Ginger lemon and honey tea is a sweet and tangy infusion designed to soothe your throat and calm a cold. This hot drink is warm, flavorful and full of antioxidants. Learn how to make ginger root tea that will help boost your immune system.
Whenever I have a sore throat or cold, this is my "go-to" tea. It's warm and comforting on a cold winter day but also full of antioxidants. I keep a few cups of this delicious tea in my refrigerator in the summer and drink it cold too. It's very refreshing!
Ingredients in Ginger Lemon Honey Tea
- Fresh Ginger – Use whole fresh ginger root rather than the paste. This key ingredient in the honey lemon ginger tea can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 months or wrapped and frozen for 6 months, so you can always have some on hand.
- Water – Use filtered or bottled water so you remove any impurities.
- Lemon – Fresh lemon juice will yield the most flavor and health benefits.
- Honey – Local raw honey is always delicious but use your favorite. You can also substitute real maple syrup or another honey alternative.
- Aromatics – You can optionally add other citrus fruits like thin slices of oranges or sliced limes, a cinnamon stick, or fresh mint leaves to add more flavor and goodness to this ginger tea recipe. If you like an extra spicy drink, you can add a dash of cayenne pepper.
How To Make Ginger Root Tea
- Slice the ginger root and add the sliced ginger to the cold water. Bring to a boil on high heat.
- Steep the ginger for 5 minutes in the hot water then strain the liquid into mugs.
- Stir in honey and add lemon slices.
Tips for Making Ginger Tea
- Fresh ginger and fresh lemon will offer the most health benefits and give you the most flavorful soothing tea.
- Choose organic lemon, ginger and honey when possible.
- There is no need to peel the ginger.
- Use filtered water rather than tap water.
- Leftover tea can be stored in a mason jar in the fridge. Ginger honey tea also tastes great cold.
- Add more ginger if you like a spicier tea.
Benefits of Ginger Lemon and Honey Tea
Besides the fact that it tastes great, ginger lemon and honey tea is great for you. There are many health benefits of ginger, but these are our favorites:
- Digestion - Both ginger and lemon can aid in digestion, can an upset stpmach and can also help with constipation problems. It also helps pregnant women with morning sickness.
- Sinus Congestion – This tea might ease some of the symptoms caused by sinus congestion including headache, stuffy nose and sore throat. It might also thin out mucus from colds.
- Inflammation – Ginger root tea can lower inflamation which leads to better health, especially for those with auto-immune disorders.
- Immune system boost - Ginger, lemon and honey all are powerful antioxidants and lemon contains lots of vitamin C. All of this is good for your immune system.
Storing Ginger Root Tea
I love making a big batch of this fresh ginger tea and storing it in the refrigerator. As long as only the ginger is added, you can store in it a covered container for several weeks. I store mine in a big covered mason jar after bringing the plain ginger tea to room temperature. Just add the lemon and honey before serving. It can be served cold or reheat in the microwave.
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Ginger Lemon and Honey Tea
- cutting board
- small pot
- 2 chunks fresh ginger, peel intact
- 2 cups water
- ½ lemon
- 4 teaspoons honey
- optional : sliced oranges, cinnamon sticks, sliced limes, or mint sprigs
- Place the water in a small pot on medium high heat. Slice the ginger in thin slices and add to the pot.
- Bring to a boil , turn off heat and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Strain the ginger from the tea and pour directly into a cup or a mason jar if making in advance.
- Stir in honey and add lemon slices before serving. Maple syrup, oranges, limes or fresh mint are optional and can also flavor your tea.
VEGAN TEA OPTION: use maple syrup instead of honey
Wondering what to do with left over ginger? If using it for more tea, slice it before freezing and pull out as needed.
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