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.

Make Ginger tea at home

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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Ginger tea ingredients

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Ginger tea from scratch

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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

How to Make Ginger Tea 

Peel an inch piece of a ginger root and grate it into a glass container with a strainer or a filter.

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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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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.

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Into your glass with the grated ginger, add the lemon slices and honey.

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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.

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Let it steep, let it steep, let it steep.

For five minutes.

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Holding onto the lid with the strainer, pour tea into a mug. 

Sip away!


Quick and Easy Ginger Tea from Scratch

Quick and Easy Ginger Tea from Scratch

Yield: Makes 1 serving

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


  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Peel one inch piece of fresh ginger root and grate into a glass container with a filter.
  2. Thinly slice lemon and add it to the container with the ginger.
  3. Add honey.
  4. Pour boiling hot water into the container and steep for five minutes.
  5. Strain and serve hot.

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  • Hackford
    6 months ago

    Hi can i use pre crushed ginger instead?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      6 months ago

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

    5 months ago

    This was perfect, thank you for sharing!

    • Savannah Jones
      3 months ago

      Always looking for teas made with herbs

    • 3 months ago

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

      • 4 weeks 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
        2 weeks ago

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

  • Curtis
    1 month 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
      1 month 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
    1 month ago

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

    • Oh, How Civilized
      1 month ago

      Hi Beth, glad you made it!

  • Pamela
    4 weeks ago

    Can you use powdered ginger?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      4 weeks ago

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

  • Sandy M
    2 weeks ago

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

    • Oh, How Civilized
      2 weeks ago

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

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