Fresh Ginger Tea

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Make soothing and flavorful fresh ginger tea in under 10 minutes. Enjoy the benefits of a warming and relaxing cup of ginger tea.

A small cup with fresh ginger tea and next to it halved lemon, ginger root, and some honey

This light and spicy fresh ginger tea is probably best known as a winter drink during cold and flu season. However, it is lovely at any time of the year and works as a morning pick-me-up or evening soother (it helps with digestion, too). It is incredibly simple to make using just a few cupboard essentials and ginger. Plus, there are many ways to boost the flavor and make this ginger tea recipe even more irresistible.

I love to make mine with added lemon every single time and a small drizzle of honey. Occasionally I then mix things up with some additional flavors like cinnamon or turmeric.

Watch how to make fresh ginger tea

Ingredients

Ingredients for fresh ginger tea
  • Ginger: Choose fresh, firm-to-the-touch ginger roots.
  • Lemon: Meyer lemons are usually the best as they are juicy and sweeter, but use whatever lemons you have. Adjust the amount to taste.
  • Honey: or another sweetener. This is optional, but since both ginger and lemon have strong flavors, I like to mellow them out with honey.
  • Water: Use tap or filtered water.

How to make ginger tea from fresh ginger

Clean and chop your fresh ginger into 1-2″ pieces. You can optionally peel the skin off using this method. Remove the lemon rind, as it will make the tea bitter. Then cut it into slices.

Add the water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Then add the ginger and lemon and stir. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for five minutes. You can leave it for slightly longer if you want even stronger tea (up to 10-12 minutes).

Strain the tea into mugs/teacups and add a drizzle of honey. Stir well, and enjoy your ginger tea from fresh ginger! Optionally, you can also add a thin slice (or two) of fresh lemon or orange to each cup.

Steps for making ginger tea

If you try this ginger tea recipe, let me know how it goes in the comments below. I’d appreciate a recipe card rating and would love to see your recipe recreations – tag me on Instagram @Alphafoodie!

Fresh Ginger Tea

5 from 50 votes
By: Samira
Make soothing and flavorful fresh ginger tea in under 10 minutes. Enjoy the benefits of a warming and relaxing cup of ginger tea.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 
 

  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 3.5 oz ginger fresh root, chopped, optionally peeled
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • honey or another natural sweetener (optional, to taste)

Instructions 

  • Clean and chop your fresh ginger into 1-2" pieces. Remove the rind of the lemon, then slice it.
  • In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the ginger and lemon to the saucepan and stir. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for five minutes. You can leave it for slightly longer if you want even stronger tea.
  • Strain the tea into mugs or teacups, and add a thin slice (or two) of fresh lemon to each cup and a drizzle of honey. Stir well, and enjoy!

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Notes

For a more robust flavor: you can use crushed or grated ginger. You can keep ready-grated ginger in the freezer to simply pop out as and when needed, so you don’t have to do that step each time.
Make a large batch: To enjoy it over a few days, make a large batch in one go, let it cool completely, and transfer it to an airtight container in the fridge. You can drink it cold or heat a portion as needed.
For tea throughout the day, I’ll often use a larger knob of ginger and simply refill the water in the pan every time it runs out until I need new ginger to get more flavor again.
Flavoring options: Add a slice of dehydrated mango or apple or a pinch of herbs or spices (like cardamom, mint, cinnamon, turmeric, etc).
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian
Shelf life: 3 Days

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving, Calories: 28kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 19mg, Potassium: 140mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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44 Comments

  1. Brad says:

    5 stars
    I love ginger tea!

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment!

  2. Parsa Babadi says:

    5 stars
    Your English is very Persian.
    Thanks for the article!

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment, Parsa 🙂

  3. Mathew says:

    Drinking ginger tea on daily basis is really good and safe, as they help the digestive system and prevent indigestion.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment, Mathew 🙂

  4. Alexander says:

    Why did you not peel the skin? Don’t organics have more pesticides to make up for the lack of genetic resillience?

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Alexander,
      I don’t peel organic ginger because it’s free from pesticides. The use of pesticides and man-made fertilizers is not allowed for organic produce.
      Of course, if it’s an older piece of ginger and the skin is thicker, I would peel it.
      I hope this helps.

  5. srinivas22 says:

    Thanks for sharing this useful information regards.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment.

  6. Ella Nelson says:

    5 stars
    I haven’t tried this at all but the tips given here I think this recipe is a go

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thanks, Ella. I hope you give it a try 🙂

      1. Bisola says:

        Please how can I make ginger tea powder ,I was instructed to make it for my project

      2. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Hi Bisola,
        You will make it the same way, you will just add the ginger powder instead of fresh ginger and strain once you’re done steeping it.

  7. Frances says:

    Hi thanks for the recipe.
    I only have powdered ginger… Do you think powdered ginger has the same health benefits as fresh ginger?

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Frances,
      Fresh ginger is always better, its nutrient profile undergoes some changes during the drying process. But powdered ginger still offers lots of health benefits and is still worth adding to your diet. I hope this helps. 🙂

  8. Shiuny says:

    5 stars
    I usually boil ginger & lemon together & then add turmeric powder, little pepper powder & ginseng infused honey. Sometimes I add few strands of saffron too.
    Thank u for this very detailed post. Great work.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment, Shiuny. These are great tips 🙂

      1. Princess Jay says:

        Thank you
        Can’t wait to try the ginger tea its really my first time and I hope it turns out well because I never tried making ginger tea before

      2. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Thank you for your comment! I hope you gave the recipe a try.