Spa Recipe: Ginger Elixir from Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California

Jumpstart the digestive system with this refreshing concoction!

Omni La Costa

Used in cooking and medicine for centuries, ginger is still as popular as ever, both as a flavoring in cuisine—yes, gingerbread men do count!—and as a panacea, its medicinal properties touted as a remedy for everything from nausea to joint inflammation.

Not surprisingly, ginger root is the star ingredient in this easy-to-prepare Ginger Elixir served at the café at the 43,000-square-foot Spa at Omni La Costa, part of the recently renovated Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California.

In keeping with its Southern Californian location, the Spa Café offers a variety of healthy cuisine, juices and smoothies, with menu items showcasing herbs from the on-site garden. And though guests can also choose wines and champagne from the beverage list, this alcohol-free alternative is recommended for those with a sluggish digestive system.

Indeed, Marc Therrien, executive chef at the Spa Café, suggests sipping the elixir prior to a meal because the freshly pressed ginger revs up the digestive system and helps the body break down food more easily. “Plus, I find it very refreshing and a good palate cleanser,” he says. “It also provides a little natural boost, as an alternative to a mid-afternoon second cup of coffee.”

Or maybe we could consider it our “ayurvedic cocktail” come Happy Hour. We’ll drink to that!

Ginger Elixir

Serves 2

1 cup ginger juice*
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup water
¼ cup honey
Blend all ingredients well and serve.
* Cut a piece of fresh ginger into 1-inch pieces. Place in a food processor. Pulse-chop then increase speed until puréed. Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer to get the juice.