Recipe Directions

juice the citrus fruits and pour the juice into a jar. (i use the basic old-school citrus reamer for this…the membranes in the grapefruit are really bitter and if you just throw the whole peeled grapefruit into an electric juicer, it comes out wickedly bitter. juicing it manually means that the membranes are not part of the juice, and thus, the juice is very sweet and not at all bitter. many people do not know this and just swear off grapefruit…) coarsely chop the gingerroot and squeeze the juice (i stick it between 2 spoons to squeeze it) into the jar…you want about 10 drops. add the vanilla, agave nectar, and cayenne, cover, and shake. this makes a concentrate which can be stuck in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. sometimes i add more agave if i’m in the mood for something sweet, sometimes i add less.

i usually divide the concentrate between 2 big glasses and add the water or sparkling water. stir and drink up!

interesting fyi-s:

if you’re thinking the cayenne sounds gross and you wouldn’t even THINK of adding it…try it! you can’t taste it…it just adds a tiny bite that goes really well in the mixture. i first had cayenne in my lemonade at pure food & wine in NYC and that’s when i fell in love with it. everyone else at the table did, too…they drank all of mine and then ordered glasses of their own. boo!

this drink is GREAT for ailing people…vitamin c is much better absorbed by the body when it comes from a whole food source, rather than a supplement…just heat the water up to about 110 degrees (it cools a lot when mixed with the juice), add a little more cayenne, and voilá! nature’s theraflu! and it doesn’t even taste like s#@t! ;-)

Jamestheraw's Thoughts

By jamestheraw

my mother forces me to make this frequently. i go through phases sometimes where I NEED citrus fruit…like, i would sell my brother to slavery to get it…and this really hits the spot. maybe that’s why my brother loves this drink also.

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really great!

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Oops, I mean that I used raw honey instead of agave because raw honey helps with coughs...

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This sounds delicious and perfect for warding off colds, my mum also forces me to drink something similiar (mothers know best or something like that!)

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This was delicious and very refreshing. I made it for my son who had a cold and he drank it all, next morning he said he felt much better and he thinks it was the Citrus Ginger-Ade. No doubt it helped, what with all the medicinal citrus, ginger and cayenne. A Keeper.

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really great!

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This sounds so good!

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I want you to come live with me and be my little boy and make all your wonderful recipes for me to eat. Your mother and brother are lucky people. You are very talented. More, more, more from James the Raw.

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a garlic press! sheer genius... thanks for that... ;-)

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Just made it and I really like it.

You might want to try to use a garlic press to get that Ginger juice going. It works super well!

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Mmmmmm... just made this but I didn't have oranges or lemons so instead I used 2 tangerines and some key lime juice. It turned a BEAUTIFUL sunset orange color and tasted delicious, even my mum loved it!

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This sounds delicious and perfect for warding off colds, my mum also forces me to drink something similiar (mothers know best or something like that!)

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sounds sooooo refreshing! would love to have some... ~thanks

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Oops, I mean that I used raw honey instead of agave because raw honey helps with coughs...

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Loved it! We didn't have a grapefruit or sparkling water so I used the center of a pineapple and warmed it slightly in the vitamix so it was a luke warm fruit tea sort of drink...just read that it helps a lot with sinus colds...we'll see (used raw honey instead of honey also to help with coughs) :) It was delicious! Thank you for the recipe, will buy grapefruits this week.

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oops. sorry about the lines!

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It worked like a charm! :-) My daughter got the bug next, drank this and was better! My son just loves the taste of it so I made it again today. It is very reminiscent of the commercial lemonade my husband likes to drink at restaurants. Thanks for this delicious recipe! It is definitely a keeper! It is now a good alternative to commercial juice (which we stopped buying a *long* time ago! Thanks again for sharing! :-)

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Just made this for my husband! There is a little bug going around and he won't eat. I didn't want him to drink the commercial gingerale (yuck!) so we are trying this! Let you know how it works for us!

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This looks fabulous, I am soooo going to try it tomorrow, looks great for kickin my cold's a**.

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"sell my brother to slavery"...HAHA! yum-mo...can't wait to try this!!

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Very tasty and healthy little tonic, thank you!

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Mmmm... Your recipes are great. This looks really tasty!

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