Refreshing Ginger Citrus Sipper

by Gena on April 15, 2013

ginger citrus sipper

Hi friends! I’m so very sorry to have been MIA. As you may have seen via Facebook, my wallet and computer were stolen last week. I am so grateful for how kind and generous everyone has been to me since it happened—what a flood of love and concern! It’s an upsetting experience, to be sure, but I was not hurt; it happened when I left my bag unattended for a brief moment. In a lot of ways, it has been a really good life lesson. From now on, I’ll be far more conscious of my belongings, as I should have been in the first place, and it goes without saying that I’ll be better about backing my documents up as well. I’ve also learned a lot about the safety precautions one should take when one’s property has been violated in any way, thanks to generous CR readers who have shared their knowledge with me (Debbie, this means you!). I may be a little sporadic for the next week, but I’m going to do my best to keep blogging as usual.

I had a lot of recipes planned for you this week, but the photos are now gone, so I’m going to just start from scratch with stuff I’m making now. The following smoothie—juice? whole foods juice?—is something I made on Saturday, as I was cheering myself up. I always think of citrus fruits as being incredibly “sunny,” and sun was what I needed. I love the combination of citrus and ginger (I often use both in salad dressings, and recently I combined them in a rice pudding recipe for Food52!).

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Because I made this recipe in my Vitamix, I used a whole orange and half of a whole grapefruit without bothering to deal with pith and seeds (and it was fine). If you use a regular blender, I’d recommend removing the pith and seeds of the fruit first, so that you don’t end up with them in your drink. Otherwise, this is a super easy drink to make: you just blend whole fruit with about an inch of fresh ginger and some ice. It’s a perfectly pick-me-up for increasingly warm weather. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is soothing to the digestive system, so I also think this is a great drink for stressful times, or even as a cool down drink after an intense yoga class!

Refreshing Ginger Citrus Sipper


  • 1 navel orange, peel and seeds removed
  • 1/2 grapefruit, peel and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup water, coconut water, or juice of your choosing
  • 1 inch knob ginger, peeled and cut into a few pieces (if your blender won't blend this, you can use 1/4 tsp powdered ginger)


  1. Blend ingredients till smooth. Sip and savor! Serves 2.

Bottom’s up!

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And with that, I’m off—thanks again for bearing with me right now! This week, I’ll be sharing my favorite new use for tamarind (which I recently featured along with a delicious bowl of veggie ribbons), among other treats.


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the delicate place April 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm

this is like a healthy grown up version of an orange julius but with a little kick! i dig it! i am so sorry to hear about your stolen goods :( i have a feeling something really great is about to happen for you. chin up girl :)


Marissa April 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I’ve been eating a lot of oranges and grapefruits lately. They definitely do have that “sunny” quality about them! And, I’m so sorry to hear about the theft (so not cool) but also glad that you weren’t hurt. Take care and can’t wait to see this new use for tamarind that you speak of!


FoodFeud April 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Oh no! I didn’t know about the troubles but I’m glad you’re safe. It’s still a huge, horrible hassle, though. Yuck.
The juice sounds delicious. Glad you’re able to move on from the frustrations.


Melissa from the Blue House April 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I LOVE ginger these days, and this looks delicious. I’m dying for a vitamix too…


Ginny McMeans April 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Can’t go wrong with this combination. Thanks for the recipe.


Ali April 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm

So sorry to hear about your losses. That is no fun at all! Make sure you take some time to do a headstand or two, I find that always helps me feel better. This drink looks awesome! Sending all my love your way.


Kimberley April 16, 2013 at 12:05 am

I am glad I have come across this recipe. Ginger is on of my favourite foods, plus it is such a lifesaver in those first 3 months of pregnancy. I will be keeping this on hand for when I am pregnant with baby no: 2!


Katrin - April 16, 2013 at 12:55 am

What a wonderful recipe!! Have never thought about adding ginger. Have to give it a try!!


Ashleigh April 16, 2013 at 5:07 am

The minute I saw the latest Dove Campaign, I wanted to know your reaction. I think it’s beautiful and so uplifting.
Thanks for shedding so much light on self-esteem and body image issues.


mild April 16, 2013 at 5:22 am

sounds really good!


Karen April 16, 2013 at 7:14 am

Oh no…so sorry to hear re. your personal crisis. As always, your ‘silver lining’ attitude and good sense is serving you well.

I am a bit of a ginger fanatic – ginger tea every day, ginger in any fresh juice I might concoct, etc. Ginger manages to be both soothing and energizing at the same time. Love it!

Take care, and breathe often and deeply…



Lulu April 16, 2013 at 7:45 am

Im really sorry for your losses :( my goodness, i forgot how careful one must be in taking care of one’s stuff. I leave my stuff out all the time… Gotta be careful now…
But I admire your determination to continue strong and keep blogging :) good luck Gena!


Sarah April 16, 2013 at 7:57 am

I have been trying to start drinking more healthy drinks. I was thinking of buying a Vitamix blender but I wasn’t sure if they were as good as the commercial says they are. If you didn’t have to seed the oranges, then I think the Vitamix blenders might be a good investment.


Les April 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm

The vitamix is a beast!! I’ve put in lime with the peel on and you’d never know. It will also blend up apple seeds, whole vanilla beans — and, I haven’t tried this, but supposedly it can even blend and avocado pit.


Michelle April 16, 2013 at 8:14 am

Can you put your recipes on Pinterest so we can Pin them?! Please & thank you!


Stanley Shores April 16, 2013 at 8:26 am

This was so refreshing made me feel like I was in heaven!

P.S. Gena I hope you feel better soon!


Reba Cox April 16, 2013 at 9:03 am

Yummy! I’m in love with ginger lately! I am actually posting a gingeraide recipe tomorrow. Its nice to know that I can throw ginger straight into my drinks made from my Vitamix… So much easier than pealing zesting and juicing!


Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry April 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

This drink looks so refreshing! I love citrus fruits paired with ginger. I am so sorry about what you had to go through…ahh what a crazy world we live in. I hope this week only continues to get better for you!


The Happy Juicer April 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

So glad I found your site. AMAZING info for a someone wanting to go raw. I’m in the middle of a 30 day Juice Fast, but am going to take these ingredients and juice them (except the coconut water) tonight for tomorrow’s breakfast. I have a fresh young coconut I’ve been needing to crack open so this will be perfect to pour into my juice. I bet it is wonderful. Thanks!


Rose April 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I’m so out of the loop – G, I’M SO SORRY THIS HAPPENED! Ugh, that’s terrible. At least you’re ok, though, and you appear to have a remarkably good attitude about it. Damn, I would be pretty jerky about the whole situation.

Look for a cheer-you-up treat in the mail tomorrow or the next day:) Hang in there!


Christine (The Raw Project) April 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Yikes, so sorry about the theft, still not a fun lesson! But this looks wonderful and perfect timing with citrus being so in season, thanks!


Maggie April 17, 2013 at 7:21 am

You think I could make this in my juicer ( I have a breville) with out amending anything ? (Obviously adding the coconut water after). Im always looking for new juices I can make with grapefruit !!


Gena April 17, 2013 at 9:56 pm

I think it would work, but you night need a little more fruit to get the right yield. And yes, add coconut water at the end :-)


Star April 17, 2013 at 9:41 am


I am sorry to hear about your computer and wallet, but glad you are okay. Thanks for the recipe, this is just want I needed.



Gena April 17, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Awesome! And it’s OK. Objects are objects. I appreciate your empathy :-)


Tanya @ Playful and Hungry April 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

I love the idea of adding ginger!


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