Sweet Fire Tonic

This sweet fire tonic is served warm and is a touch spicy. Made with ginger, cayenne, cider vinegar & turmeric. Helpful for soothing a cold or just as lovely to sip on a chilly evening.

An overhead shot of a mellow orange drink in two clear mugs. A jar of turmeric and a lit candle are nearby.
An overhead shot of ingredients for a sweet fire tonic drink on a marble background.


Not an emergency recipe for stuffing or pie today, nope. Just a spicy-sweet-tangy sipper to keep you vibing and your stomach calm (perhaps after some feasting?). If you’re a last minute planner, all of my best holiday recipes from the blog’s archives are right over HERE.

I own a great juicer (this Omega one), but find myself using it in phases. It spends more time in the cupboard than I’d like to admit. Sometimes I get on a particular juice combination and I have to have it every day for a week or so. This recipe is proving to be one of those obsessions. I have a deep love for juices and smoothies. It might go against a more raw food perspective on juicing and its benefits, but gently warming the juice is a great winter strategy for meeting in the middle of enjoyment, nourishment and, most importantly, not shivering your butt off.

If you’re already stocking your pantry for the holidays and you generally keep a few staples like apple cider vinegar and coconut oil around, you probably have everything you need to make this right now. The juice base here is fresh orange, pineapple (I thawed frozen chunks), carrot, and ginger. After gently heating, the juice is blended up with turmeric, cayenne, apple cider vinegar, a teeny dab of coconut oil and honey/maple syrup (optional). The coconut oil creates this lush texture–almost like the drink is slightly aerated?

If you don’t have a juicer, you could make this in a high speed blender too. Just chop everything up and place it in the blender container, add about a 1/2 cup of water (or more if necessary), blend on high for a minute, and then fine strain the juice before proceeding with the heating step. Easy! Also, if you like this warm drink, you’ll probably be into this Golden Peach Sunrise Smoothie.

Hoping I can persuade you all to keep this one in your back pocket as the holiday/Winter/common cold season ramps up. Even if you’re feeling perfectly well, it’s a lovely evening sip. Soothing and sharp/zingy at the same time. Anyway, sending all of my American friends wishes for peaceful gathering this week. Hugs to all.

A head on shot of a creamy orange liquid in a clear mug. A lit candle and jar of turmeric are nearby.
A head on shot of a creamy orange liquid in a clear mug. A lit candle and jar of turmeric are nearby.
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Sweet Fire Tonic

This sweet fire tonic is served warm and is a touch spicy. Made with ginger, cayenne, cider vinegar & turmeric. Helpful for soothing a cold or just as lovely to sip on a chilly evening.
PREP TIME15 mins
COOK TIME2 mins
TOTAL TIME17 mins
Course Beverage
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 1
Author: Laura Wright

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 large orange, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, scrubbed and chopped
  • ¼ cup diced pineapple (I used thawed frozen chunks)
  • 2-inch piece ginger, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • maple syrup or raw honey, to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • Run the orange, carrot, pineapple, and ginger through a juicer.
  • Place the juice in a small saucepan. Place the saucepan over medium-low heat, and slowly bring the juice up to the faintest simmer.
  • From here, you can either vigorously whisk in the apple cider vinegar, turmeric, cayenne, coconut oil, and sweetener OR transfer the warmed juice to an upright blender to combine with the remaining ingredients.
  • Serve the sweet fire tonic warm.

Notes

  • This recipe can be made in a high speed blender if you don’t have a juicer. Simply chop the fruit and vegetables up and place them in the blender container, add about a 1/2 cup of water (or more if necessary), blend on high for a minute, and then fine strain the juice before proceeding with the heating step.
  • If you have fresh turmeric roots around, feel free to juice a 2-inch piece of it rather than using the ground powder.
  • I go for a hearty pinch of cayenne in this because I like to feel the heat :)
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