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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


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!


  • 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


  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.


*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