Easy Ginger Tea from Scratch

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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. 

  • Fresh ginger tea made from scratch is a whole lot better than ginger tea from a tea bag.
  • The secret to making fresh ginger tea quick and easy is by grating fresh ginger. With this trick, tea is steeped and ready to drink in just 5 minutes!
  • A little lemon (for vitamin C) and honey (to soothe the throat and to sweeten) makes it tasty.

Looking for more hot herbal tea recipes? Try Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea, Honey Citron Tea, and Hibiscus Tea.

Ginger tea ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

  • Fresh ginger
    Find ginger root in the produce section of your supermarket. Look for firm pieces that look plump and don’t get ones that look shriveled. You can break off as much as you need from a bigger piece when you buy.
  • Lemon
    Sliced lemons or lemon juice both work.
  • Honey
    Use any kind of honey you have available.
  • Filtered water
    Tea is mostly made of water so use better water.
Six photos showing step-by-step process to make ginger tea.

Steps to Make Ginger Tea

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to see the recipe.

  1. Boil water.
    Making tea is easier when you use an electric kettle with temperature setting to boil water.
  2. Peel and grate ginger.
    Grate ginger straight into the teapot.
  3. Slice half a lemon.
  4. Add lemon slices and honey into the teapot and steep.
    You can add the honey after the steep if you prefer.
  5. Strain solids and pour hot tea into a teacup.

Notes & 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, make the drink iced and top it with some sparkling water for a zingy and refreshing drink.
  • Add as much or little ginger as you like. 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.

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 without worrying about it keeping you up at night.

Can I grate ginger ahead of time?

You can grate ginger ahead of time and freeze it. Store it in a resealable 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?


Does honey lose its nutrients once its added to hot water?

There are claims that you destroy the good enzymes in honey if you add it to boiling hot water. If you’re worried about this, add the honey to your teacup after the tea has steeped and poured.

What should I look for when buying ginger root?

Avoid buying fresh ginger root that’s shriveled and dry. Look for plump and firmness. It’s sold by weight don’t be afraid to break off a piece of the freshest ginger root you see in the pile if it’s too big.

Ginger tea in a glass cup.

More Herbal Tea Recipes

Quick & Easy Ginger Tea from Scratch

Author: Jee Choe
A warming hot beverage made with ginger, lemon, and honey.
4.6 from 167 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.
  • Add honey.
    You can add the honey after the steep if you prefer.
  • Strain solids and pour hot tea into a teacup.


There are claims that you destroy the good enzymes in honey if you add it to boiling hot water. If you’re worried about this, add the honey to your teacup after the tea has been steeped and poured. 


Calories: 43 | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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54 thoughts on “Easy Ginger Tea from Scratch”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

    • 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. 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.

  4. 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.


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