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 from Scratch
Ginger tea made from scratch may seem daunting, but it’s actually super simple.
- Takes just 5 minutes to make.
- My secret to making ginger tea is to grate fresh ginger.
- 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.
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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?
Ginger Tea Tips
- 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, try it iced and top it with some sparkling water for a zingy and refreshing drink.
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What You’ll Need
- Fresh ginger
- Filtered water
- Teapot with strainer
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- Electric kettle with temperature setting
How to Make it
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.
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.
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.
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Quick & Easy Ginger Tea from Scratch
- 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.