Ginger and Turmeric Hot Cider

There’s no single nutrient or food that can prevent or cure cancer but an eating pattern that keeps us at a healthy weight, increases our intake of foods rich in fiber, antioxidants and other plant compounds may lower our risk. Here are two potential cancer fighters in one mug. Both ginger and turmeric combine with apple cider for a deliciously, warm and comforting winter drink. Fresh ginger contains a pungent substance called gingerol while turmeric gets it characteristic yellow hue from the class of compounds called curcuminoids. Both are being studied by the American Institute for Cancer Research for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.






Ginger Turmeric Hot Cider


  • 1 cup fresh apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger (a microplane is recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients. Over medium heat, heat to a gently simmer. Turn off heat, cover and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Pour hot-spiced cider into a mug (if desired, you can pour through a fine strainer).

Note: I was skeptical of this recipe because of the strong flavors of turmeric and ginger but was pleasantly surprised that all of the ingredients worked well together. Sip this beverage as an after dinner treat or as a mid-afternoon or evening snack.

What to do with leftover ginger? Remove the skin from the ginger root, slice into smaller pieces and mince. Put the minced ginger into a jar with a tight fitting lid. Cover with dry sherry or white wine. Place the lid on the jar and store in the refrigerator. Whenever you need ginger, just measure out the amount you need. Ginger will keep for several months.








2 Comments Add yours

  1. amanda says:

    I am on a huge turmeric kick! I make something similar without the cider. I use hot water and a little honey in mine. Or there was also a great recipe in the NYT a few weeks ago for a turmeric chai. Yum! Deliciously fighting inflammation! Also, I have never heard of that method of preserving ginger. I will definitely give that a try!


    1. Judy Matusky says:

      Thanks for your comments! I love the idea of turmeric in chai! I’ll have to give it a try!


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