Ginger Shots – A recipe

This is my first time sharing one of my recipes inspired by a week of having the sniffles at the break of Autumn. Not that Germany has had a proper summer this year, because let’s face it, it was pretty mild. Still, autumn has hit everyone pretty hard, which caused our department a 25% sick rate. I happened to have my share right after I had my 4-day weekend. Having to wake up at 3 AM after having been in class until 9 PM the night before did not help my case at all. I only had 3 days until my next off-day but it felt like I had to work for two weeks straight. When I was asked if I could jump in for my sick colleague, I had to pass. I thought that if I had to work another day, I’ll most probably have to call in sick the following days which will only cause a bigger disruption in our shifts.

So with one whole day to make myself feel better, I went back to one of my old recipes. I swear by this concoction every flu season. I like to try out new products that I find in the supermarket and, one faithful day, bottled ginger shots have hit the shelves. I love ginger and I love the prickling sensation of it on my throat so it’s not surprising that I went out for some more. Soon enough, I realised it leaves a huge hole in my pocket. 1,49 € for one shot (60 ml) is too much for daily consumption. I had to find a way to get it for cheaper. And here it goes:

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Recipe for Ginger Shots

Ingredients:

Makes about 1L of ginger juice.

(Breakdown: 60% apple juice, 25% ginger-turmeric juice, 10% orange juice, 5% lemon juice)

  • 400g ginger roots (or replace 50g ginger with 50g fresh turmeric root for a more earthy taste and nutritional value)
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 oranges
  • 7 apples

Directions:

  1. Prepare your apples and ginger roots for your juicer. You may have to peel them depending on the type of juicer you are using. Mine did not require that so I only had to wash everything thoroughly.
  2. Juice the apples, ginger roots, and turmeric (if used).
  3. Squeeze out the juice of your oranges and lemon in a citrus juicer.
  4. Mix everything together and pour into your container of choice. I used a few airtight bottles.
  5. Refrigerate for up to 5 days and don’t forget to share!

(Who am I kidding, I finished these on my own within 5 days, taking a few shots a day.)

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Important Reminder:

When preparing your turmeric roots, don’t forget to wear gloves! I did not wear any since I only washed them and put them in the juicer unpeeled but it was when I cleaned out my juicer that I instantly regretted not wearing gloves and walked around with my right hand the colour of Homer Simpson’s for a few days.

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Results? For one, I got my voice back one day later. We know about citrus fruits having high vitamin C levels that help boost our immune system, and so do apples. Both ginger and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties, the latter also serving as an antioxidant.

Roadtrip: Romania – Castles & Fortresses

Driving from Timisoara to Bucharest in the course of 5 days, we were able to view 6 castles and fortresses along the way.

Corvin Castle

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Legend says that Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned in this very castle.

Fagaras Fortress

In recent history, it has been used as a stronghold by the Communist State of Romania and was still used as a prison in as late as the 1950s.

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A bird’s eye view of this citadel would have been great but I don’t have the right equipment for that, sadly

Rasnov Fortress

It’s hard to miss the sight of this fortress when walking around the town of Brasov when its name is written right at the cliff in big letters much like the Hollywood sign. It’s an old ruin with wobbly paths but it’s the first castle/fortress in this trip so far that is located on a cliff, overlooking the city.

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Rasnov Fortress

Peles and Pelisor Castles

Located in Sinaia and in close proximity from each other, both castles were built in the late 1800s as residences for the Royal Family. Peles was open for viewing at the time we were there, while Pelisor wasn’t due to some construction work going on.

Bran Castle

Lastly, to end our castle-hopping trip, we entered what is more commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. It was a very crowded one, too. Somehow, most of Romania’s tourism is being sold with the “Dracula” story. Souvenir shops in all of Romania sell different products with the Dracula brand on them. This castle, I believe, has adapted it at most, so it’s not surprising to see the huge wave of tourists coming in. As a conclusion, though, this one has been the least impressive of all the castles we’ve visited – all of which were less crowded, some even nearly empty.

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Check out the main post about our Romanian Roadtrip experience.