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Lemon Ginger Tea

This lemon ginger tea recipe is so cozy when the weather turns cold. You’ll love the bright citrus and warm spice from the ginger!

Glass mug of lemon ginger herbal tea with fresh mint

It’s cozy drink season, and I LOVE IT.

From a cozy cup of peppermint hot chocolate, to hot spiced cider, or even a hot vanilla steamer, we love all the warm, soothing drinks this time of year.

While most of those are best served on a cold night or cozied up with twinkle lights, one of my favorite drinks to sip year round is a cup of lemon ginger tea. Ginger tea is SO easy to make, comes with health benefits, and tastes incredible.

Oh, did I mention you only need 3-4 ingredients to make it? Because…yeah. It’s that easy.

Here’s what you need to make our lemon ginger tea recipe…

Ingredients for lemon-ginger herbal tea

Here’s What You need To Make This Cozy Drink:

  • Fresh Ginger. Though you can use dried ginger or ginger tea bags, today we’re making ginger tea with fresh ginger. It’s my favorite and has the freshest, brightest flavor! (Frozen ginger also works!) If you’re using organic ginger, there’s no need to peel it first.
  • Water. Whatever you drink! (Filtered, tap, whatever)
  • Lemon Juice. Then, you’ll finish the lemon-ginger herbal tea with fresh lemon juice. It adds such gorgeous flavor.
  • Any Extras You Like. This can include honey, fresh mint leaves, lemon slices, fresh or dried turmeric, and more.

What Can I Add To Ginger Tea To Make It TAste Even Better?

Lots of things! We’ve made so many cups of ginger tea over the years that it’s fun to mix it up with different add-ins and flavorings. Here are a few of our faves:

  • Honey, Agave, Or Simple Syrup. A little drizzle of honey, agave, or even simple syrup can be a delicious way to add a touch of sweetness to ginger lemon tea. (This mint simple syrup is amazing with ginger!)
  • Fresh Mint. Or, finish your cup with a little fresh mint. Mint and ginger are a delicious natural pairing, and it can add some brightness to your cup.
  • Turmeric. Turn up the antioxidants even more by adding a bit of fresh turmeric or dried turmeric powder to the tea. A little goes a long way, so a 1/2-inch piece of fresh turmeric, or 1/4-1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric will be plenty. (Adding a pinch of black pepper or cayenne can help your body use the turmeric better!)

How To MAke Lemon Ginger Tea, Step By Step:

  1. Boil The Water. Start by boiling the water. In a saucepan, heat the water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Prepare The Ginger. While the water boils, prepare your ginger. Wash the ginger well, then slice it into thin rounds or dice into pieces. (You can remove the peel with the back of a spoon, a sharp knife, or a veggie peeler, if desired, but we’re going to strain it anyway, so I usually don’t bother.)
  3. Steep The Tea. Add ginger to your saucepan with the water. Simmer 2-3 minutes, then turn off the heat and let the ginger steep at least 5-10 minutes for best results. (You can also make it spicier by letting it steep longer–up to 1 day! If steeping your ginger tea for longer than 1 hour, transfer to the refrigerator to finish steeping.)
  4. Strain & Reheat, If Needed. Next, strain the tea and reheat if it’s gotten cold.
  5. Finish With Lemon & Flavorings. Then, add fresh lemon juice, honey, and any other flavorings or garnishes you like, to taste.

Health Benefits Of Ginger Tea

If you’re sipping ginger tea for the health benefits, you’re not alone! People all over the world have been using ginger medicinally for centuries. There are many potential benefits for sipping this herbal tea:

  • Soothing Nausea. Have an upset tummy? Ginger has long been a natural remedy for nausea, whether it’s from overeating, pregnancy, stress, or illness. The American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology even recommends it as a pregnancy-safe nausea remedy!
  • Improved Digestion. Johns Hopkins says that the antioxidant gingerol in ginger can help with digestion mobility, meaning your food won’t sit as long in your gut. This can be helpful for regularity, but also after overindulging (holiday food coma, anyone?)
  • Reducing Bloating. Similarly, ginger can help reduce bloating for the same reasons!
  • Boost Immunity & Calm Inflammation. Harvard Medical School recommends ginger tea as a support for pain, inflammation, metabolic syndromes, and more. Ginger contains antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties!

Although it’s got plenty of potential benefits, ginger also comes with a few caveats. It can slow down blood clotting, so it should be avoided for people taking anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications. It can also sometimes impact people with hypertension or diabetes, so always talk to your doctor first!

Glass mug of lemon ginger herbal tea with fresh mint

FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The Best Lemon Ginger Tea:

How long does ginger tea last? I recommend using it within 3-4 days for the best flavor. It reheats well, so you can absolutely make a big batch to use over a few days.

How long should you steep ginger tea? At least 5-10 minutes, for fresh ginger tea. The longer you steep ginger tea, the stronger and spicier it will taste.

Is It OK To Drink Ginger Tea At Night? Yes! Homemade ginger tea is naturally caffeine free, so it shouldn’t keep you up at night. Instead, it can be part of a soothing nighttime routine to help you wind down at the end of the day. Yay!

Can You Drink Ginger Tea Every Day? For most people, this will be safe, but like most herbal remedies and supplements, it’s best to check with your doctor. Ginger can interact with some medications (like anticoagulants, anti-platelet medications, etc.), so it’s always safest to check!

Can I Use Dried Ginger Instead? If you have it, sure! Most ginger tea bags use dried ginger. The flavor will be very similar using dried ginger, though you’ll only need about 1/3 the amount of dried ginger.

Glass mug of lemon-ginger herbal tea

More Cozy Drinks To Try:

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Glass mug of lemon ginger herbal tea with fresh mint

Lemon Ginger Tea


  • Author: Emily Dixon, One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This lemon ginger tea recipe is so cozy when the weather turns cold. You’ll love the bright citrus and warm spice from the ginger!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger (peel if not organic)*
  • 2 cup water
  • 24 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (more or less, to taste)
  • Optional: honey, agave, fresh mint leaves, lemon slices

Instructions

  1. Boil The Water. Start by boiling the water. In a saucepan, heat the water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Prepare The Ginger. While the water boils, prepare your ginger. Wash the ginger well, then slice it into thin rounds or dice into pieces. (You can remove the peel with the back of a spoon, a sharp knife, or a veggie peeler, if desired, but we’re going to strain it anyway, so I usually don’t bother.)
  3. Steep The Tea. Add ginger to your saucepan with the water. Simmer 2-3 minutes, then turn off the heat and let the ginger steep at least 5-10 minutes for best results. (You can also make it spicier by letting it steep longer–up to 1 day! If steeping your ginger tea for longer than 1 hour, transfer to the refrigerator to finish steeping.)
  4. Strain & Reheat, If Needed. Then strain the tea and reheat if it’s gotten cold.
  5. Finish With Lemon & Flavorings. Then, add fresh lemon juice, honey, and any other flavoring you like, to taste.

Notes

*A 2-inch piece of ginger will give you about 2 Tablespoons chopped ginger. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: lemon ginger tea, lemon ginger herbal tea, ginger tea, homemade ginger tea

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