Fresh Ginger Tea Made Easy

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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.

Ginger tea in a cup

Ginger Tea from Scratch

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

  • Takes just 5 minutes to make.
  • Fresh ginger tea made from scratch is a whole lot better than ginger tea from a tea bag.
  • A little lemon (for vitamin C) and honey (to soothe the throat and to sweeten) makes it tasty.

My Fresh Ginger Tea Secret

My secret to making ginger tea quick and easy is to grate fresh ginger.

By grating fresh ginger, tea is steeped and ready to drink in just 5 minutes!

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Fresh Ginger Tea Ingredients

How to Make Ginger Tea from Scratch

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 temperature setting to 208°F.

STEP 2: Peel and grate ginger.

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

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 and add it to the teapot. No need to take out the seeds since the teapot strainer will make sure the seeds don’t get into your tea.

Make sure you wash the lemon well before cutting into it since the rind will be going into the tea.

STEP 4: Pour boiling water into the teapot, cover, and steep for 5 minutes.

Covering the teapot is to make sure the water stays nice and hot during the steeping process.

STEP 5: Strain ginger tea solids and pour hot tea into a teacup.

STEP 6: Add honey.

Your hot ginger tea is ready to drink!


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


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?



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Quick & Easy Ginger Tea from Scratch

Author: Jee Choe
A warming hot beverage made with ginger, lemon, and honey.
4.6 from 158 votes
Prep Time 4 mins
Steep Time 5 mins
Total Time 9 mins
Course Drinks
Yield2 servings



  • 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.
  • Pour boiling water into the teapot, cover, and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain ginger tea solids and pour hot tea into a teacup.
  • Add honey.


Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword from scratch, ginger lemon honey tea, ginger lemon tea, ginger tea, ginger tea for cold
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47 thoughts on “Fresh Ginger Tea Made Easy”

  1. 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?

    • 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.

  2. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. I was going to ask if a French Press would work in the same way as the tea pot with strainer. But someone mentioned using the french press for a smaller batch of the tea. I am going to try it for sure!

  6. I grinded 1/2 ginger root to a fine consistency and 2 whole lemon slices, soak them in honey in a mason jar in the fridge. Hope that works too?

  7. Tried this recipe today. It was delicious! I used my french press. It was so simple to make. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  8. Hi what if I put to much Ginger a little more than a inch maybe around 4 inches would 2 more cups of with no Ginger just lemon juice take away anything


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