A hot cup of ginger root tea with lemon and ginger is a soothing beverage. Three simple ingredients provide a refreshing drink any time of day. Make as a large pot at home, or single serving on the go.
It’s been a big season of holiday eating, are you ready to get back to eating healthy? I sure am! My pants are fitting a little tighter these days, and I’m ready to hit the gym and eat more wholesome foods. My family and I also had a rough month of December, all of us being sick for over three weeks. Those daycare bugs are gnarly!
Since we’ve returned home from traveling, I’ve been making a hot pot of ginger root tea with lemon and mint each morning. I always feel refreshed after a warm cup or two, and my digestive system is a little more balanced. With only three ingredients, this soothing tea is an easy beverage to make when you need a little reset.
Ginger root is powerful! Pungent and spicy, it awakens all of your senses and adds a special zing. My grandma has been making ginger tea for our family for a long time, especially when we are feeling under the weather.
Ginger has some pretty amazing health benefits including aiding in digestion, fighting nausea, soothing upset stomachs, and can be anti-inflammatory. The fresh root instantly infuses into the hot water and creates a little tingling sensation and heat as you drink it.
Lemons may make you pucker, but they’re packed with the antioxidant vitamin C. This is especially important during the winter months when you are trying to boost your immune system. The lemon slices add a subtle flavor from the zest with a slight tartness. I like to add a fresh half slice of lemon to my glass after I brew the tea.
Ah, I can imagine myself curled up on the couch with a hot cup of ginger tea in hand. I love our Bodum insulated glass mugs. They keep your drink hot, but the outside stays warm, so you don’t burn your hand.
Mint is one of my favorite herbs, and it adds a refreshing aroma that opens up my senses. It can offer some relief from the common cold and sore throat. It also soothes headaches and may aid in digestion. The mint leaves turn brown after heating, so I like to add a fresh sprig to the teapot and a leaf or two in my glass.
Three simple ingredients can create a magical drink that can keep you warm during those cooler days. If you like a touch a sweetness to your lemon tea, or if your throat is a little scratchy, then adding honey or agave can act as a natural sweetener.
If you are ready for a cooler yet refreshing drink, you can also try my jasmine green iced tea limeade. Stay healthy my friends, the new year is just around the corner, and you need all the energy you can get to start it off right!
Can I make this tea when I’m at work or not at home?
Yes! You can cut the lemon and ginger into slices and pack them in containers or re-sealable bags. Bring and refrigerate the fresh mint, ginger, lemon and sweetener (if using) to work or school so you can make the tea any time of the day. If you have a thermos or coffee cup, you can also make a single serving by reducing all of the ingredients in half, add them to the container, then add 1 cup of hot water when ready. Steep for at least 10 minutes, or until the desired flavor is reached.
- 2 cups water
- 4 slices lemon , 1/4-inch thick
- ginger , 2-inch piece, peeled, cut into 8 slices
- 12 mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon honey , or agave, (optional)
- Add water, 3 slices of lemon, and ginger slices in a small pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Add 10 mint leaves to the pot. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add honey or agave if using, add more if desired.
- Strain and serve the tea with a half slice of lemon and one mint leaf. Makes 2 cups of tea.
- *You can also make this tea as a single serving cup. Reduce all ingredients in half and add to a large cup. Add very hot water and allow to tea to steep at least 10 minutes, or until the desired flavor is achieved.