side view of orange turmeric root tonic made with fresh turmeric, ginger, honey, and lime

Turmeric Root Tonic

Turmeric Root Tonic is a fantastic way to stay cool this summer.

two glasses of orange turmeric root tonic with ginger and lime

This super simple drink is a snap to make, and has just four main ingredients. In fact, you already probably have most of them in your pantry already! In this post, you’ll learn why turmeric is a star in the kitchen. And, I’ll show you show easy it is to make this Healing Turmeric Root Tonic. We keep a batch in the fridge during the hot weather and sip on it here and there.

When I went to Bali in 2011, I was introduced to a turmeric drink called jamu. This recipe is based on jamu, a lovely tonic that’s very common on the island.

What is Turmeric?

If you’ve ever eaten curry or golden milk, you’re familiar with turmeric’s brilliant yellow color. Turmeric is a root that’s been used in Indian cuisine and Ayurveda for thousands of years. In this Western world, most people are familiar with turmeric powder, what’s made when the turmeric root is dried and ground up. However, turmeric is also available as a fresh root.

turmeric root, ginger root, and lime are main ingredients

I prefer to use fresh turmeric in this recipe, but you could probably use dried if you experiment a little. Just know that dried turmeric is very potent.

One other caution when working with turmeric: It stains everything. Don’t chop it directly it on marble or granite countertops or get it on your favorite shirt!

Turmeric Uses

In this kitchen, turmeric root bring an earthy, bitter, and pungent flavor. Don’t be turned off by that. It’s all about balance! In this recipe, I paired the turmeric with the sourness of the lime and sweetness from the honey to tame the sharp flavor of the ginger.

You’ll find turmeric as a main spice ingredient in many types of curry (like my Leftover Turkey Yellow Curry) and as the bright color in golden milk.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric’s most widely known compound is curcumin. It’s a deeply colored plant pigment that appears to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects.

healing turmeric root tonic in a glass with ice cubes and a metal straw

Curcumin is fat-soluble which means its best absorbed when consumed with fat, like the coconut milk in a curry. The amount of curcumin in turmeric root is pretty small, so higher doses require supplementation. Check with your health care provider before taking concentrated curcumin supplements; there are some cautions against using it when pregnant or if you’re on certain medications.

For best bioavailability of the curcumin in turmeric root, it’s recommended that you add black pepper. It contains piperine which enhances the absorption of curcumin.

Just like what I said about beet kvass recently, there are certainly benefits to compounds like curcumin. But we have to be careful about making it seem like a cure-all that can make up for poor nutrition or lifestyle habits.

Where Can I Buy Turmeric Root?

Fresh turmeric root can be found in most health food or Asian markets, often stored right next to its relative, ginger. Look for short golden-orange roots that are firm and not wrinkled. They’re covered in a thin brown skin.

ingredients to make turmeric root tonic on a wooden cutting board

How I Make This Turmeric Drink

It’s so simple to make this Turmeric Root Tonic. Here’s how I do it…

I blend fresh turmeric root and ginger root with filtered water in a blender. Then I strain this through a mesh strainer to remove any bits of pulp and fiber. From there, I combine the turmeric root-ginger mixture in a pan with honey.

Then, I gently heat on low and stir until the honey dissolves and the raw flavor cooks out. Finally, I hit it with fresh lime juice and refrigerate until the Turmeric Root Tonic is chilled. Serve over ice, straight up, or warm.

I recommend adding a pinch of ground black pepper to the batch. And, adding collagen peptides would be a nice boost as well, though totally optional.

close up of bright orange turmeric tonic in two glasses with ice

Healing Turmeric Root Tonic is a great way to stay cool this summer. It's hydrating and the bright yellow turmeric fights inflammation. It's simple to make with just four main ingredients. Get the recipe now! Paleo and gluten-free. |

Turmeric Root Tonic (Plant-Based, Paleo)

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian, Ethnic, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Plant-Based
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 113 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

Turmeric Root Tonic is a great way to stay cool this summer. It's hydrating and the bright yellow turmeric fights inflammation. It's simple to make with just four main ingredients. Get the recipe now! Paleo and gluten-free.



  • 4 cups water
  • 3 oz turmeric root fresh
  • 1 inch ginger root fresh
  • 2 tbsp raw honey start with 2 and add more if needed
  • 1 lime juice
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides optional


  1. Add the water to a blender pitcher. Toss in the turmeric root and ginger root. You can chop them but I usually leave them whole and unpeeled. Blend 30 seconds on high until the roots are broken down. 

  2. Strain this mixture through a mesh strainer into a medium pot. Add the honey, and heat on medium-low for about 10 minutes until the honey is dissolved. This will take the edge off the raw flavor of the turmeric and ginger. Turn off the heat. 

  3. Add the lime juice and pinch of black pepper, if desired. Refrigerate until chilled or serve hot like tea. Keeps for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Please consider the environment and avoid plastic straws. We use metal straws like these.

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Nutrition Facts
Turmeric Root Tonic (Plant-Based, Paleo)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 21mg1%
Potassium 553mg16%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 10.4mg13%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 8.9mg49%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Have a question about this Turmeric Root Tonic? Let me know in the comments below!

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14 Responses

    1. It’ll definitely have a bit of a thicker texture but should be okay as long as your blades are sharp and can handle the fibrousness of the ginger.

    1. Hi Sandy…I’m sure you’d be able to. I’m unfamiliar with cooking with these sweeteners so I’m not able to confidently give you any amounts to try but my best advice is to start out with a little bit and add to your preference.

  1. Do you know which would be the equivalent in powdered turmeric and ginger?
    I think it would be delicious with fresh orange juice as well, have you tried?

    1. I would start with a teaspoon or less and increase the strength to your liking. I haven’t tried with orange juice but you could totally test it out!

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