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This immune booster shot recipe has everything you need to support that immune system! With everything from garlic, ginger, lemon, and orange juice, to apple cider vinegar, honey, and turmeric, it’s jam-packed with immune boosting, good-for-you ingredients.

An immunity booster shot in front of the ingredients

Why This Recipe Is So Good!

  • It’s packed full of good-for-you ingredients that have been shown to provide a variety of health benefits. Am I claiming it’s a miracle cure for whatever ails you? Of course not! But there is some research and logic behind this combo of spices and liquids.
  • Ever had fire cider? Well, this immunity shot is like that… only it’s way easier to drink. No onions, no horseradish, and you don’t have to soak the ingredients in ACV for days or weeks ahead of time. Honestly, this one is really pretty tasty!
  • Other than the orange and the lemon, you can keep all the ingredients for an immune booster shot on hand in your pantry or fridge, meaning you’re well prepared whenever you start to sniffle or feel that tingle in the back of your throat. Even if you don’t have the ingredients handy, though, you shouldn’t have to go out of your way to track anything down. Everything is most likely available at your local grocery store!

What’s In an Immune System Booster?

Don’t let the ingredients scare you away. I promise, this elixir is ridiculously delicious! Naturally sweet with a little zing for an at-home remedy that you’ll actually look forward to drinking.

Chef’s Tips

  • Make sure all of your ingredients are fresh, especially the spices! Avoid bottled orange juices, since they’re highly processed and full of added ingredients. Use raw ACV rather than filtered, and fresh garlic and ginger rather than jarred, dried, or paste.
  • Let the garlic rest a little. Cutting garlic cloves releases enzymes that form antioxidants and healthy compounds like allicin. Just cutting it isn’t enough, though – those enzymes need to react to oxygen in order to form those compounds, and the longer you can let the cut garlic sit and oxidize, the stronger those compounds will be. That’s true whether you’re making an immune system booster or just cooking dinner as usual, so let your garlic rest for extra benefits each and every time you use it!

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?

Technically, yes! The ingredients are most potent when they’re fresh, so it’s best to consume the mixture immediately for maximum immune boosting benefits. That being said, you can make it ahead of time if you need to. Simply prepare the mixture exactly as written, then refrigerate it in an airtight container until you’re ready to drink it. Consume the refrigerated immunity shot within 2 days of preparing it!

Does This Immunity Shot Really Work?

Look, I’m not a doctor, and I don’t pretend to play one on the internet. I won’t make you any promises that this immune booster shot will rid you of a fever or eliminate your sinus issues or anything like that.

What I can tell you, though, is this: whenever I start to feel like I’m coming down with that infamous crud, I down one of these bad boys and get a little rest. Sure enough, every time I’ve done it, I’ve never gotten fully sick. When I haven’t done it? UGH. So, I’ll let you decide for yourself if it “works” for you or not. For me, I figure there’s no harm in consuming any of the ingredients (for me personally at least), so why not take all the precautions I can?

Please note that we are not medical professionals, and the information contained on this blog should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or illness. Please consult with a qualified healthcare professional before acting on any information presented here.

An immunity boosting drink in a glass bottle

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
4.99 from 93 votes

Immune Booster Shot Recipe (Maximum Strength!)

Prep 15 minutes
Cook 0 minutes
Total 15 minutes
Made with all natural ingredients, this immune booster shot has everything you need to stave off sickness this cold & flu season.
1 6-ounce booster shot


  • garlic press or sharp knife; press preferred
  • Small bowl
  • juicer optional
  • glass or cup
  • whisk
  • cheese grate


  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2-3 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 4-5 tablespoons freshly-squeezed orange juice juice of 1 medium navel orange
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar see Notes
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger


  • Press garlic cloves through garlic press and into small bowl. Set aside 10 minutes (see Notes). Alternately, finely mince and mash garlic cloves with knife, then set aside.
  • Once garlic has rested close to 10 minutes, add 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon hot water, and ¼ teaspoon turmeric to glass or cup. Whisk until ingredients are fully combined.
  • Add fresh lemon juice, fresh orange juice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, sea salt, and black pepper to glass with honey. Whisk until ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Add apple cider vinegar, ginger, and garlic to glass. Whisk until ingredients are fully incorporated. Consume mixture immediately for maximum benefits.


  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Use a raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar that includes the mother. Pasteurized apple cider vinegar won’t have the same health benefits since it doesn’t contain the mother.
  • Garlic:  Pressed or crushed garlic releases enzymes that react with oxygen, triggering the formation of healthy compounds. The longer it sits in open air, the more time the enzymes have to form these compounds. Before making your immune booster shot, let the cut garlic oxidize 10-15 minutes, for maximum health benefits.
  • Make Ahead: For maximum benefits, this booster shot should be consumed immediately after making. It can be made ahead of time, though, if needed. Simply prepare the mixture as written, then refrigerate it in an airtight container. Consume within 2 days of making.
Recipe yields 1 booster shot which is approximately 6 ounces.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1 6-ounce booster shotCalories: 127calProtein: 1gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 43mgPotassium: 280mgTotal Carbs: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gNet Carbs: 32gVitamin A: 218IUVitamin C: 62mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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  1. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! My teenage son and I made it tonight for the 1st time and are making it a part of our immune boosting regimen – never a more important time then now ♥️5 stars

  2. I found this recipe mid way through 2020 and I absolutely swear by it! It is magic! Anytime I feel a sore throat coming on or any cold/flu symptoms I make this drink two nights in a row and by the second day I am back to feeling my healthy self. My family begs me to make this for them anytime they start to feel sick because it has worked just as well for them too!

    1. This is so wonderful, Riley! Thank you for sharing. We’re thrilled this Immune Booster Shot recipe is keeping you and your family feeling healthy. 🙂5 stars

  3. I’ve been sneezing ALLA DAY with a runny nose, then I made this recipe for dinner. Super yummy, beautiful ingredients and easy to make! I’d like to add for anyone trying this recipe that I ate a fresh raspberry after every sip and that took the edge off for sure! Thank you for this recipe! I’ll use it when I need to!5 stars

  4. Never knew consuming some ingredients in this form will boost immunity! I definitely needed this for my immune system. Thanks, Cheryl!

  5. Wow, yum!! I left out the garlic for my autoimmune disorder, but used all other ingredients. This is a delicious concoction.5 stars

  6. I don’t put my garlic through a press, I don’t own one. But I do use my grater and it works very well.
    Your recipe doesn’t mention how often to drink one. I assume you really don’t need it everyday?
    Also, can I substitute good, natural orange juice in place of using a navel orange?
    Would it make it to sweet? If I cut down, or eliminate the honey I’m losing those benefits….but I don’t want it to be to sweet either…….4 stars

    1. Try a few different amounts the first week or so and see what works best for your tastebuds! Orange juice would work in a pinch for the same acidity and brightness. I’d say 3-4 times a week is plenty for this but it wouldn’t HURT to drink it daily if you love it and want to add it to your morning routine.

  7. Hello! If you don’t mind me asking, why the salt? Any health benefit? Can I leave it out? Thank you

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