Quick & 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.
Ginger Tea from Scratch
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).
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My Quick and Easy Secret
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.
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.
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Is There Caffeine in Ginger Tea?
There’s no caffeine at all in ginger tea. You can drink it all day and night.
It makes for a great hot drink before bed or an daily morning drink in the winter, especially if you feel a cold coming on.
Ginger Tea Tips
- You can grate ginger ahead of time and freeze it. Store it in a sealable plastic bag, flattening the grated ginger before you freeze it so it’s easy to snap off as much as you need.
- Instead of sliced lemons, you can also use the juice from half a lemon.
- In the summer, try it iced and top it with some sparkling water for a zingy and refreshing drink.
The Star of This Recipe:
What I Use to Make Ginger Lemon Honey Tea
How to Make Ginger Tea
STEP 1: Boil water.
Boil two cup of water. Use filtered water for the best quality ginger tea.
I like to set my electric kettle with a temperature setting to 208°F. If you’re boiling water on the stovetop, let the water get to a boil.
STEP 2: Peel and grate ginger.
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.
STEP 3: Slice half a lemon.
Thinly slice half a lemon. No need to take out the seeds since the teapot strainer will make sure the seeds don’t get into your tea. Add the lemon slices into the teapot.
Make sure you wash the lemon well before cutting into it since the rind will be going into the tea.
STEP 4: Add honey.
Into your teapot, add honey.
STEP 5: Pour boiling water into the teapot, cover, and steep for 5 minutes.
Add two cups of hot, boiling water into the teapot with the ginger, lemon, and honey.
5 minutes is all it takes!
Let it steep, let it steep, let it steep.
Covering the teapot is to make sure the water stays nice and hot during the steeping process.
STEP 6: Strain ginger tea solids and pour hot tea into a teacup.
- Boil water.
Use filtered water for the best quality ginger tea. I like to set my electric kettle with a temperature setting to 208°F. If you're boiling water on the stovetop, let the water get to a boil.
- Peel and grate ginger.
Peel one inch piece of fresh ginger root and grate into a teapot with a strainer or an infuser.
- Slice half a lemon.
Thinly slice half a lemon. No need to take out the seeds since the tea filter or infuser from the teapot will make sure the seeds don't get into your tea. Add the lemon slices into the teapot. Make sure to wash the lemon well since the rind will steep with the tea.
- Add honey.
- Pour boiling water into the teapot, cover, and steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain ginger tea solids and pour hot tea into a teacup.