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. Linda says:

    5 stars
    I just recovered from an abscessed tooth, but the antibiotic I took really messed up my “system” This wonderful ginger tea recipe you posted has made me feel so much better. Thank You!!

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Linda! Glad you tried and enjoyed this recipe.

      1. Ainee Malli Sabdani says:

        This is useful information about Ginger tea….and it can help me a lot…. especially this pandemic it can help for our healthy boost…Thank you..
        From Philippines….

      2. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Thank you for your comment, Ainee!

  2. Maggie says:

    Before reading your article I peeled and sliced fresh ginger root into a mason jar and poured boiling water over the ginger until the jar was filled. I’m letting it seep now. Will this work as well as your recipe?
    Thank you.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Maggie,
      Simmering the ginger allows for a stronger tea, with a more pronounced ginger flavor. Steeping the ginger in hot water works just as well, but the difference would be in the taste.

  3. Erin says:

    5 stars
    Good details.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment, Erin.

  4. Alejandro says:

    5 stars
    Incredible points. Sound arguments. Keep up the amazing effort.

    1. Samira @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thanks very much, glad you liked this article!

  5. FABI Clausen says:

    5 stars
    Simply and delicious recipe

    1. Samira @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thanks so much Fabi, glad you liked it 🙂

  6. Lori says:

    5 stars
    I have tried everything to get rid of the cough so I hope it works!!

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment, Lori. Glad you are giving this recipe a try.

  7. SHANTA MATHAI says:

    I was surprised to see you discarding the lemon zest. The zest has all the goodness of the lemon!

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment, Shanta. You’re welcome to add lemon zest if you prefer. 🙂

  8. Mike says:

    5 stars
    Great post! worth to read, Thanks for sharing with us.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Mike,
      Thank you so much for your comment. 🙂

  9. Millie says:

    5 stars
    I am so glad I found your posting. Is ginger tea is wonderful!
    Thank you!
    Millie

    1. Samira @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thanks very much Millie, so glad you liked it 🙂

    2. MistysMom says:

      5 stars
      Great recipe. This will be a regular healthful drink in my kitchen.

      1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Thank you so much for your comment!

  10. Rachel AlYami says:

    5 stars
    Loved this! Also where do you buy most of your kitchen ware accessories? It’s the cutest!

    1. Samira says:

      Thank you so much, Rachel 🙂 I often buy cute pieces from different antique markets or charity shops. And occasionally something that I like online.