Frozen pineapple, fresh lemon, and plenty of fresh-peeled ginger and turmeric are going to make your immune system feel like a superhero! Pineapple Lemonade with Ginger and Turmeric is one of my secret weapons for keeping my family healthy all year-round...and as a bonus, it's absolutely delicious!
A lemonade in the middle of winter? You might be thinking I published this post in the wrong month, but I'm actually LOVING this Pineapple Lemonade with Ginger and Turmeric as a wintertime drink! With all that is going around this time of year I'm trying to keep my family healthy. Cold and flu season is no joke! Luckily, there are tons of delicious foods you can eat to naturally boost your immune system and help your body fight off all the seasonal yuck, and this recipe is full of them. Health and wellness are my biggest passions (I have a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and I am a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) as well), so I'm all about evidence-based nutrition and the science behind the foods we eat. Let's get into why this lemonade is SO good for your system!
Ingredients in Pineapple Lemonade
This ingredient list is short and fresh! Whether you're using this Pineapple Lemonade with Ginger and Turmeric as a refreshing immunity-boost in the winter or a tropical sip in the summertime, you should be able to find these ingredients year-round.
- Pineapple - Frozen pineapple is easy to find and store, so I usually have some on hand! I love the tropical sweetness pineapple adds to this drink.
- Lemon - I used three large, juicy lemons to bring plenty of lemonade flavor!
- Turmeric root - Turmeric looks similar to fresh ginger. Use the back of a spoon to peel it easily! I usually do a lot at once, then store it in the freezer to use whenever I want the incredible health benefits of fresh turmeric.
- Ginger root - Use fresh ginger root! It can be prepared and stored just like the turmeric root.
- Optional additions - A pinch of black pepper and ½ teaspoon of coconut oil will help your body to absorb the turmeric.
How to Make Pineapple Lemonade with Ginger and Turmeric
Just blend and go! All you need to do for fresh Pineapple Lemonade with Ginger & Turmeric is add everything except the ice into a high-speed blender. Run it on the highest speed for 30-60 seconds; you'll know it's done when the ginger and turmeric root fibers are completely incorporated. It will be warm from blending, so I like to add the ice cubes right before serving and blend briefly until there are no ice chunks. Pour directly into a cup and ENJOY! It's love at first sip.
All About Pineapple & Lemon
This lemonade has a cup of pineapple, which I buy frozen! Pineapple is high in immune-boosting vitamin C (one serving provides 50% of what you would need in a day!). It naturally sweetens the drink and gives a perfect tropical tang that is so refreshing. The lemon in this recipe also offers vitamin C and detoxifying health benefits. I love my lemon squeezer for quickly juicing lemons!
Immunity Superstars: Turmeric & Ginger!
Turmeric has a very long history of medicinal use (dating back nearly 4000 years!). It's been used in Ayurvedic medicine for many conditions, including breathing problems, rheumatism, serious pain, and fatigue. Modern medicine has begun to recognize its importance, mostly as a dietary supplement for inflammation, arthritis, and other conditions (source). Curcumin (the orange-yellow component found in turmeric) has been shown to enhance antibody responses, which suggests that curcumin's reported beneficial effects in arthritis, allergy, asthma, atherosclerosis, heart disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cancer might be due in part to its ability to modulate the immune system (source). Turmeric is rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity (source). Ginger's health-promoting perspectives are well known. It's used in many countries to raise the immune system and can treat a wide range of diseases via immunonutrition and anti-inflammatory responses (source)...plus, ginger is wonderfully soothing on an upset stomach!
How to Make Juice in a Blender
I absolutely love my juicer (even my kids get in on the fun with Our Favorite Fresh Homemade Juices!), but I also know that not everyone has one...and even if you do, they can be a lot of cleanup! One of my favorite things about this Pineapple Lemonade is that you only need a blender to make it. This also means you are getting all the fiber too. A high-speed blender will blend everything down enough that you can pour it straight into a glass and enjoy! If your blender isn't very powerful, you can use a nut milk bag to manually squeeze out any pulp or texture. Check out my Best Green Juice in a Blender for more on how to do that!
Frequently Asked Questions: Pineapple Lemonade
- Can you make homemade juice ahead of time? This lemonade definitely tastes best immediately after making, but you can make and store it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days! You can wait to add the ice until you're ready to enjoy for an icy-cold drink.
- How to store homemade juice - Fresh juices will naturally separate as they sit. Give it a quick re-blend to reincorporate the ingredients together.
- Do I need fresh pineapple? I used frozen! It's easier to find year-round and you can skip the hassle of cutting a pineapple.
- How to peel fresh ginger or turmeric - Both of these roots can be easily peeled with a spoon! Flip a spoon upside down in your hand and slip the edge under the skin. It'll peel right off! I like to peel a bunch at once, cut it into chunks, and freeze it. I have also would with this recipe you don't have to peel either and it still turns out great!
This Pineapple Lemonade with Ginger & Turmeric is vegan, gluten-free, Whole30-friendly, paleo, grain-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free, egg-free and dairy-free. I hope you love it as much as we do! Please be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see your creations, and don't forget to drop a review below (it's one of the most helpful things you can do for me!).
More Drinks & Juices
- Turmeric Ginger Immune Boosting Wellness Drink (that actually tastes good)
- Green Aid
- Slow Cooker Vegan Gingerbread Steamer
- Homemade Spiced Apple Cider (with ginger root!)
- Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
- Creamy Pitaya Beet Smoothie
- Iced Vanilla Mint Moringa Latte
- Vegan Dalgona Whipped Matcha Latte
- Creamy Citrus Matcha Green Protein Smoothie
- Sunshine Smoothie
Pineapple Lemonade with Ginger and Turmeric is a delicious immunity-booster and my secret weapon for keeping my family healthy all year-round!
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 cup frozen unsweetened pineapple chunks
- 3 large juicy lemons, juiced
- 2-inches fresh turmeric root, peeled if desired (or sub 1 teaspoon ground turmeric)
- 1-inch fresh ginger, peeled if desired
- optional: pinch of black pepper and ½ teaspoon coconut oil for better absorption of the turmeric
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Add all ingredients (except the ice cubes) to a high-speed blender and blend on the highest speed for 30-60 seconds until the ginger and turmeric root fibers are completely incorporated.
- It will be warm from blending, so just before serving add the ice cubes and blend again briefly until there are no chunks of ice. Pour immediately (no straining needed) directly in to a cup and enjoy. If separation occurs as it sits you can re-blend to reincorporate the ingredients together.
- The recipe is best when fresh. I usually enjoy immediately but it should store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. You will need to blend before serving after storage as separation will occur.
If you do not have fresh turmeric root you can substitute ground turmeric as mentioned in the ingredients. I get my fresh turmeric root at Sprouts typically but I know sometimes it can be difficult to find at certain stores.
If you are making this drink for kids, start with less turmeric and ginger and work your way up to the written amount above. You can sweeten the drink too if desired.
With my blender I do not have to peel the turmeric or ginger root and it still turns out perfect.
- Prep Time: 5
- Category: Beverage
- Method: Blender
Keywords: immune-boosting turmeric-ginger lemonade