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Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

by Skinny Ms.

There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool drink mixed with a few tasty ingredients that delight the taste buds. But you don’t need to drive to your local coffee shop for an iced, sugary beverage filled with excess sugar and calories. And you don’t need to spend hours steeping tea or muddling fruit. Try our Lemon Ginger Detox Drink for a cooling beverage that offers the additional bonus of providing your body with a cleanse that flushes the fat away. Its two main ingredients are the perfect powerhouses for a great detox that will have you feeling as light as this drink tastes!

Ginger is a powerful detox ingredient that helps to kick start your metabolism. Sipping a ginger infused beverage will have your metabolism on the rise throughout the day, allowing you to flush fat even as you take in your daily meals, and will burn extra calories as you workout. Lemons are a natural detoxifier. And with their diuretic effect, your body will more easily shed unwanted toxins.

Simply add the juice of a half of a lemon to a glass of water, and then grate your ginger into the glass. It’s an easy prep way to detox and flush the fat away, and it’s a great way to hydrate while enjoying some vibrant, natural flavor!

Click here to learn about the Three day Cleanse & Detox Recipes.

Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

Yields: 1 serving | Serving Size: 1 drink/full recipe | Calories: 11 | Previous Points: 0 | Points Plus: 0 | Total Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 2 mg | Carbohydrates: 0 g | Dietary Fiber: 0 g | Sugars: 1 g | Protein: 0 g |


  • 1 12-ounce glass water, at room temperature
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 inch knob of ginger root


Add the lemon juice to the glass of water. Finely grate the ginger by using a zester, add to the glass of water. This drink is a perfect way to start your day!

NOTE: Lemon Ginger Detox Drink can be incorporated into the 3 Day Cleanse & Detox or simply enjoy first thing in the morning.

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75 Responses to Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

  • Laurie says:

    I stopped drinking ALL pop-soda before Labor day…it was hard at first since I was drinking two bottles of Pepsi a day at work=6-8 bottles a week …so knowing I have done that helps me know I do have some WillPower! so I say its itime for another challenge…No added suger….not on cereal or in coffe is easy to NOT do but what other things should I look for that might trick-me up?__Is chocolate allowed?_

    • Skinny Ms. says:

      Laurie, Only 100% pure chocolate…which doesn’t taste so good.

    • Jen says:

      I've been on a sugar-free diet for medical reasons for 2 months now (4 more to go!). It's so hard! Sugar is in EVERYTHING! It's possible, but extremely limited. Very few cereals have 0g sugar and those without it usually have a sugar substitute; I finally found one in the organic aisle. Good luck!

    • Melissa says:

      I have been on a sugar free diet for eleven years, with absolutely no cheats that entire time. You are right that it is in almost all packaged, processed food. I found that cooking in advance in large quantities and then freezing meal sized portions which are portable (in a lunchbox), allows me to have healthy "fast food" always on hand. I am an international flight attendant gone from home 21 days a month, so it is possible to eat this way even if you are constantly on the run. A word of warning…stay totally away from artificial sweeteners. They make you crave the real stuff. If you do this, you will find that it gets MUCH EASIER with time. Good luck!

  • Leslie says:

    My friend and I are about to do your Three Day Cleanse and i have a question about the ginger. It says to zest/finely grate the ginger in water. do you do the entire 1/2 inch piece of ginger per glass? Do you have any other tips or suggestions for us about to begin Cleanse? Thanks So much!

  • Brenda says:

    I would like to start this cleanse but I would like to know how to drink this cleanse, like if that is all we are drinking or how often we have to drink it, what do we eat the rest of day or if we are even eating anything the rest of day.

    • Skinny Ms. says:

      Brenda, I’m not sure what your question is. Do you mean, you prefer a liquid cleanse?

      • Jan says:

        she wants to know if thats the only thing you drink all day or if you can drink something else too. how often should you drink it? Then she asks if you eat anything during the day???

        • Skinny Ms. says:

          Jan, This is meant to be for once in the morning and that’s it. Always eat whole foods and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

          • Ashley says:

            When you say whole foods, what do you mean?

          • kris says:

            whole foods are foods with one ingredient (carrot, celery, banana, chicken, fish, lean steak sweet potato). non-whole foods are processed, or have additives (like cereals, pop tarts, granola bars, breads, cold cuts, baked goods, pork fried rice, many packaged or frozen meals/foods). A good rule of thumb, is to shop the perimeter of the food store; mostly you will find fresh whole foods along the back and side walls of the grocery store (vegetables, fruit, meats, dairy). Best of luck to you! :)

  • alice pousson says:

    Im starting this tomorrow. I am making my soup now.

  • Megan says:

    I'm starting tomorrow. This will be my first detox! I have a quick question, why lukewarm water?

  • brittany says:

    i saw at the store in the organic section, fresh ginger root powder… would that be the same thing? (i bought the actual ginger root) but i was just wondering :)

    also on the shopping list I saw that there are spruts, well stores arnt carrying them anymore due to health hazards (i was told by the produce section employees) are there any substatutions?

    • Skinny Ms. says:

      Brittany, I always recommend fresh ginger over the powder (processed). You can buy canned sprouts but instead, Bok choi, napa cabbage or green cabbage, thinly sliced can also stand in for the crunch of bean sprouts. Substitutes for Bean Sprouts… Bok choi, napa cabbage or green cabbage, thinly sliced can also stand in for the crunch of bean sprouts.

  • Sonjja says:

    Is this drink something you do everyday? If not how often should you drink it

  • Zen says:

    My Sweetheart and I are starting our 3-Day Cleanse as of today! We are very excited to take part on a healthier lifestyle that is going to have a beautiful and positive change to our overall well-being.
    Today is a New Beginning to a New Life for Him and I and we will all make it.

    Good Luck to everyone :)

  • Sarah says:

    do you drink it hot in the morning? or just cold? do you prepare a huge pitcher full for the day? thanks

  • I want to make it now. Can I use ground ginger to start till I go shopping again. Just got home from the store. How much should I sub?

  • wattyz says:

    is there anything I can use instead of ginger? I really can't the taste or smell ginger.

  • Chesy says:

    Need to do cardio during this 3day detox ?

  • christine says:

    Is this lemon/ginger drink ok to make ahead of time? Like, could I make a couple of days worth and leave it in the fridge for mornings?

  • Eve says:

    can you put all of this into a vitamix? Meaning throw the ginger root in and let the vitamix liquefy it instead of grating it?

  • vregina says:

    does the drink elevate your blood pressure?

  • Sharon says:

    Can I substitute lemon juice for 1/2 lemon in the Sunrise Ginger Tea?

  • Tiece says:

    I really dislike the taste of ginger. Is there something else I can substitute for ginger, or is there another type of drink I can make instead?

    • SkinnyMs says:

      Either omit the ginger entirely with no substitution or add a very, very small sprinkling of cayenne pepper as a substitute.

  • Shelley says:

    Can this be drank at room temp throughout the day? Or only recommended once a day in the morning? I made it just now with hot water and really enjoy the taste.

  • Ashley says:

    Just a suggestion/modification to make this a little more 'user-friendly' or to make big batches (or for those of us who may not want the actual pieces of ginger floating in the water – it's a texture thing) – you can always do an infused water. It may not give 100 percent of the benefits that this does, though I would imagine it would have to be close – and if nothing else it makes your water yummier so you're more inclined to drink it. You can simply slice your lemon and your ginger then either tie them in a piece of mesh or cheesecloth and drop them into the water or get an infuser pitcher (I got a plastic one at Target last summer for about $7).

    This works great for all kinds of flavors, too. One of my favorites that I kept my fridge stocked with last summer was Orange-Strawberry-Mint. Yummy!

  • Jill H-W says:

    I discovered this recipe (in a magazine) last summer. I made it in a large mason jar and took it to picnics, where I wanted something to drink but didn't want to drink soda or alcohol. (I kept it cold, rather than at room temperature.) I found it to be a nice alternative on a hot day. You can filter out the solids, although I like eating the ginger! BTW consider adding some of the lemon zest.

  • Kristen says:

    I came across this recipe today. I started on Monday just drinking iced lemon water. With fresh squeezed lemon slices. I haven't done any excising this week to go along with this. I have noticed that my stomach is slimming down. I have no ginger root here as I would love to try this recipe out. The only thing close to ginger that I have here is Ginger Powder used for baking. I do plan on adding exercising in with what I have been doing. I feel better and I have noticed I have been sleeping better at night as well. I have been drinking 1 24oz. a day sometimes two glasses.

    • SkinnyMs says:

      If you heat the water with the ginger powder and pour it over ice you can use it. That's great that about the lemon water.

  • pam says:

    i have fresh ground ginger its like a paste can i use that and if so how much?

  • Emma says:

    How many servings do each recipes make?

  • Rachael says:

    I dont know if I made it right, the color is very whitish, murkyish, and the taste is VERY subtle, like little to no lemon, and no ginger.

  • Lainie says:

    Do you have to peel the skin off of the ginger before grating it or is the skin supposed to stay on?

  • richelle says:

    can I use lime instead of lemon?

  • carla says:

    hi this my third day do i stop drinking…

    • SkinnyMs says:

      Carla, This drink is while you are doing one of our detoxes or following an eating plan. You can drink this for however long you would like a long with a healthy clean eating plan.

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  • Sue says:

    How long after drinking this should I wait before eating food?

  • Sheri says:

    If this should be drank at room temperature, is there any problem with preparing two days worth and leaving it out?

    • SkinnyMs says:

      Sheri, There should be no problem doing that for two days. Room temperature is good, but if you prefer you can have this hot as a tea or cold.

  • kai says:

    hi, i'd like to know for exactly how much is 1 12-ounce glass water? I'm sorry but I don't have a concept about 1 12 ounce..

  • Mari says:

    Can I boiled the water ginger and lemon together to make a tea?

    • SkinnyMs says:

      Mari, Yes, you certainly can. Boiling the ginger brings out a lot of spicy ginger flavor and makes the drink stronger. Be aware that the white pith in the lemon might create a bitter flavor when cooked, though. You may want to squeeze in the lemon at the end.

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