Quick & Easy Ginger Tea from Scratch

An easy way to make ginger tea with lemon and honey to warm up during the chillier months. See how quickly this hot herbal drink comes together using a couple of shortcuts.

Make Ginger tea at home

Ginger Tea from Scratch

Ginger tea made from scratch may seem daunting, but it’s actually super simple. 

Instead of cooking sliced ginger in boiling water for 10-30 minutes like most other recipes, my version takes just 5 minutes and is just as potent.

  • My secret to making ginger tea quick and easy is to grate fresh ginger.
  • Ginger tea made from scratch using fresh ginger is WAY WAY better than ginger tea from a tea bag. WAY.
  • A little lemon (for Vitamin C) and honey (to soothe the throat and to sweeten) make it tasty.

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Ginger tea from scratch

Questions You May Have

Is there caffeine in this drink?
There’s no caffeine at all in ginger tea. You can drink it all day and night.

Can I grate ginger ahead of time?
You can grate ginger ahead of time and freeze it. Store it in a sealable plastic bag, flattening it before freezing. When you need some grated ginger, snap off a piece.

Can I eat the ginger pulp instead of straining it out?
Yes!

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Ginger Tea Tips

  • Instead of sliced lemons, you can also use the juice from half a lemon. 
  • If lemon is too acidic, try Meyer lemon which are sweeter and less acidic than regular lemons.
  • In the summer, try it iced and top it with some sparkling water for a zingy and refreshing drink.

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Ginger tea ingredients

What You’ll Need

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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.

While you’re waiting for the water to boil, peel an inch piece of a ginger root and grate it into a teapot with a strainer or an infuser.

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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.

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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.

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STEP 4: Add honey.

Into your teapot, add honey.

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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!

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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.

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STEP 6: Strain ginger tea solids and pour hot tea into a teacup.

Sip away!

 
Quick & Easy Ginger Tea from Scratch

Quick & Easy Ginger Tea from Scratch

Yield: Makes 2 servings

A warming hot beverage made with ginger, lemon, and honey.

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Peel and grate ginger.
    Peel one inch piece of fresh ginger root and grate into a teapot with a strainer or an infuser.
  3. 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.
  4. Add honey.
  5. Pour boiling water into the teapot, cover, and steep for 5 minutes.
  6. Strain ginger tea solids and pour hot tea into a teacup.

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35 Comments

  • Hackford
    11 months ago

    Hi can i use pre crushed ginger instead?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      11 months ago

      It won’t be as potent as freshly grated ginger but if it’s all you have on hand, go for it!

  • TAMPAPA
    10 months ago

    This was perfect, thank you for sharing!

    • Savannah Jones
      7 months ago

      Always looking for teas made with herbs

    • 7 months ago

      Thanks for the info on the recipe for ginger honey tea!!! I really appreciate it very much!!!

      • 5 months ago

        Would placing small slices in juicer be more effective than grating? I could just pour juice in boiling hot water and add lemon and honey? Agree or not?

        • Oh, How Civilized
          5 months ago

          Hi Michael, you can certainly juice the ginger and add the ginger juice into hot water.

  • Curtis
    6 months ago

    I’ve read in many places that it’s unhealthy to add boiling water to honey, but in your recipe you suggest to do this. Would it be better to add the honey to the filtered tea once it’s cooled down a bit?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      6 months ago

      Hi Curtis, I haven’t heard of this, but yes, add the honey after the steep if you want to avoid adding honey to boiling water.

  • Beth
    6 months ago

    Thanks for this simple, beautiful, quick suggestion for tea. I needed it tonight! Delicious!

    • Oh, How Civilized
      6 months ago

      Hi Beth, glad you made it!

  • Pamela
    5 months ago

    Can you use powdered ginger?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      5 months ago

      Hi Pamela, you can use powered ginger but it won’t be as potent.

  • Sandy M
    5 months ago

    Is it okay to leave the ginger in and nibble on it as one drinks the tea?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      5 months ago

      Hi Sandy, actually nibbling on the ginger would be even better!

  • Lazlita Toth
    4 months ago

    Grating ginger for a fast brew – brilliant! Thanks!
    FYI, I took it another step to be even faster…

    Grating takes what ever time it takes. But rather that grate the ginger each time, I now grate a bunch – usually the whole root, and freeze. I put a healthy tablespoon in each cube of an ice cube tray, fill each gently with water, and freeze.

    Once they are frozen, I take them out of the tray and store in a freezer-proof canning jar in the freezer. Yes, all this takes a little time, but after that…

    When I want a cup of tea, I just take out a cube, put it in a tea ball in my cup, pour in boiling water, and let it steep just as you would any other kind of tea. (I have a big tea ball – I’m not sure if the ice/ginger cube would fit in a small tea ball.) Two ice/ginger cubes in a french press work just as well if I’m making a couple cups.

    It’s a little more work up front for many super fast cups of ginger tea later.

  • Linda
    3 months ago

    Where did you get your cup and strainer? It looks so pretty!

    • Oh, How Civilized
      3 months ago

      Hi Linda, the cup is from CB2 and the glass teapot and strainer is from Amazon — you’ll see it linked in the post!

  • Amanda
    2 months ago

    Can you make this and refrigerate to drink cold as well?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      2 months ago

      Hi Amanda, yes!

  • Bright
    2 months ago

    What quantity should be taken per day

    • Oh, How Civilized
      2 months ago

      Hi Bright, I drink a cup or two a day when I’m feeling sick otherwise a cup of day should be fine.

  • Ann
    1 month ago

    Can I put Juice of half a lemon grated ginger and honey in a cup with boiling water and drink it

    • Oh, How Civilized
      1 month ago

      Hi Ann, yes!

  • Jan
    4 weeks ago

    Lovely drink, when it’s cold can I heat it up later

    • Oh, How Civilized
      3 weeks ago

      Hi Jan, yup, you can.

  • 2 weeks ago

    what can i do with the strained ginger and lemon slices. there has to be use for it, i’d feel bad throwing it away!

    • Oh, How Civilized
      1 week ago

      Hi Arias, you can leave the ginger in the drink instead of straining it out.

  • Esther
    2 weeks ago

    Great Recipe. The only thing I wouldn’t do is put the honey straight with the boiling water as it will kill all the benefits that comes with the honey.

  • angie
    1 week ago

    Hi can you eat the grated ginger instead of straining it.?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      1 week ago

      Hi Angie, yes!

  • Cat
    4 days ago

    I would think very thin slices should be the same, if I don’t have a grater? As long as there’s more exposed surface area of the ginger exposed to the hot water to steep?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      1 day ago

      Hi Cat, yes, very thin slices should work well too!

      • Leah Allen
        14 hours ago

        I accidentally left my ginger water out overnight after leaving it too cool- is it still good?

        • Oh, How Civilized
          1 min ago

          Hi Leah, I wouldn’t drink it. I don’t like to eat or drink anything that’s been left out for more than 2 hours.

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