Turmeric Tonic

Refreshing Turmeric Tonic

Start your day with a small glass of this bright, tangy, refreshing tonic. Look for fresh turmeric in the produce section of health food, specialty, or Asian markets. To boost the bioavailability of the curcumin in this drink, add a little crack of black pepper to each glass just before serving. Feel free to double the recipe and scale the honey up or down, depending on how sweet you like it. Also, do your best to be tidy when using turmeric, since it can stain both clothing and cooking equipment.

Course Beverage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 small servings
Calories 40 kcal
Author katiemorford


  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 1/2 lemons)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 cup unpeeled, chopped fresh turmeric (about 2 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 scant tablespoon peeled, finely chopped fresh ginger


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and honey until the honey dissolves. Add 1 1/2 cups of the water. 

  2. Put the turmeric, ginger, and the remaining 1/2 cup of the water in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Run for 10 to 15 seconds to pulverize the ingredients, scraping down the sides and running the processor again as needed. 

  3. Pour the contents of the food processor into a fine mesh sieve set over the bowl of lemon honey water. Press down firmly on the turmeric/ginger to extract as much of the liquid as possible. 

  4. Stir the Tonic with a whisk and pour into a small pitcher. Serve in small glasses over ice.  

Recipe Notes

Inspired by the Turmeric Tonic from the restaurant Sqirl.