This came up in another thread and recommended to post here. I love love love spicy drinks - the more my Ginger Ale makes my eyes water on that last sip, the better. For health issues, I try to incorporate Turmeric into my diet, so here is a yummy drink I've been making. I vary the amounts of turmeric and ginger to taste, but the basic process is outlined in this recipe below. In warmer months, you can drink it hot. I personally prefer it cold over ice. Flavors will increase after letting it sit for a couple of days in fridge.
4 cups water
1 teaspoon turmeric powder (or a 3-inch strip fresh turmeric root, peeled)
1 teaspoon ginger powder (or a 4-inch strip fresh ginger root, peeled)
Put water into a small pot and bring to a boil on the stove. Make sure that the water has come to a full boil. Add turmeric and ginger to the boiling water and reduce to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. This will extract the beneficial compounds from the turmeric and ginger. Remove the pot from the stove. Strain the tea into a cup through a fine-mesh strainer to filter out the particles of turmeric and ginger. Add sweetener and lemon to taste.
Another great lemonade:
2-3 cups of fresh blueberries
Handful of mint
2 handfuls of fresh basil
Blend all but the lime in a blender. Add 2 parts water in a pitcher. Squeeze limes into mix. And voila, a refreshing blueberry basil lemonade with a little bit of a fresh mint kick! This can be just a tad sour, depending on your blueberries, so you might want to vary how strong/weak you make it with the water, or even add a drop or two of liquid sweetener.