Fresh Ginger Tea with Lemon and Honey

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A caffeine-free herbal tea that is perfect when you want something to warm you from the inside

I’ve never been a huge fan of ginger, but interestingly, my go-to drink when I’m feeling chilly is a homemade fresh ginger tea with lemon and honey.
I just love how it warms me from the inside out and soothes my throat when I’m feeling under the weather.

And the best part? It’s incredibly easy to make lemon ginger tea from scratch.
Also, the ingredients are simple and easy to find.

So, if you are looking for a healthy recipe to make ginger tea be sure to give this recipe a try!

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Reasons to make ginger tea from scratch

Where I live it’s quite easy to find lemon ginger tea in granulated powder form, usually in sachets.
These are very convenient because you just have to add hot water to it. But I personally prefer making it from fresh ginger because:

  • It tastes better
  • It’s cheaper
  • It’s healthier – premade lemon ginger tea usually contains lots of added sugar. But when you make it yourself, you can choose how sweet you want it. Also, you can swap the sugar for the sweetener of your choice. My favorite way to sweeten ginger tea is using honey.

Health benefits of ginger tea

Ginger tea has always enjoyed quite the reputation for being a healthy beverage.
And it turns out, recent research suggests that ginger tea may indeed offer impressive benefits like:

What you’ll need to make lemon ginger tea

Only 4 ingredients

  • Fresh ginger root
  • Boiling water
  • Lemon or lemon juice
  • Honey


Time needed: 10 minutes

How to make fresh ginger tea with lemon and honey

  1. Prepare ginger

    Wash the piece of ginger you are using and peel it (I recommend using a teaspoon for this).Peeling ginger with a spoon

  2. Make ginger tea

    Grate the ginger and let it steep for 5 minutes in fresh boiled water (no need to cook the ginger).Making ginger tea grating ginger

  3. Strain

    After the steeping time, pour the ginger tea into the cup through a sieve (you may skip this step if you don’t mind having ginger in your cup).Draining fresh ginger tea

  4. Flavor

    Add lemon juice and sweeten to taste.Ginger tea with lemon juice

Tricks and alternative ways to prepare it

  • You don’t necessarily need to peel the ginger root
    Actually, ginger peel is edible and contains a lot of beneficial compounds.
    So, if you are too lazy to peel it, feel free to grate it without peeling.
    I personally prefer peeling it this makes it easier to grate it afterwards, plus I think it helps to release ginger’s aroma and flavor.
  • How to easily peel ginger
    You can easily peel ginger root by scrapping its outer skin with the back of a teaspoon.
    This method isn’t just easier than using a knife or a peeler; it also makes it easier to just remove the outer skin thin layers without wasting too much of the ginger.
  • Alternative to grating
    You don’t have a grater? Don’t worry: you may cut the ginger root in thin slices or small pieces.
    In this case, your tea will probably taste milder, so if you want it to still taste intense, you should do one of these:
    • use more ginger
    • steep it for longer
    • cook it
  • Make it vegan
    If you don’t want to use honey, feel free to try other sweeteners such as maple syrup, agave, stevia… Or just skip this step if you are not a fan of sweet tea.
  • Don’t sweat on the ingredient amount
    Ginger roots have such an irregular form that it isn’t easy to determine an exact amount to use.
    Also, the level of its spiciness depends on how old your root is.
    Therefore, it is ok to use more or less ginger (or lemon juice or honey) according to your own taste.
  • If you don’t have fresh ginger root, you may use powdered ginger instead.
Fresh ginger tea with lemon and honey
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Lemon ginger tea recipe

How to make ginger tea with lemon and honey from scratch
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Prep Time:10 minutes



  • 2 inches Ginger root (15 gr.) – use less if you want a milder tea
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 Tbsp. Lemon juice (approximately the juice of 1 lemon)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Honey Feel free to adapt to taste


  • Wash the ginger root piece you will use and peel it by scraping the outer skin with the back of a teaspoon. You may also skip the peeling step (look in Notes for details)
    Peeling ginger with a spoon
  • Grate* the ginger and pour boiling water over it. Let it steep for around 5 minutes. The longer it steeps, the stronger it will taste.
    Making ginger tea grating ginger
  • Strain, then add a lemon juice, sweeten and enjoy!
    It’s best served warm, but you can also enjoy it cold if preferred.
    Ginger tea with lemon juice


I prefer peeling the ginger because it makes it easier to grate and also I find it releases its taste better, but ginger skin is edible.
*If you don’t have a grater, you may slice your ginger root or cut it into small chunks: in this case, you might need more ginger, steep if for longer or cook it for 5 minutes (instead of just steeping it).
Feel free to adjust the amount the ingredients according to your personal taste.


Serving: 8oz. | Calories: 80kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Calories: 80kcal

So there you have it!
This fresh ginger tea recipe is ready in no time and will make a delicious caffeine-free tea that will warm you up during chilly days.
And since it’s caffeine-free, you can enjoy at any time of the day.
I hope you enjoy it!
If you are looking for other comforting herbal teas, you might want to try these lesser known but delicious Japanese sorts of caffeine-free teas.

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  1. 5 stars
    In Japan we use ginger in almost every foo. It’s so healthy and specially nice when it’s cold.
    I loved this recipe for ginger lemon tea with honey, thanks for sharing!

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