Quick and Easy Ginger Tea from Scratch
An easy way to make ginger tea with lemon and honey to warm up during the chillier months. Give your immune system a boost with this infusion.
When I’m feeling tired or cold, a cup of hot ginger tea gives me a nice healthy little boost and warms me right up.
This goes without saying but ginger tea made from scratch using fresh ginger is WAY WAY better than ginger tea from a tea bag. WAY.
Since ginger alone doesn’t make for a tasty tea, I added a little lemon (for Vitamin C) and honey (to soothe the throat and to sweeten).
What makes my recipe quick and easy is that I grate the fresh ginger instead of slicing it. This makes the tea super quick to brew. Instead of cooking the ginger in boiling water for 10-30 minutes like most other recipes, my version takes just 5 minutes.
Since there’s no caffeine in this drink, ginger tea makes for a great hot drink before bed or an daily morning drink in the winter.
In the summer, try it iced or with sparkling water for a zingy and refreshing drink.
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What I Used to Make This Ginger Lemon Honey Tea
Fresh Ginger for Tea
A lot of ginger tea recipes use sliced ginger that they want you to brew in boiling water for a heck of a long time to release all the ginger goodness into the water.
My recipe uses grated ginger so it incorporates into the water immediately.
Both ways work great, but since I’m impatient I prefer the grating method.
It takes about the same amount of time to grate the ginger as it does slicing it.
What’s so great about ginger?
It’s supposed to be great for upset stomachs, have anti-inflammatory effects, and can be used to help with everything from morning acid reflux to high cholesterol.
Hmm. This seems like a mighty feat for such a little herb. I would advise caution in looking to ginger to solve all your health problems.
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How to Make Ginger Tea
For two cups of water, I’m using an inch of ginger root. I like the flavor to be strong but if you want a milder taste, use less ginger root.
Next, take half a lemon and thinly slice. No need to take out the seeds since the tea filter will make sure the seeds don’t get into your tea.
Make sure you wash the lemon before cutting into it since the rind will be going into the tea as well.
Into your glass with the grated ginger, add the lemon slices and honey.
Add two cups of hot, boiling water.
I like to set my electric kettle to 210°F. If you’re boiling water on the stovetop, let the water get to a full rolling boil.
Let it steep, let it steep, let it steep.
For five minutes.
Holding onto the lid with the strainer, pour tea into a mug.