Ginger Root Tea

Homemade ginger tea recipe

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
304 Calories
2g Fat
72g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 304
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 44mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Protein 6g
Calcium 82mg 6%
*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 teabag. This is a healthy drink that's great for digestion, and it has a reputation for being soothing and healing. 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, and you can make a big batch to store in the fridge.

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons ginger root (fresh, raw; about 2 inches of ginger root)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey (to taste)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (juice of 1/2 lime)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for ginger tea
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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.

    Prepare the ginger
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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.

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

    Remove ginger from heat
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Tips

  • The secret to the perfect healing 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 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 alternative sweeteners.
  • 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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