Start to Finish: 15 minutes Servings: 2 Difficulty Level: Beginner
Simply glance at the nutrition label of a store-bought energy drink and you'll soon realize you don't recognize half of the listed ingredients. To ensure you know exactly what you're putting in your body, forgo adding any excess sugar and fillers by creating a simple and nutritional energy drink with natural ingredients such as ginger and lemon. In addition to boosting energy, ginger may also help to ease muscle pain and soreness.
- 2 lemons
- Fresh mint
Peel the gingerroot with a sharp paring knife to remove the tough outer skin. Cut the gingerroot into small chunks before placing it into the base of a pot. Cover the gingerroot with 4 to 5 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
Boil for around 5 to 7 minutes to ensure the gingerroot infuses with the water. Remove from heat and allow the water to cool. Pour the mixture through a fine strainer and into a serving container to remove the chunks of gingerroot.
Cut 2 lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the serving container with the ginger-infused water. Stir the mixture with a large spoon to ensure the lemon juice disperses evenly throughout the container. Place 5 to 7 mint leaves into the container to create a fresh flavor profile.
Stir in 2 large tablespoons of honey to add sweetness. Cover the serving container and place in the refrigerator to cool. Serve the ginger-infused energy drink over ice for a quick pick-me-up or pre-workout boost.
Combine your energy drink with green tea to boost the antioxidants.
When consuming your ginger energy drink after a tough workout, add a pinch of sea salt to replenish your electrolytes.