Emily’s Elixir of Life

Have you ever stumbled into our co-op feeling under the weather, because cold season has gotten the best of you, and come across sample cups of a bright yellow juice that tastes like you’re being slapped in the face with liquid sunshine?

Didn’t it make you feel GREAT?

Did you, in your new-found state of bliss, remember to pick up a recipe card so you can make it for yourself upon returning home with the ingredients?

Me neither.

Sure, I can be lazy because I spend most of my waking hours at our co-op and can frequently take shots of this throughout the day. I can even beg Emily to make a batch “for customers.” However, it would also be lovely to wake up to this elixir on a cold, grey day; instead of just enjoying it at work. So, Emily suggested it is about time we post the recipe online for anyone to whip up at any time. We do want you all staying healthy.

I confess, I am not a dietitian. And, while our fantastic Delightfully Healthy! interns could tell you all about every nutrient and associated health benefits contained within, I will just say that if you walk into our wellness aisle you will see many of these ingredients in supplements that support your immune system, liver function, digestion, metabolism, a healthy blood pressure and inflammation response, lessen your response to pollen allergens (if the honey you use is local), and aid a speedier recovery from respiratory illness. These all seem like great things to work towards while drinking something truly delicious.

So, next time you are feeling down and find we have shots of this bright and brilliant beverage waiting for you, know that Emily, your caring local Produce Manager, is rooting for your health. Do yourself a favor and, pick up an armful of lemons, turmeric, horseradish, ginger, apple cider, honey, and apple cider vinegar, then go home and click through to this blog so you can make a pitcher of this liquid sunshine in the comfort of your own home.


¼ cup fresh turmeric root
½ cup fresh ginger root
2 oz fresh horseradish
8-10 lemons
¼ to ½ cup apple cider vinegar (depends on how strong you want it)
½ cup local honey
4 cups apple cider


Juice the turmeric, ginger, and horseradish into a cup. If you don’t have a juicer, you can finely grate them with a grater or micro plane.

Squeeze all the juice from the fresh lemons into a bowl or pitcher.

Add fresh juice to a pitcher, and stir in the rest of the ingredients (you may need to use a whisk to incorporate the honey). If you want the flavor to be stronger, add more cider vinegar. If you’d prefer it sweeter, add more honey or apple cider.

*If you have grated the first three ingredients instead of using a juicer, put the grated “pulp” into a blender with the rest of the ingredients, blend on high for 2 minutes, then pass through a strainer or cheese cloth to remove the pulp.

Flavor variations/additions:

Orange juice, thai ginger, spicy peppers, carrot juice, pineapple juice, cayenne, cinnamon, black tea.