Ginger Root Tea

Ginger root tea in clear glasses with lime and honey

The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
42 Calories
0g Fat
11g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 42
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 55mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Treat yourself to a cup of piping hot ginger tea. When made with fresh ginger root, it will be far tastier than ginger tea brewed from a stale tea bag. Many people find that the best time to drink ginger tea is in the morning because it's an invigorating way to start the day.

Ginger tea is sometimes called ginger water. It is, quite simply, hot water infused with fresh ginger. It's a spicy drink that can be adjusted to taste by adding more ginger or letting it steep longer. This recipe brightens up the flavor with fresh lime juice and sweetens it with honey. It can be enjoyed either hot or cold, it's really easy to mix up a big batch to store in the fridge.


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"The fact that this tea was made using fresh ginger root made it incredibly appealing. I made a batch of tea in under 25 minutes, boiling the ginger for the full 20 minutes, and the flavor was great! It'll surely be my new beverage of choice when it gets colder out." —Victoria Heydt

Ginger root tea in a clear glass mug
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  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger root (about 2 inches)

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (juice of 1/2 lime), optional

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ginger root tea ingredients gathered

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  2. Prepare the fresh ginger by peeling it and slicing it thinly to maximize the surface area. This will help you make a very flavorful ginger tea.

    Ginger root sliced into coins on a marble background

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  3. In a 1 1/4-quart pot, add the water and ginger, and bring to a boil for at least 10 minutes. For a stronger and tangier tea, allow to boil for 20 minutes or more, and use more slices of ginger.

    Sliced ginger and water in a saucepan for tea

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  4. Remove it from the heat, strain, and add the lime juice and honey to taste. Enjoy your ginger tea.

    Ginger tea in glasses alongside saucepan, honey, and lime juice

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  • The secret to the perfect ginger tea is lots and lots of fresh ginger, simmered for a long time to bring out the flavor. You really can't overdo it, so feel free to add as much ginger as you want and keep it simmering for as long as you want.
  • The roots are typically about 1 inch in diameter, and a 2-inch section should yield about 2 tablespoons of sliced ginger. When measuring by weight, a 2-inch segment should be about 1/2 ounce.
  • If you have leftover ginger root, you can freeze it to use later.
  • For tea throughout the week, make a big batch by doubling or tripling the recipe. Store the tea in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Drink it cold or heat it up one cup at a time within a week for the freshest taste.
  • When storing ginger tea, you may notice some sediment form. It's common for particles from the strained ginger to settle, and it's safe to drink. To avoid it, strain the tea through one or two layers of cheesecloth.

Recipe Variations

  • Sweeten the tea with agave nectar rather than honey. You can also enjoy this tea unsweetened, depending on your health goals or personal taste.
  • Try this recipe with brown rice syrup or monk fruit as an alternative sweetener.
  • Switch from lime to lemon juice; fresh is best for either. Both citrus fruits are great flavor companions to ginger and give the tea a hint of vitamin C.

Does Ginger Need to Be Peeled Before Making Tea?

Peeling ginger root is not necessary and a matter of personal preference. Many people never peel the root, especially for a recipe like ginger tea when it's not consumed. Others prefer to peel older roots and leave the younger roots intact. If you choose to leave the peel, be sure to rinse and scrub the root thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris.

What Are the Health Benefits of Ginger Tea?

For many people, ginger tea is a favorite way to reap the benefits of ginger root. The spice has long played a role in traditional medicine, particularly as a digestive aid for things like upset stomach, nausea, and constipation relief. However, for some people, ginger can provoke gastrointestinal problems. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, and may offer relief from headaches, colds, and pain caused by inflammation. Researchers continue to look at its possible benefits for various diseases. While there are few side effects to drinking ginger tea, it's always a good idea to discuss it with your doctor.

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