Home Made Ginger Tea

Home Made Ginger Tea. 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.

Aside from the fact that this tea is hot, spicy and so full of flavour, it’s healthy 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.

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

Home Made Ginger Tea Recipe

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



Home Made Ginger Tea



  • 1 large fresh ginger root (peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (enough to have 8 to 10 1-inch chunks))
  • 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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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 & 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!  And a word of warning…most of the cinnamon and cayenne pepper sinks to the bottom of the tea…but you must drink that part up…that’s where all the good stuff is!  My husband & I have an ongoing joke about getting that last bit down… 😉

But really, we just love ginger tea…and now maybe you will too!

Home Made Ginger Tea Recipe

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Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply Virginia Fynes February 7, 2014 at 5:50 AM

    I’m not a big tea drinker, but I bet this would be fab when I’m not feeling well

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      It really is so soothing when you’re sick! I love it!!

    • Reply Laura ontiveros November 29, 2018 at 9:25 PM

      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.

  • Reply Stacie February 7, 2014 at 6:19 AM

    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.

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Me too…I really feel like it helps, and I think it helps me sleep too! Delicious and good for you! 🙂

  • Reply Tammi @ My Organized Chaos February 7, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Oh, I would absolutely love this on cold days, thanks!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      You are so welcome! I hope you try it and enjoy it!

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    This looks so good. My husband and I love tea, so I am going to try this recipe!

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Thanks Jody! I hope you love it!

  • Reply SoberJulie February 7, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    The cayenne is a nice addition, so good for you

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    I’m not a big tea drinker, but I bet this would be fab when I’m not feeling well

  • Reply Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens February 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    HUGE tea drinker!!!! Fabulous post Jo-Anna and definitely need help sleeping. Going to try this!!!!!!

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    Looks so delicious Jo-Anna! There is nothing better than homemade tea with fresh lemon! Especially in our cold winters!

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    This looks like a drink we all could have used; sickness made it’s rounds. Looks really good; I love a good cup of tea.

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    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

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife January 5, 2015 at 7:54 PM

      I hope you love it as much as we do! I really feel like it helps us during cold & flu season!

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    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?

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 1, 2015 at 4:24 PM

      Hi Judy! This steeped ginger will keep beautifully in the fridge for a couple of days – I often do this if I’m the only one having tea that day!

      • Reply Judy March 1, 2015 at 7:12 PM

        Thank you!! I can’t wait to try this.

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  • Reply Ashley November 15, 2017 at 9:16 PM

    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

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 17, 2017 at 3:45 PM

      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?

    • Reply Jeanne May 2, 2019 at 2:19 PM

      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

  • Reply Barbara Kropik April 18, 2018 at 3:37 PM

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

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney April 18, 2018 at 4:41 PM

      Hi Barbara!
      The recipe should read: 1 large fresh ginger root (peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (enough to have 8 to 10 1-inch chunks)).

  • Reply Virginia Martin July 8, 2018 at 11:46 PM

    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?

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      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.

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  • Reply Brenda August 19, 2018 at 4:55 AM

    Can. It be used for children.?
    Or should it be modified a little for them ,especially a 5 year old.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney August 19, 2018 at 4:37 PM

      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.

  • Reply karen gibney September 18, 2018 at 6:26 PM

    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!

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney September 18, 2018 at 7:48 PM

      You’re so welcome! I hope you heal up quickly…I’m very familiar with blood clots…be safe xo

  • Reply Wanda Smith October 1, 2018 at 1:07 AM

    I had pelvic surgery and my muscles stiffing up is ginger good for it

  • Reply Machale October 7, 2018 at 6:21 PM

    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!

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney October 7, 2018 at 10:03 PM

      I’m so glad you loved it! It’s my favourite too!

  • Reply Kathy October 16, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    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 😀

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney October 16, 2018 at 3:13 PM

      I’m so glad you tried it…it really is so delicious! We made some last night too..it’s so comforting!

  • Reply Jacqueline Stanford December 13, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    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

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney December 13, 2018 at 6:10 PM

      You are so welcome Jacqueline! I’m so happy you’re enjoying this recipe…it’s really so good!

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  • Reply Linda December 17, 2018 at 9:44 PM

    Isn’t this ridiculously expensive

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney December 17, 2018 at 10:03 PM

      Not at all! It’s cheaper than boxed tea.

  • Reply Albert Davis December 26, 2018 at 1:53 AM

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  • Reply Sue January 15, 2019 at 7:34 AM

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

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney January 15, 2019 at 10:44 AM

      Oh I love to hear that Sue! It really is SO good isn’t it?! Get better soon!

  • Reply Madison February 4, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    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!

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney February 4, 2019 at 7:28 PM

      Oh my, morning sickness is so hard! I’m happy this tea helped you Madison! Enjoy!

  • Reply Morene February 10, 2019 at 10:52 PM

    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.

  • Reply Sally C. Taylor February 16, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    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.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney February 17, 2019 at 10:11 AM

      Hi Sally! I haven’t done that, but I don’t see why you couldn’t. I especially think that the cinnamon stick would add great flavour!

  • Reply Patricia B Stephens February 19, 2019 at 7:43 PM

    Thanks a lot. The ginger tea really helped my sore throat and smooth my cough.

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