Learn how to make Homemade Ginger Tea with fresh ginger, mint, lemon, and honey. Sip on this warming drink to relax, soothe symptoms and rejuvenate for the day.
Hot ginger tea is a tried and true remedy for cold and flu symptoms. However, the flavor isn’t always pleasant. To make freshly brewed ginger tea taste MUCH better, I like to add fresh mint leaves, lemon juice, and honey.
This mixture makes a comforting and delicious tea blend you’ll genuinely enjoy sipping on when you have the sniffles and even when you don’t! I love brewing a pot and storing it in an insulated container to sip on and reap the potential benefits throughout the day.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This tea is very easy to make using simple, budget-friendly fresh ingredients.
- Ginger teas can be bitter and not very enjoyable to drink. This ginger mint tea tastes absolutely wonderful.
- You can make a big batch, put it in the fridge and then reheat as needed.
- If you want to keep it warm, you can pour it into a thermos and drink it throughout the day.
Ingredients & Equipment
Making fresh ginger tea from scratch is a great way to enjoy a warm and robust cup of delicious herbal tea. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Ginger: Fresh ginger has a slightly spicy flavor. It’s bold, bright, and leaves you with a pleasant, tingling mouth-feel. Ginger root is known to work wonders for nausea relief and upset stomachs.
- Mint: Fresh mint adds refreshing flavor. The cooling sensation from the mint may provide relief from a scratchy, sore throat.
- Lemon: A few slices of fresh lemon give this tea a tart and sweet punch and a boost of vitamin C.
- Honey: Sweet honey cuts out any medicinal taste and makes this ginger tea delightfully drinkable. It may also help reduce cough and sore throat symptoms. If you want to keep it vegan, use maple syrup instead.
- Boiling Water: You’ll need boiling water to steep the ingredients and combine the aroma, flavors, and nutrients into a hot tea.
- Recommended Equipment: I use a 5-cup (1.25 L) teapot. You can also use a french press or steep the tea blend in a small saucepan.
How To Make Ginger Mint Tea
- Rinse the teapot: Give your teapot a good rinse with hot water. Discard the water.
- Add tea ingredients: In the teapot, add the ginger, mint leaves, lemon slices, and honey.
- Add hot water: Then, carefully pour the boiling water into the teapot. Give everything a gentle stir.
- Steep: Cover the teapot loosely with a towel and let everything steep together for at least 8 to 10 minutes.
- Strain and serve: Strain out the solids. Pour the tea into your favorite teacups. Reheat if needed. Enjoy!
Whether or not you peel the raw ginger is a matter of convenience. You don’t have to peel the ginger first but if you do, use a spoon. It is much easier to peel with the back of a spoon than a knife. Slide the rounded bottom beneath the skin to remove it.
Feel free to use more or less freshly grated ginger to your liking. The longer it steeps, the bolder and spicier the tea will be.
To keep the tea warm, pour it into a thermos.
You can also make a batch, keep it in the fridge, and reheat it as needed.
Feel free to swap out the mint leaves with a different fresh herb or spice. Here are a few ideas:
- Ginger Peppermint Tea: Spearmint and peppermint can be used interchangeably to make mint tea. Keep in mind spearmint has a cool and sweet flavor while peppermint has more of a spicy bite.
- Ginger Cinnamon Tea: Toss a couple of cinnamon sticks into the teapot with ginger, lemon, and honey.
- Ginger Turmeric Tea: Whisk about a teaspoon of turmeric powder into freshly brewed ginger tea after straining (or you can add a pinch of turmeric to each cup).
- Spicy Ginger Tea: Make a spicy drink by adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to each serving.
More Ways to Use Fresh Ginger
If you have more than enough ginger root for this recipe, why let it go to waste? Ginger is excellent in all sorts of things:
- Marinades, Stir-fry Sauces and Salad Dressing
- Baked Goods
- Homemade Candy, etc.
Storing & Freezing
- Storing: If you have some leftover or you’d like to make extra to drink throughout the week, refrigerate the tea in an airtight container and enjoy cold or reheated within 3 days.
- Freezing: This tea is so quick and easy, it’s probably best to make it fresh. However, you can freeze it also. After straining, let the liquid cool to room temperature and then pour it into ice cube trays. That way, you can pop out an ice cube of ginger mint tea whenever you need it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does homemade ginger tea have caffeine?
No, fresh ginger root tea does not have caffeine. It is an infusion of fresh ginger root, lemon, and honey.
Do I need to peel ginger root for tea?
Peeling away the tough skin before steeping isn’t necessary since you’ll be straining the pieces out, but be sure to wash away the dirt and debris before using it.
Can I use ground ginger powder to make ginger tea?
In a pinch, yes, you can use ground ginger. You will need coffee filters or fine mesh to strain out the fine powder. Keep in mind, the flavor isn’t quite as full-bodied as fresh ginger, but it is more concentrated. A little bit goes a long way. A quarter teaspoon of ground ginger powder is about as potent as one tablespoon of fresh.
More Homemade Teas & Hot Drinks
- 1 Tbsp minced or mashed raw ginger
- 5 to 8 fresh mint leaves with stems
- 2 thin lemon slices
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 4 cups boiling water
- Rinse a 5-cup (1.25 L) teapot or a French press with hot water; discard.
- Place the ginger, mint leaves, lemon slices and honey in the teapot. Add 4 cups (1 L) boiling water and stir gently.
- Cover the teapot with a towel and let the tea steep for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 2 servings.
Nutrition InformationServing Size 1/2 of recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 67.6Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1.3mgCarbohydrates 18.2gFiber 0.1gSugar 17.5gProtein 0.1g
Nutrition facts provided on this website are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a qualified health care provider for personalized diet advice and make sure that each of the ingredients is allowed in your diet.