A hot cup of ginger tea made with fresh ginger root is not only tasty, but it is also healthy and a good relief for a cough, colds, and flu. Ginger is known to be one of the healthiest plants on earth, and the nice thing is that it’s also delicious.
Read this article and learn a fresh ginger tea recipe that you will fall in love with!
I like to have some fresh ginger in stock at all times. In addition to making herbal tea, I also use it for cooking and smoothies.
This guide includes several variations for preparing fresh ginger tea and I have also included instructions for making ginger-infused honey.
But first, let’s take a quick look at the health benefits of ginger.
Ginger Has Many Health Benefits
The health benefits and medicinal properties of ginger have been known and used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine.
I have listed the most important health benefits of ginger here:
- Helps with digestion: Ginger relieves gastrointestinal irritation and stimulates the production of bile and saliva. Thus, it can be used to treat acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Remedy for nausea: Ginger is a known remedy for nausea that is often used by cancer patients and pregnant women.
- Relieves symptoms of colds and flu: The antioxidants of ginger boost your immune system and its anti-inflammatory properties help with getting rid of the inflammation in your body.
- Helps with suppressing cough: Ginger tea is a great natural remedy for a cough and it also helps with getting the phlegm out of your body.
- Reduces pain and stiffness: The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can help in reducing the pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis.
In addition to the benefits listed above, research also suggests that ginger may lower cholesterol levels and help in preventing cancer.
Ginger Tea Recipe from Fresh Ingredients
Making ginger tea from fresh ingredients is quite easy. All you need is fresh ginger root, water, a knife, and a kettle and a stove or an electric water boiler.
However, if you want to make it really good, there are a couple of additional pieces of advice I want to share.
Ingredients – Quality Matters!
The most important ingredient of ginger tea is, of course, ginger. I recommend using organic ginger root that is as fresh as possible. The best option is to grow your own ginger, it’s actually quite easy to even grow it indoors!
The quality of water also has a big impact on the tea. Fresh natural spring water is the best option for making ginger tea (or any other tea). You can also use regular filtered water.
I always add some honey to my ginger tea. I prefer using organic raw honey. It has the least amount of pesticides, and it has beneficial enzymes that are destroyed if the honey is processed using heat.
A grater or a zester is very useful when making ginger tea from fresh ginger root. When the ginger is in smaller pieces you don’t have to steep it for a long time or use a large amount of it to make a strong and nice tasting tea. You can also do fine with just a sharp knife.
How to Prepare It
Ok, now it’s time for action! Here are the instructions for preparing 2 cups of ginger tea. If you want to make more, just scale all the ingredients up in the same proportion.
- 1-2 tablespoons (or more) of grated ginger
- 2 cups (0.5 liters) of water
- optional: 1-2 tablespoons of honey
- Peel and grate the ginger. How much ginger you want to use, is a matter of preference. You can start with one tablespoon. If you are using a knife, slice the ginger into thin slices, and use more than one tablespoon. If the slices are thicker you must steep the ginger for a long time.
- Add the ginger and freshly boiled water into a kettle (or teapot) and bring it to a low boil. Use a lid to cover it.
- Let it steep for about 10 minutes (or 15 minutes if you used slices instead of grated ginger). If you want extra strong ginger tea, just add more ginger and keep simmering the tea in a kettle for up to half an hour.
- Pour into teacups through a strainer. Add the raw honey if you want it sweet. It is important to not add the honey earlier when the tea is boiling hot because this would destroy the beneficial enzymes.
- Enjoy the tea! Or you can let it cool down and then put it into a refrigerator to make some delicious ice-tea.
Different Versions of Fresh Ginger Tea
There are many delicious variations of ginger tea. You can combine ginger with other ingredients to make a tea with an interesting blend of different tastes and more health benefits.
Some of the best ingredients to combine with ginger are fresh turmeric and licorice root, fresh mint leaves, lemon juice or peel, cinnamon, chamomile flowers, or even black pepper or cayenne pepper.
When using any of the above-mentioned ingredients, just add them at the same time with the ginger, except for lemon juice. Lemon juice should be added just before drinking the tea (at the same time with honey) to preserve its vitamins and other micronutrients.
Ginger is also an excellent ingredient for making iced herbal teas. You can my top 5 ice tea recipes here.
Sometimes you might want to prepare your lemon ginger tea real quick and without any hassle. You can use Stash Lemon Ginger Tea Bags to make an excellent tasting tea in just a few minutes!
If you like to prepare lemon ginger tea from fresh ingredients, but are looking to speed up the process, here is an interesting video. It shows how to make fresh lemon ginger tea in just 2 minutes.
How to Prepare Ginger-Infused Honey
Infusing ginger in honey is an excellent way of preserving its qualities. Also, making ginger tea becomes very fast and easy when using ginger-infused honey. It’s also very easy to make it.
Here is how to prepare your own ginger-infused honey:
- Take a large piece of fresh ginger root (for example 2-3 inches) and peel it. Then cut it into very thin slices or leave it as bigger chunks. If you cut it into smaller slices the infusion will happen faster but it is harder to remove the pieces from the honey. When using fresh ginger root (which contains water) you have to be careful not to raise the water content of the honey above 20%. If the water content gets too high a yeast fermentation process might begin and the honey could get spoiled. You can use dried ginger to be sure to avoid fermentation.
- Put the ginger and honey in a jar, mix with a spoon, and cover with an airtight lid. Before doing this, you can warm the honey a bit to make it more liquid and to evaporate some water to avoid fermentation. Or you can just use it as it is. You can also add other ingredients, such as lemon slices or lemon zest, into the honey.
- Leave to a cupboard for at least 2 weeks to infuse. You can shake and turn the jar every once in a while to make the infusion faster.
Ginger Infused Vodka
If you like alcoholic drinks, you can also try making ginger-infused vodka. You can use a similar method than with honey, except there is no need to heat the vodka and the infusion is much faster.
If you crate the ginger and shake the jar firmly, your ginger-infused vodka will be ready in half an hour! You can use a strainer or a cloth to remove the ginger pieces from the liquid.
Prepare Your Fresh Ginger Tea – Just the Way You Like It!
After reading this article, you should now have a lot of ideas on how to make ginger tea using fresh ginger root and combining it with other ingredients. Experiment with different amounts of ginger and combinations of other ingredients to find your personal favorites.
You can also prepare ginger-infused honey so that you can prepare your ginger tea in an instant. It’s also a great ingredient for baking and cooking.
There are also times when you just want to have a cup of tasty ginger tea without any extra hassle. You just might not have the time or energy to prepare fresh ginger tea after a long day at work, or when you are sick and really need it.
You can make things easier by using ginger tea bags or loose leaf ginger tea, but it is important to choose the right product. To help you with this, I have put together an article with the best ginger tea brands and products.
My favorite way of preparing ginger tea is to use a lot of fresh organic ginger and mixing in some lemon juice and raw honey. Often I also add some fresh mint leaves or turmeric. Mint works especially well if you are making ginger ice-tea.
I hope you found this guide useful. Please post a comment below and tell me your favorite way of preparing ginger tea!
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