Ginger Root Tea with Lemon and Mint

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A hot cup of ginger root tea with lemon and mint is a soothing beverage. Three simple ingredients provide a refreshing drink at any time of day. Make as a large pot at home or single serving on the go.

Ginger Root Tea with Lemon and Mint

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.

Sliced ginger root on a cutting board with lemon and mint

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.

hands holding glass mug with lemon 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.

Tea pot with lemon wedges and mint

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.

Ginger Root Tea with Lemon and Mint

A hot cup of ginger root tea with lemon and mint is a soothing beverage. Three simple ingredients provides a refreshing drink any time of day.
4.98 from 36 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Course Drink
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups water
  • 4 slices lemon, ¼-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 heat. Add 10 mint leaves and 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.


  • Recipe Yield: 2 cups
  • For 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.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 2 servings
Calories 54kcal (3%)Carbohydrates 13g (4%)Protein 0.2gFat 0.1gSaturated Fat 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat 0.01gSodium 11mgPotassium 26mg (1%)Fiber 0.3g (1%)Sugar 7g (8%)Vitamin C 7.4mg (9%)Calcium 3mgIron 0.1mg (1%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.

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  1. Denise says

    I love this tea, it’s delicious to drink and quite healing as well. Any time I feel anything coming on I make this and it knocks it right out.

  2. Germaine says

    I haven’t yet made the ginger tea, but wondered about a cold or iced version.
    Thank you for your good recipes.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      I think I would still heat the ginger to extract the nutrients and flavor, then cool it down and serve with ice cubes.

  3. Jen says

    I made this recipe last night and absolutely loved it!

    I want to make a larger batch and have a question regarding the ginger. I increased the serving size to 8 (via the website tool) and it increased the quantity for everything except the ginger. Do you really not need more ginger for larger batches or is that a glitch?

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      I would also increase the ginger amount incrementally. I’ll take a look into the recipe convertor.

  4. Marie Rios says

    My hubby was feeling under the weather plus a sore throat. I had have a pot of mint that we grow all year. The lemon and ginger I had on hand. I made this and it was soooo soothing. Plus the other ways it helps with intestinal issues and digestion,this is brilliant. Thank you

  5. Manda says

    Making this right now. Seriously hope it helps with my intestinal problems and bloating. I’m constantly in so much pain. Willing to try anything natural, keeping my fingers crossed.