- Food: Ginger Tea
- Writer: Nicolas Wilson
- Content-Type: Food Blog
Have you ever tried real, fresh ginger tea? At the same time, it’s relaxing and energizing. Ginger tea has been around for millennia, but it was only just brought to my attention. It’s fantastic!
I’ve started drinking this tea because I like the flavor of fresh ginger, but it has a lot more to offer than just flavor.
On cold days, ginger tea is a delightful, lightly spicy drink to warm you up. It’s a non-alcoholic, lighter version of a nightcap. If you overindulge this Christmas season (don’t we all? ), it soothes troubled tummies and relieves indigestion.
Overall, this fresh ginger tea recipe is a great drink to have on hand this winter. Are you prepared to make some?
Ginger Tea’s Uses
Ginger tea is a comforting drink during the colder months. It’s a refreshing morning or afternoon pick-me-up as well as a soothing evening drink. Try ginger tea if you’re looking for a seasonal drink that isn’t as hefty as hot chocolate.
This is a non-alcoholic, caffeine-free, and calorie-free beverage (unless you add a sweetener). If you’re cutting back on any of the aforementioned, it’s a terrific alternative.
This tea can help with digestion, calm upset tummies, and lessen nausea. It might also help women who are suffering from morning sickness.
“Ginger is the most well-studied plant used during pregnancy, and has been shown useful in the treatment of nausea and vomiting,” says registered dietician Lily Nichols (affiliate link).
Ginger has been used to relieve nausea for ages, and it is the only herb that is nearly universally regarded as safe by conventional standards… “In most cases, ginger ale or ginger sodas don’t contain enough real ginger to be helpful.”
Please keep in mind that I am not a medical professional. If you have any concerns regarding ginger tea, talk to your doctor.
Ginger Tea Preparation
I tried a few different ginger tea techniques and found that the simplest method is the best. This is how you do it:
- Fresh ginger should be thinly sliced. You don’t have to peel it first, but you should rinse it thoroughly and scrape any visible dirt away. For each cup of tea, use about a one-inch slice of ginger.
- Combine the ginger and fresh water in a saucepan (use one cup of water per serving).
- Over high heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat as needed to keep the sauce at a gentle simmer.
- Cook for five minutes (or up to 10 minutes, if you want extra-strong tea). At five minutes, I typically think it’s pungent enough.
- To remove all of the ginger, strain the tea through a fine strainer. Serve your tea with a tiny slice of lemon or orange, if desired, to provide some acidity. A thin drizzle of honey or maple syrup can help to balance out the
Variations in Ginger Tea
Do you want to spice up your ginger tea? Here are some simple versions.
Ginger Cinnamon Tea: Add a cinnamon stick to your tea before bringing it to a simmer for more warming spice.
Ginger-Turmeric Tea: Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties as well as a bright orangey tint and a spicy, unusual flavor. Cut fresh turmeric into thin slices and add it to your ginger and water mixture, in the same manner, you would fresh ginger.
Tea with Ginger and Mint: Fresh mint adds a cooling element to the dish, which helps to balance out the warmth of the ginger. Before bringing the mixture to a simmer, add a few sprigs of fresh mint.
Hot Toddy with Ginger: Now we’re having a conversation. When making a hot toddy recipe, add fresh ginger to the water.
FRESH GINGER TEA
|1 minute to prepare
Time to cook: 9 minutes
10 minutes in total 1 cup
Drink Yield: 1 cup
Learn how to make homemade ginger tea! This basic recipe, it’s quite simple to make. For unsettled tummies, ginger tea is warming, relaxing, and soothing. 1 cup yielded from this recipe; multiply as needed.
- 1-inch chunk of fresh ginger (no need to peel), sliced into pieces no wider than ¼-inch
- 1 cup water
- Optional flavorings (choose just one): 1 cinnamon stick, 1-inch piece of fresh turmeric (cut into thin slices, same as the ginger), or several sprigs of fresh mint
- Optional add-ins: 1 thin round of fresh lemon or orange, and/or 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup, to taste
- In a saucepan over high heat, combine the sliced ginger and water. Add a cinnamon stick, fresh turmeric, or fresh mint now if you’re using them. Bring the mixture to a soft simmer, then reduce the heat if needed to keep it there for 5 minutes (for extra-strong ginger flavor, simmer for up to 10 minutes).
- Turn off the heat in the pot. Pour the mixture into a heat-safe liquid measuring cup or directly into a mug through a mesh strainer.
- Serve with a squeeze of lemon and/or a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, if desired. Serve immediately.
- HOW TO MAKE IT VEGAN: Use maple syrup instead of honey.
- PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME: To create a large quantity, multiply the recipe as needed. Allow leftovers to cool to room temperature before covering and storing them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Cool before drinking or reheat for hot tea.
- IS THERE ANY GINGER LEFT OVER? Ginger can be frozen for later use. If you’re going to use ginger for tea later, chop it into thin slices before freezing it. If you want more adaptability, freeze it whole.