Spicy Turmeric and Ginger Ice

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A glass of my favorite savory icy drink, Spicy Turmeric and Ginger Ice in a margarita glass. Perfect cooling off drink for a hot summer day while I am taking a break from painting furniture and writing blog posts.

Alright, because it’s so danged hot and only likely to get hotter, I’ve decided to do a mini blog series to share my favorite non-alcoholic drinks to cool off with. Sweet drink recipes abound all over the internet, as do recipes for flavored water combinations, that barely satisfy one’s (Ahem, my!) craving for taste, any taste that isn’t too sweet.


My favorite Summer drink is something I’ve been making for a few years now. It’s not sweet but if you want you can add a little drizzle of honey over the top. Best part is, it’s made with turmeric, one of the super foods that have been gushed and raved about everywhere you look in recent years.

Ingredients (List contains affiliate links):

1-cup ice cubes

1-teaspoon powdered turmeric

1/2-teaspoon fresh ginger or

1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger

1/8-teaspoon fresh cracked/ground whole black peppercorns

Honey to taste (optional)

4-tablespoons water to start

Closeup of my favorite savory summer beverage Spicy Turmeric and Ginger Ice

Combine all ingredients except honey in your blending device of choice. Pulse until ice is the texture of an icy or a coarse slushy. You may need to add more water in some blending devices to get the ice cubes to grind as finely as you would like. Add additional water one tablespoon at a time and try to blend after each addition. Once blended, put into your favorite glass (I like margarita glasses like the ones from Amazon below. Click on the image for my affiliate link.) Drizzle honey over the top (or don’t to keep it savory.) and garnish with a sprig of mint it your favorite fresh herbs. Or ignore the garnish and just drink it.

The only pepper in this drink is the 1/8-teaspoon freshly ground peppercorns. While that does contribute to some of the spice, most of the bite comes from the ginger and the turmeric which both have a savory and spicy flavor.

I came up with this drink for myself because I’m not super fond of sweet things. Don’t get me wrong, sweet has its place. But by the time July rolls around, I’m sick of lemonade and soda and corn syrup filled slushy’s. (If you want to read about the best slushy I’ve ever tasted check out my review of Wicked Slush.) So to combat the tidal wave of sugared beverages that advertisers throw at us over the warmer months of the year, I created my own series of savory beverage recipes to sip on.

See the rest of the Savory Summer drink recipes

Lemon Thyme and Lime

Lavender and Vanilla Blended Ice

Savory Super Minty Mock Mojito

Rosemary Ice with a Hickory Smoke Salt Rim

Sage (Blossoms) and Orange Zest Blended Ice

Chai Blended Ice

Left, Lavender Vanilla Ice Drink. Top, Super Minty Blended Ice. Right Rosemary and Hickory Smoked Salt blended Ice Drink. Bottom Lemon Thyme and Lime blended ice drink.

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