December 26, 2020
This recipe is part of my Christmas 2020: Menu Prep Series!
Ginger Root Tea
Treat yourself to a cup of piping hot ginger tea. When made with fresh ginger root, it will be far tastier than ginger tea brewed from a stale tea bag. This is a healthy drink that’s great for digestion, and it has a reputation for being soothing and healing. Many people find that the best time to drink ginger tea is in the morning because it’s an invigorating way to start the day.
Uses for Ginger Tea:
Ginger tea is a warming drink for cool weather. It’s a nice morning or afternoon pick-me-up, yet also a relaxing evening sipper. If you’re in the mood for a seasonal drink that isn’t heavy like hot chocolate can be, try ginger tea!Ginger tea is a non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated, and virtually calorie-free drink (unless you add a sweetener). So, it’s a great option if you’re cutting back on any of the above.Ginger tea aids digestion, helps soothe upset stomachs, and can reduce nausea. It might offer some relief to women with morning sickness as well. According to registered dietitian Lily Nichols (affiliate link/don’t get any big ideas), “Ginger is the most well-studied herb used during pregnancy, and has been proven effective in the treatment of nausea and vomiting. Ginger has been used for centuries to reduce nausea and is the only herb that is almost universally considered safe by conventional standards… ginger ale or ginger sodas usually don’t have enough actual ginger to be effective.”
- 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″ 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
- Combine the ginger slices and water in a saucepan over high heat. If you’re adding a cinnamon stick, fresh turmeric, or fresh mint, add it now. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer for 5 minutes (for extra-strong ginger flavor, simmer for up to 10 minutes).
- Remove the pot from the heat. Carefully pour the mixture through a mesh sieve into a heat-safe liquid measuring cup, or directly into a mug.
- If desired, serve with a lemon round and/or a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, to taste. Serve hot. Enjoy!
• MAKE IT VEGAN:
Be sure to use maple syrup, not honey.
• PREPARE IN ADVANCE:
Multiply the recipe as desired to make a big batch. Let leftovers cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Drink chilled or reheat for hot tea.
• LEFTOVER GINGER?
You can freeze ginger for future use. If you intend to use the ginger for tea later on, you might as well cut it into thin slices before freezing. Otherwise, freeze it whole for greater versatility.
Ginger Tea Variations:
Want to change up your plain ginger tea? Here are a few easy variations.
For more warming spice, simply add a cinnamon stick to your tea before bringing to a simmer.
Turmeric offers additional anti-inflammatory benefits, plus a fun orangey hue and extra-spicy, intriguing flavor. Treat fresh turmeric the same way that you treat fresh ginger—cut it into thin slices, and add it to your ginger and water mixture.
Fresh mint lends a cooling component, which helps balance the warmth of fresh ginger. Add a few sprigs of fresh mint to your mixture before bringing it to a simmer.
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.4g0%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
- Vitamin A0%
- Vitamin C0%
- Vitamin D0%
- Thiamin (B1)0%
- Riboflavin (B2)0%
- Niacin (B3)0%
- Vitamin B60%
- Folic Acid (B9)0%
- Vitamin B120%
- Vitamin E0%
- Vitamin K0%
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