To make a good ginger tea, all you need is fresh ginger and filtered water. The rest of the ingredients are optional, but it might taste better with a little honey in it, as well a splash of fresh lemon juice. Camomile flowers, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, or an Echinacea tincture can be also be added to the tea but are optional. Don’t add everything at the same time — try different combinations.
You'll also need a grater or zester, as well as a kettle or a saucepan to boil the water and something to strain the tea if you are not using a teapot that has one in it. I like to grate my ginger instead of slicing it because it releases more aroma and flavors. I don’t juice my ginger; I keep it simple.
Ginger is a powerful herb and truly a blessing. Make sure you are using it. Enjoy!
The Best Homemade Ginger Tea
- 1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 Tbsp. raw honey or pure maple syrup
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Camomile flowers
- Echinacea tincture
- Fresh mint leaves
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
Peel the ginger root with a peeler or with the back of a spoon.
Grate the ginger with a grater/zester. If you slice it, slice it thin and use more.
Infuse the ginger; if you add cinnamon, mint, camomile or cayenne, add it here.
If you are using a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, add ginger and turn off heat. Put the lid on it and let it steep for 10 minutes.
If you are using a teapot, add ginger in the teapot and pour boiling water in it. Let it steep for about 10 minutes.
If you are using a saucepan, strain the water to remove the ginger.
Add fresh lemon juice and natural sweetener if you like. Stir and enjoy!
If you want a cold tea, let your tea cool down, store it in the fridge and add ice cubes before serving.