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Who’s ready for a little energizer today?!

Golden Glow Water | @hbharvest

Normally I’m not big on fancy waters and “detox” style drinks. I pretty much stick with water (regular and sparkling) and kombucha, those are my favorites. BUT over the holidays my brother Red kept asking me to make him a drink with cayenne. I didn’t know it, but the kid loves lemon and cayenne water. It’s super odd since he’s kind of a picky eater and doesn’t normally go for  the “health” foods. I wasn’t about to deny him his cayenne water, so I mixed up a little mix and it ended up being so delicious. I was shocked when he actually drank the entire glass. Kid never finishes anything, but he drank all of this!

I will not lie, I am not really a fan of cayenne in my water, but this drink is just SO good. The sparkles really help, especially for me since I am a sucker for anything super carbonated. The drink turned out so good that I decided to do a little research about all the benefits of everything I added and share the recipe with you guys as a part all the “Healthy January” recipes!

Golden Glow Water | @hbharvest

Golden Glow Water | @hbharvest

Here’s the deal, everything about this little drink is going to make you feel amazing. It’s loaded with nutrient after nutrient and it’s perfect for doing a little holiday cleansing, which I feel like a lot of us maybe need right about now…

Let’s run through everything…

…ginger – helps with digestion and nausea.

turmeric – major cancer fighter along with loads of other benefits. Studies have shown curcumin, one of turmeric’s healing compounds, to be a better anti-inflammatory choice than aspirin or ibuprofen. Curcumin also dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body, AND…it can be used as an anti-depressant.

…cayenne – helps to fight off colds, rev the metabolism, and is also a cancer fighter.

…honey – helps prevent cancer and heart disease, among other things.

…molasses – high in vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.

…lemon – rich in vitamin C and helpful in cleansing your bowels.

SEEE!!! So much goodness all in one drink, and I swear, even though it sounds odd, this golden glow water is actually so so good. I’ve been mixing this up and topping it with some ginger kombucha and I honestly look forward to it every single morning. It leaves my stomach feeling awesome and provides me with energy for the day. I haven’t had a cup of coffee in over two weeks because this drink is honestly all I need to start my day.

I am obsessed, and so is my family. We’ve been mixing this water up non-stop for the last two weeks and no one is sick of it.

Golden Glow Water | @hbharvest

Golden Glow Water | @hbharvest

So what do you guys think, can you give it a try? Are you into it? Like I said, at first I was so skeptical. Nothing about this combo sounded good to me, but then I tried it, and man, I am in love. My favorite way to drink this is topped with kombucha, but sparking water works equally great and is a little less pricy.

I feel like if my 16-year old brother can be into this, you guys can too! Speaking of Red, in other food news, in the last year with all of his travels, he has really gotten into sushi. He has been begging me to make him some for the last two weeks. Since he is leaving today for another long trip (and when he returns he’s directly off to X-Games) I finally gave in and made him some homemade sushi before he left. I was scared to roll my own sushi, like so scared, but guys it’s probably easier than rolling up a burrito, seriously. I didn’t have one bad roll, and I didn’t even use one of those fancy sushi mats. I think I made about thirty to forty rolls (my parents still had a ton of people in their house, but pretty much everyone is leaving today). I am now thinking that maybe I need to make the sushi as a blog recipe. Would you guys be into homemade sushi? You would right?!

Maybe sushi with your glow water? Ahh, on second thought I dunno about that, the glow water is more something you drink on your own.

ANYWAY, returning to the glow water, I’m hoping this post inspires you to mix one up today. It’s so easy and will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the week. Honestly, you’ve got to try it!

Like now. K? cool!

Golden Glow Water | @hbharvest

Golden Glow Water.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories Per Serving: 54 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • In a glass jar, combine the water, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, honey, molasses, and lemon juice. Shake well to combine. Chill until ready to drink. Shake before serving.
  • Add ice to 2 glasses, pour over the water and top with sparkling water. Drink. Garnish with citrus slices and fresh mint.
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Golden Glow Water | @hbharvest

ps. Lyns likes to add a little tequila to hers at night… 🙂

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  1. 5 stars
    Surprisingly yummy and very easy to make! I added ginger beer instead of sparkling water for a little extra sweetness and it was great!

    1. Hi Robyn,
      Happy Monday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and I appreciate you making it! xT

    1. Thanks Amy!! Blackstrap might be a little strong, if you can just get a regular, mild molasses that is great! I hope you love this recipe! xx

    1. Hey Bob,
      Thanks for your feedback! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for trying it out! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jessica,
      So sorry I do not have a link for these, they are old from Anthropologie. Let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kay! Drinking anytime is totally fine! 🙂 Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  2. I saw this featured in MyDomaine. In their article, it said that the “calorie-burning effects of cayenne diminishes over time”. I want to try this recipe, but I want it to be effective for me. How long can I drink this before the effects of the cayenne start to diminish? I like drinking home made turmeric tea with lemon and honey, hot or cold.

    1. Hi there! I am not a nutritionist, so I don’t feel comfortable advising you and honestly I am not really sure. So sorry I could not help you more! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  3. Do you have any thoughts about trying this with fresh ginger and turmeric? One of the vendors at the winter market in Chicago had both and I couldn’t help myself, but now am fighting with the internet to give me some good ideas for using them. Fresh ginger might be my favorite thing and I don’t struggle using it but the turmeric is mostly new to me, fresh anyway.

    1. HI! You can use both fresh ginger and turmeric. Just use about 1-2 teaspoons (grated) of each, start with 1, taste and add more to your taste. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  4. This was a little on the spicy side for me, but I have to say, it was pretty good! I added some blood orange juice/ slices and it was so pretty. I loved the color! I’ve been feeling under the weather and this looked like a good immune booster. Thanks for this recipe!

  5. Yum! This looks amazing. I pretty much love all things with a splash of sparkling water! 😀 And those glasses are freaking adorable!!

  6. Hey Tieghan, how important is the sparkling water or kombucha? I don’t normally have either in the house. Would it change the experience much to use non-sparkling filtered water? Thanks!

    1. HI! It’s not too important, I just like the carbonation they give. I think you can omit it and use water. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love this!

  7. We’re on day 4 of drinking these in the morning – hooked. Such a good boost, and makes my husband and I both feel energized enough to chase our toddler all morning. Super recipe! Thanks.