Ginger lemon tea is one of the most easy-to-make natural teas that I have ever had. It doesn't require any exotic ingredients or any special prepping. You may already have what you need in your kitchen (hint - it's ginger lemon tea!).
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I've been drinking this tea for about 15 years. It was a fluke that I actually tried it. The restaurant we were at was out of ginseng tea and this tea was what my server recommended. It was meant to be! This is a hot beverage that is a regular part of my life now.
I enjoy all kinds of tea. My favorite summer tea is this iced passionfruit tea. Try it when it's hot out. You'll love it!
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Why I love this tea
The first time I tried it, I loved the flavor! It is a hot tea and it is refreshing. Over a dozen years later, I'm still enjoying it regularly.
This tea is also very simple to make with minimal ingredients. We are talking boiling water, sliced ginger and some squeezed lemon. The hardest part is keeping the lemon seeds out of the tea (if you aren't using a lemon squeezing gizmo).
It's a warming type of tea when it's cold outside. It is also very low in calories so don't go overboard with the honey.
There are many health benefits of ginger. Ginger root is a rhizome that grows and spreads in the ground. It is a herb and is used for digestive and joint health issues, plus a variety of other beneficial reasons.
Sliced ginger. About 1 inch of sliced ginger root per mug (or 2 cups of water) More or less to your taste. Thinner slices have more surface area and will flavor the water more.
Fresh squeezed lemon juice. I assume about ½ of a medium lemon per large cup. Watch those lemon seeds, you don't want those in your tea.
Honey is optional. But I enjoy about a ½ to 1 teaspoon honey in my cup.
Flavor add ons
You can throw in a cinnamon stick and that will add some cinnamon flavor. It adds to the warm flavor.
A sprig of or a few mint leaves are also a refreshing option. I have infused mint leaves in my tea and made myself an iced tea when I had a craving for this tea in the summer. Just steep a few minutes longer, take everything out and throw in enough ice cubes to have a cold drink.
Turmeric is also something that can be added. It is a strong flavor and changes the color to a richer orangy color. A little goes a long way - start with a pinch!
Slice approximately 1 inch worth of ginger root per large cup serving (12 oz).
Add ½ fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Pour boiling water over the ginger slices and lemon and let it steep for approximately 10 minutes. Longer if you would like your tea stronger.
I add about ½ teaspoon of honey prior to serving. Other sweeteners can be substituted.
Add 1 teaspoon honey. More or less to your taste
Yes, some people make this tea with grated ginger. I find the slices create as flavorful as a tea so I personally don't grate the ginger. Keep in mind, if you use grated ginger, you also have to strain the ginger out before drinking the tea.
The site I like using for this type of info. is the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Yes! Just let it steep a few minutes longer and then cool. Add ice and it's a refreshing cold tea.
Another delicious herbal tea
Printable for Ginger And Lemon Tea
Ginger Lemon Tea with Honey
- 1 inch ginger root thinly sliced ginger
- ½ medium lemon fresh squeezed
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Boil water and pour over sliced ginger and fresh squeezed lemon.
- Steep for 5 - 10 minutes, add honey and enjoy!
Nutrition information is an estimate only provided as a courtesy using an ingredient database. Garnish and optional ingredients are not included in the calculations.