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Home Made Ginger Tea

This Home Made Ginger Tea is a delicious (and healthy) tea made with fresh ginger, lemon juice, honey, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

Happy Friday friends!  I’m so glad it’s almost the weekend…this means sleeping in, Dutch Baby Pancakes, lazy afternoons and possible a little bit of shopping.  This gal needs some retail therapy…winters will do that to a person.

I have wanted to share this Home Made Ginger Tea recipe with your for a couple of years now, but I just never seemed to get around to it, even though we drink this tea almost every night.  For real, almost every night…ok at least 3 or 4 times a week.  It’s become part of my husband and my nightly ritual.  The kids go to bed, tea simmers on the stove.  It’s so comforting and I look forward to it every day.

Ginger is delicious and good for you!

Aside from the fact that this tea is hot, spicy and so full of flavour, it’s good for you too.  We love the taste and the ritual of it, but we also drink this tea for it’s health benefits:  Please note I am not a doctor, I wish I was, but alas I am not. These are just some health tidbits I found floating around the interwebs.  The overall lesson here…this is just really good tea…and it’s probably good for you too.  🙂

  • Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps with nausea, circulation, stomach cramps and bloating, and it also improves the absorption of nutrients.
  • Lemon is a rich source of Vitamin C, it helps flush toxins out of your body, it has powerful natural antibiotic properties, it’s good for your liver and skin, it helps reduce pain and inflammation in joints…
  • Cinnamon has been thought to help with blood sugar control, it has natural antimicrobial properties, it is rich in manganese, iron, calcium and fibre, it’s a powerful antioxidant…on and on…and it’s delicious too!
  • Honey is antibacterial and anti-fungal, it’s probiotic, it’s good for you skin, and it helps with sore throats and coughs.
  • Cayenne Pepper is a good source of essential minerals and vitamins C and A, it’s beneficial to the circulatory system…plus it adds pizzazz to your tea.  True story.

So I dedicate this tea to my Mom, who has been asking for this recipe/post for some time now.  😉

A top down view of a mug of Ginger Tea, and cinnamon sticks, ginger root and lemons

How pretty are those ingredients?!   Ahhhhh, I really do love this tea.

Comforting and delicious during cold and flu season.

This ginger tea is so good I just had to share it with you!  We drink this tea because we love it, but we also swear that it helps us ward off bugs during cold and flu season.  I have nothing to prove this, but we just feel like it helps with our immunity.  And when we do get sick, this tea seems to help beat it! But really, we just love ginger tea…and now maybe you will too!

A mug of Ginger Tea, and cinnamon sticks, ginger root and lemons

Ginger Tea Recipe Tips:

  • Ginger.  Peeled, fresh ginger is best for this tea.
  • Dressing your tea. This part is very individual-taste dependent, so play with the ingredient amounts until you get a combination that you love.
  • Spices.  A quick little word of warning…most of the cinnamon and cayenne pepper sinks to the bottom of the tea, so you might need to stir your tea. couple of times. But you should drink that part up, that’s where all the good stuff is!  My husband and I have an on-going joke about getting that last bit down 😉
  • When you’re done steeping the ginger, pour more water on it and let it sit overnight and reheat when you’re ready for another cup.

Home Made Ginger Tea

This Home Made Ginger Tea is a delicious (and healthy) tea made with fresh ginger, lemon juice, honey, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 large mugs of tea 1x
  • Category: Drink


  • 1 large fresh ginger root (peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (enough to have 8 to 10, 1-inch chunks for each root))
  • 5 cups water
  • juice from 1 fresh lemon
  • honey
  • cinnamon
  • cayenne pepper (powder)


  1. In a saucepan, simmer the ginger chunks in 5 cups of water, for a minimum of 20 minutes, but the longer the better. We like to let ours simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Divide the tea between 2 large mugs, or 4 smaller mugs, making sure not to serve the chunks of ginger!

Now it’s time to dress the tea. This part is very individual-taste dependent! We like our tea very strong, so here’s what we add to our tea! For each mug add:

  1. juice from 1/2 lemon
  2. 1/2 tsp honey
  3. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  4. generous dash of cayenne pepper

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    1. 5 stars
      Hi Jo-Anna , I just tried your ginger tea. Wow, we love it and we are going to try to drink it as often during the week as possible. Thank you for sharing the recipe. It’s really delicious.

  1. I knew ginger was good to take when you are feeling nauseated. I’d much rather drink a natural tea like this one when I’m sick vs. taking pills.

    1. Hi Jo-Anna, I just tried your ginger tea. I was under the weather and decided to try your recipe. Love all the ingredients that’s in this tea. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Can’t wait to try this minus the cayenne pepper. My girl has RSV and bronchitis and I have learned ginger root helps lessen symptoms

  3. sounds delicious! Being the only tea drinker in our home, any thoughts on whether or not this will keep for a couple days in the frig?

  4. This recipe is delicious! Just tried it and I love the spice and kick. Odd question though—can you do anything with the ginger you steeped in the water or is it best to toss it? Hate to waste it if it CAN be used for something else. TIA

    1. Hi Ashley! I’m so happy you enjoyed this tea, it’s a favourite of ours too! As for the ginger, we usually just compost it after making our tea. I’m not sure if there would be much flavour left in the ginger after boiling it, but if there is you could always use it in a stir-fry?

    2. This sounds amazing…I cannot wait to try it..I am having problems with swelling and possibly a diagnosis of lyphedema..I am hoping this might help

  5. I don’t understand the recipe. It says a 1inch chunk of ginger cut into 8-10 one inch chunks. I’m confused

  6. what can you do the the chunks of ginger root after you cut them into pieces and boil them for an hour to make ginger tea?

    1. Hi Virginia! The ginger ends up with not much flavour after they have boiled for some time so I usually just end up composting them. But if you want to use them in something, I’m sure you could just cut them up finely and add them to baking.

    1. Hi Brenda! I don’t see any reason why it couldn’t…but if you are concerned you can always ask your Dr. I’m not a health professional and our family all drinks this as a tea.

  7. 5 stars
    Just made this and its delicious. I have a blood clot in my leg so I am going to change my diet. No more unnatural foods , I was reading ginger was excellent for circulation. Im very glad I came across this page. Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! I just finished making it & I’m drinking it now. I love how it was so easy & how natural it is!

  9. 5 stars
    Made the Hime Made Ginger Tea today. OMG it’s the best. I have shyed away from ginger tea previously cuz bad experience once. I’m on 2nd cup today. Simple and yet so elegant. Also I put 2 mint leaves in for presentation. Lol made me feel special ?

  10. Great recipe for Ginger tea!
    I’m a Breast Cancer Survivor and Ginger is wonderful for helping the body stay Healthy!
    Making this as I’m typing!
    Thanks Jo Anna

  11. 5 stars
    Absolutely the best tea I’ve ever had! Thank you for sharing it. Now I have to go brew some up. . . sinus infection.

  12. Currently struggling with morning sickness so needed a recipe for ginger tea to keep the nausea at bay – thank you for this, just made a batch to put in my thermos for work tomorrow!

  13. 5 stars
    Best tea ever. Just boiled a full pound of ginger to make candied ginger and saved the ginger water for making tea. Both so good and good for you. So do not ditch the boiled ginger – make candied ginger which can be eaten alone or used in a lot of recipes such as cakes and cookies. A little bit of work, but so worth it.

  14. I am wondering if you have tried this by putting a whole cinnamon stick and/or whole cloves in with ginger when you boil. I often use these in hot apple cider for my grandkids and they make that delicious.