Felt entirely under the weather last week with an allergic reaction to some medication. Let's just say I have never been more grateful for good health. We should never take being able to breathe with both nostrils for granted.
The one saving grace of last week was this impulsive purchase of a Turmeric Tonic at Jane on Fillmore, a cafe in San Francisco where the cookie selection is as equally impressive as their salad menu.
The lady before me ordered this fizzy, orange drink, and with some vague memory of reading about the benefits of turmeric, I impromptu ordered it. It was a simple drink: fizzy, earthy, unsweetened, and perfectly refreshing.
Later I read up on turmeric and all of its anti-inflammatory benefits. Who knows if that is all true, but I can tell you that it makes a tasty, cooling drink.
Naturally I tried to recreate it at home, and it was surprisingly simple.
Turmeric Tonic: Inspired by Jane on Fillmore
Mix 1/4 tsp of ground turmeric with a 1/4 cup of plain water until dissolved. Then add as much sparkling water and ice cubes as you want.
Just remember to shake the glass occasionally as you sip because the turmeric will settle to the bottom as you drink.
Note: Curcumin, the primary nutritional powerhouse of turmeric, is fat soluble. So in order to really reap the benefits of Turmeric, its recommended you consume it with fat and black pepper. I prefer to just drink my tonic before or after a savory meal instead of adding fat or black pepper.