Free!) | CaliGirlCooking.com

Okay, folks, I’ve got to sign off because we have a very exciting day today. We’re taking a cooking class from the amazing owners at our villa and I cannot wait to eat allllll of the fresh pasta. I’ll try to post updates on my Instagram stories if our WiFi service is good enough! Xo

Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream (Vegan and Dairy-Free!)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
4 hrs
 

New "it" superfood turmeric is the star in this vegan, dairy-free ice cream made solely from coconut milk. The perfect healthy warm weather treat!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 14-ounce cans full-fat coconut milk Trader Joe's brand did not work for me!
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Be sure to freeze your ice cream machine canister the night before you want to make this!

  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on medium-high until sugar dissolves and everything is well-combined.

  3. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and churn according to maker’s directions. 

  4. Transfer ice cream to an 8- or 9-inch loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap, being sure to press the wrap down on the surface of the ice cream. This will help it from preventing too much of a film as it freezes.

  5. Freeze for 4-6 hours. Remember to remove the ice cream from the freezer 10-20 minutes before you want to enjoy it so it can soften up a bit!

Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream (Vegan and Dairy-Free!) | 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
 
A refreshing, healthy cocktail featuring turmeric, ginger beer and gin.
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!

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