Turmeric Tonic has been one of our most popular juices since we began bottling it in 2015. And, no wonder, it’s delicious, and by taste, I estimate it has two to three times more turmeric in it than any other drink you can find at the store.
Fresh ingredients can vary, sometimes significantly from week to week. Oranges can be sweet or tart, Honey can be more or less sweet or flavorful, turmeric can be more or less strong and pungent, ginger can be spicy or mild. You get the idea. It’s also worth noting that depending on your juicer and ingredients, yields can vary by as much as 50%.
When we bottle this we use liquid measures, and then adjust for taste, sweetness, and acidity. My best advice is to use the measures below as a starting point. Adjust the recipe until you get something that works with your juicer and ingredients, and most importantly, something that you like to drink.
These are the starting liquid measures we use for a 12 fl oz bottle of juice. We use a weight-based measure for honey as it’s more accurate.
Whole Produce Measures
The starting whole produce measures you will use to get the juices listed under liquid measures.
200 mL Purified Water
200g Whole Oranges – skin on
170g Whole Lemons – skin on
37g Wildflower Honey
33g Turmeric Root
28g Ginger Root
Honey plays a large role in the flavor profile of the Turmeric Tonic we bottle. We use a wildflower honey harvested in the East Bay Area. It has an intense, polyfloral flavor with strong elements of dandelion and eucalyptus.
You don’t have to use this honey specifically, but if you like these stronger botanical flavors I suggest using something similar. If you can’t find a flavorful wildflower honey, you can use buckwheat honey, which is widely available or a mixture of the two.
- Wash your ingredients
- Peel the citrus
- Juice the ingredients at the same time in the juicer of your choice.
- The first time you make this follow the steps below.
Calibrate Liquid to Whole Produce Measures
To calibrate whole produce measures to liquid measures for your juicer do the following. For this purpose, grams and milliliters are interchangeable.
- The first time you make this recipe juice each ingredient separately.
- Determine the yield you’re getting for each ingredient by dividing the weight of the juice you get by the weight of the ingredient used to get the yield.
- Then, divide the liquid measures by the yield you’re getting for that ingredient to get your whole produce measure.
For example, If you get 60 mL of juice when juicing 200g of oranges then your yield is 60/200 or 27% when rounded. Divide the liquid measure above by 27%, 50/0.27 = 185. This is the measure you will use to get the 50 mL of juice called for in the liquid measure.
The base liquid works well at a wide range of dilutions so add more or less water to taste. You can leave the water out altogether and drink it as a shot.
If you like sparkling drinks, replace the still water with sparkling water. For best results use a brand with a high carbonation level, like Topo Chico, or make it yourself using CO2.
For a fruitier drink, replace some or all of the water with orange juice or another fruit juice of your choice.
Turmeric Tonic stands up well to dilution. Whether you buy it bottled or make it at home, you can use it to replace orange juice in most cocktail recipes including a screwdriver or mimosa. Mix one ounce of the base liquid with two ounces of neutral spirits, like vodka, for a more standard cocktail and serve up in a coupe or on the rocks.