Ever since my husband and I discovered Moscow Mule cocktails (ginger juice and vodka), I have gotten a slight obsession with ginger. I love the spicy “bite” it has, plus it has several wonderful health benefits (anti-inflammatory, heart health, and reduces nausea to name a few).
I actually found a local company that makes ginger concentrate that’s fabulous and spicy (shout out – Mo Mint & Thyme!), however it’s not on plan for THMers because their concentrate uses sugar. So, I decided to doctor up my own concentrate using stevia as well as a fat-burning mocktail.
Ginger Concentrate (THM FP)
- 3 large pieces fresh ginger, peeled and roughly diced
- 2 Tsp ground ginger
- 3 pinches salt
- scant 1/4 c Pyure or Gentle Sweet
- few dashes of vanilla
Place the all ingredients into a single serve, or full-sized, blender with about 2 cups of water and blend on high until everything looks cohesive.
Strain the ginger liquid into a large mason jar through a fine mesh strainer, pressing the ginger pieces with the back of a spatula to release the liquid. Add about another 1 – 1 1/2 cups water to the concentrate.
Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days. Shake well before every use.
Ginger Mocktail (THM FP)
- 2-3 ounces ginger concentrate (I used a shot glass to measure, or and ounce is about 2 Tsp. I use 3oz, because I like the spicy ginger kick.)
- 1/2 tsp MCT oil or melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp whey isolate
- 1 c water
- sparkling water (unflavored works. Lemon is great, and I love unsweetened peach ginger sparkling water at Target. Choose any flavor you like!)
- liquid stevia to taste, if needed
Place the concentrate, oil, whey, and flat water into a blender and blend on high for 1 minute. Put some ice into a 32oz mason jar, and pour the concentrate mixture over it. Gently add the sparkling water (the whey already makes it puffy, so go slow and steady.) Taste and adjust for sweetness, if needed.
I have come to love the taste of ginger, and the concentrate is incredibly versatile. Use it in your mocktail, GGMS (pg. 397 of the THM cookbook), smoothies (peach + ginger were made for each other! Apple + ginger would be good too.), or anything else you like.