Ginger and Turmeric Cider
Prep: 5 minutes
Recipe note: Try this one iced for a cool summer mocktail. Simply refrigerate and serve over ice instead of serving hot.
Now that autumn has finally delivered with chilly nights and misty days, a mug of warm apple cider is a welcome treat.
This recipe from the American Instute for Cancer Research includes ginger and turmeric, which Carilion Clinic medical oncologist Madmaja Mallidi, M.D., recommends for her patients to reduce inflammation and cardiovascular risk. (She also recommends garlic for that purpose, but that probably wouldn't make for such a delicious drink!)
In addition to fighting inflammation, the gingerol in fresh ginger has been shown to help with indigestion, nausea and infections.
Bright yellow turmeric contains cancer-fighting compounds called curcuminoids. Its anti-inflammatory properties are known to improve arthritis symptoms and potentially reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Besides their health benefits, zesty ginger and spicy turmeric pair beautifully with sweet apple cider.
They probably go pretty well with a comfortable chair, a good book and a fireplace, too.
Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research. View more great recipes at AICR.org/healthyrecipes.
1 cup fresh sweet apple cider
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 tsp. grated fresh turmeric
1½-inch by 1/2-inch strip lemon peel, white part included
- In a small saucepan, combine cider, ginger, turmeric and lemon peel.
- Heat over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, until a ring of bubbles appears around the edge of the pan.
- Remove from heat, cover pan and steep for 5 minutes.
- Pour hot-spiced cider into a mug through a fine tea strainer.
- Serve immediately.