How to Make Homemade Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea
The Spruce
  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings of ginger tea
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Wondering how to make a simple and easy homemade ginger tea? Why go out and buy stale old tea bags when you can easily make your own fresh and homemade ginger tea at home using fresh ginger? Treat yourself to a cup of piping hot ginger tea, a healthy drink that's great for digestion. 

Here's how to make the tastiest and most soothing and healing ginger tea you've ever had! There's really no comparison.

This healing ginger tea recipe actually comes from the raw food and natural health retreat center I used to work at in Thailand, where we served it to our guests bright and early every single morning, seven days a week. The secret to the perfect healing ginger tea? Lots and lots of fresh ginger, simmered for a long time to bring out the flavor, and the lime, which compliments the ginger perfectly, and plenty of natural agave nectar or honey for a refined sugar-free sweetener (or you might prefer it unsweetened, depending on your health goals - It's still delicious, I promise!). Try this simple ginger tea for an immune system boost or for an invigorating way to start the morning.

What You'll Need

  • About 2 inches of fresh raw ginger (use more or less, depending on how strong you want it!)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar, to taste)
  • Optional: 1/2 lime (juiced, or to taste)

How to Make It

  1. First, 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.
  2. Boil the ginger in water 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. You really can't over do it, so feel free to add as much ginger and simmer it for as long as you want.
  1. Remove from heat and add lime juice and honey (or agave nectar) to taste.
  2. The secret to making a really flavorful ginger tea is to use plenty of ginger-more than you think you will need-and also to add a bit of lime juice and honey to your ginger tea. You will also probably want to add more honey than you think you will need as well.

Enjoy your hot ginger tea! A homemade ginger tea is excellent in soothing stomach aches and in aiding digestion.

Recipe tip: You might also like to try this recipe with brown rice syrup as an alternative sweetener. 

Like cooking at home with fresh ginger or have some leftover from making this recipe? Try this vegetable stir-fry with a light lemon and ginger sauce, this healthy homemade carrot and ginger soup topped with fresh cilantro, or for something completely different, try a sweet and spicy cold mango soup.  

See also: Shopping for agave nectar

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 304
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 44 mg
Carbohydrates 72 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Protein 6 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)