Any cruise down the isle of a health food store will tell you that both the market for turmeric and for apple cider vinegar are exploding!
Just five years ago you could not find fresh turmeric root in a grocery store in most of the United States. Hawaii was a notable exception because it grows their readily. Now I find it regularly in the produce section of regular grocery stores.
While Apple cider vinegar has been around for centuries, just as has turmeric root, it was always a narrow niche product in the health food market. I recently strolled through Walmart for the first time in a decade and noticed that you can buy apple cider vinegar in capsules. Frankly, it would’ve never occurred to me to take apple cider vinegar in a capsule, but there you go!
With the explosion of these two products simultaneously, it is also not a surprise that they have been married in the form of turmeric apple cider vinegar shots. The market for “health shots“ is a whole other niche, marrying lots of different functional foods into little liquid formulations that you can pack in your pocket, and take on the run. This is really a fun little growing industry but every time I see the products my mind quickly goes to the question “How can I make this myself?“
Really, most of the “health shot“ products are fun little do it yourself projects.
Apple cider vinegar turmeric shots are no exception. All you do is infuse apple cider vinegar with turmeric. Of course, I infuse nothing with turmeric that doesn’t also include ginger, so my apple cider vinegar shots are apple cider vinegar turmeric ginger shots.
Making these could not be more simple and it is as fulfilling as a craft project for foodies.
All you do is peel your turmeric and ginger, about two inches of each. Use the peels in teas. Slice up the roots and put them in a pint-sized mason jar. Cover them with apple cider vinegar. Put a plastic lid on it. Swish it around. Store it in a cool, dark pantry for two weeks or for months. Swish it around again as you think about it.
When you are ready to use it, you can strain out the roots and use them in a recipe of some kind. Retain the liquid as your turmeric apple cider vinegar shot. You’ve just saved a bunch of money and have a next-level health tonic!