How to Make Ginger Tea

published Jan 15, 2023
Ginger Tea Recipe

Easy to make and full of zing and pep from fresh ginger.


Makesabout 1 cup

Prep5 minutes

Cook15 minutes

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Ginger tea in mug.
Credit: Photo: Linda Xiao; Food Stylist: Jessie YuChen

A steaming cup of ginger tea is a deep comfort that never fails me. I started making the simple elixir years ago, after a friend made me a mug when I was feeling a little under the weather, and I’ve turned to it countless times ever since. While it’s a wonderful drink to sip on when you’re sick, you hardly need to be ill to appreciate it. Made with nothing but boiling water and fresh ginger, it’s a spicy, soothing beverage that’s best enjoyed with a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of honey — and your feet up on the couch.

How Long Should I Boil Ginger for Tea?

The longer you boil fresh ginger in water, the spicier and more flavorful the tea will become. I recommend simmering the ginger and water mixture for 10 minutes for a tea that’s full-flavored and ginger-forward, but you can continue to simmer it even longer if you’d like an even spicer tea. If you’re simmering for longer, though, cover the pot so that the water doesn’t evaporate so much that you’re left without tea in the pot to enjoy.

Credit: Photo: Linda Xiao; Food Stylist: Jessie YuChen

What Is Ginger Tea Best For?

Ginger aids in digestion, so I love sipping this tea after a big meal. It can also reduce nausea, congestion, and a sore throat, so it’s a nice natural treatment for general cold symptoms. Even without these benefits, ginger tea is a soothing drink that’s always a pleasure to sip.

How to Serve Ginger Tea

At its simplest, ginger tea is just fresh ginger simmered in water. After straining the tea to remove the ginger pieces, it’s ready to be served. However, if you’d like to sweeten your tea, stirring in a spoonful of honey is encouraged — as is a squeeze of lemon to balance ginger’s spiciness.

Ginger Tea Recipe

Easy to make and full of zing and pep from fresh ginger.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes

Makes about 1 cup

Serves 1

Nutritional Info


  • 1 (1-inch) piece

    ginger (at least 1-inch wide)

  • 1 1/2 cups


  • Honey, for serving (optional)

  • 1 lemon wedge, for serving (optional)


  1. Cut 1 (1-inch) piece ginger root into 4 rounds (no need to peel). Place in a small saucepan and add 1 1/2 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Uncover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and gently simmer for 10 minutes.

  2. Carefully pour the tea through a fine-mesh strainer into a mug. (Alternatively, you can use a fork to remove the ginger slices and then pour the tea into a mug.) Sweeten with honey and squeeze of lemon if desired.