Experience a calm and serene feeling with every cup of this flavorful GINGER TEA that’s also good for your body. A healthy and soothing drink flavored with natural spices and sweeteners giving your body tons of benefits. You’ll surely be pleased in every brew of this simple yet beneficial drink!
As you may know by now, I love the zingy tanginess of ginger especially on many of my dishes. It brings an earthy and spicy twist to any meaty dish, drink, or even dessert. My health enthusiast friends and I would drink this tea after our work out session to calm everything out.
Today I’ll share my flavorful recipe so you can also enjoy the warm and cozy sensation of this drink, especially during this cold season. It’s so easy to make that you could prepare this for tea time every day!
Aaannd did you know that it’s also a great drink to burn all those holiday fatty food? Yep! Crazy good, right?
Benefits of this Ginger Drink
You’ll know that you have the right plant when you sense its spicy aroma. This is due to the presence of ketones such as Gingerols, the main component of ginger. The root itself has existed for more than 5,000 years wherein the Chinese and Indians used it to treat ailments.
I know how painful it is to have these cramps especially when you’re not expecting it. Luckily, this drink has compounds that inhibit inflammatory chemicals in the body. This lessens muscle inflammation thus decreasing the chances of cramps and discomfort.
Treats Morning Sickness or Nausea
This information might be extra helpful to pregnant women or people undergoing chemotherapy. Drinking a cup of ginger tea helps relieve nausea because of the compounds present in the drink. The plus side of this is that it’s all-natural! No need to worry about chemical side effects.
Blood Pressure Regulation
Consuming this pungent herb has been observed to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It’s also been linked to improving blood circulation which will generally improve your body’s condition.
Weight and Blood Sugar Control
A study shows that consuming ginger can help improve blood sugar control. This means a lot of ailments such as type 2 diabetes may be prevented.
Boosting the Immune System and Relieves Stress
This root crop packs a good deal of antioxidants which helps reduce the chances of general ailments. This is actually one of my secrets why you’d rarely find me stressed (😉). It doesn’t really take away the stressors but it helps to calm everything down so I can think better.
Trust me, this drink is one of the most wholesome beverage that you’re going to taste. There are just a few ingredients for the whole drink and all of these are natural! You can easily find these ingredients in a single trip to the grocery store. Here’s what you’ll need.
- Ginger (peeled and sliced)
- Cardamon (a close relative of our main ingredient today. This means they go well together.)
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Star Anise
- Lemon Juice
- Honey (optional. Serves as a natural sweetener)
- Water, because we can’t have tea without water, right?
This recipe is a simple mix you can easily make at home. Add in your own creative twist and let me know how it turns out!
Ginger Drink Variations Around the World
The key process in making tea is extracting the flavor of your main ingredient until it blends with the water. I’ve seen a lot of recipes where they do this in different methods and I’ve listed down below my personal favorites.
Pineapple Ginger Juice (West Africa)
This summer-perfect drink combines the citrusy taste of pineapple and the spicy and tangy flavor of our root crop. You can add a little alcohol to this drink to make it a bit more fun. See the full RECIPE HERE!
Ardak Wali Chai (India)
This beautiful drink is made from our tangy root crop, black tea leaves, and milk. It’s really fun to make because you can see how the water changes in color. From yellowish to reddish, and ultimately to a light brown tea. It tastes sweet with a spicy and a bit acidic flavor.
Ginger Ale (often credited to Ireland)
The modern style of making this (Canadian) drink is just a mix of carbonated water and ginger-infused syrup. Personally, I could drink this once in a while because it still has medicinal benefits but in moderation.
Salabat (The Philippines)
This is one of the simplest ways to brew ginger tea which is quite similar to our recipe today. The slices of ginger are brewed in hot water and that’s it! Instant drinks use dried and powdered variants that dissolve in water for quick fixes! This can be served hot or iced.
Tea Time Pairings
This drink is versatile because it can pair well with many dishes or treats. Personally, I love drinking this during tea time with some of my favorite desserts or snacks. Here are some of my top picks to pair your ginger tea with.
More Homemade Drinks to Enjoy
How to Make Ginger Tea
Add ginger, star anise, cardamon, and cinnamon sticks to a medium pot. Pour in water and place on the stove over medium-high heat. As soon as the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 5-10 minutes. The longer you cook, the stronger the ginger tea is.
Adjust the cooking times as needed. Taste as it simmers and add more water if needed. Turn the stove off, remove the pot. Sieve the ginger tea using a fine sieve or cheesecloth over a large bowl or teacup or mug. Add lemon juice, start with a 1/4 cup and adjust with more, as needed to suit taste buds. Discard the remaining ingredients. Top with lemon and sweetener, if desired. Serve hot. Enjoy!
Watch How To Make It
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- 2- 4 ounces (56.7g-113.4g) fresh ginger root, about 1 cup chopped peeled ginger
- 1 star anise
- 3-4 cracked cardamon (I used the green ones that in a pod)
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- 6- 8 cups (1422ml-1896ml) water, adjust to desired strength, with more or less
- ½ cup (125ml) lemon juice, or more to taste
- 2 large lemons, sliced (optional)
- Add ginger, star anise, cardamon, and cinnamon sticks to a medium pot.
- Pour in water and place on the stove over medium-high heat.
- As soon as the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 5-10 minutes. The longer you cook, the stronger the ginger tea is.
- Adjust the cooking times as needed. Taste as it simmers and add more water if needed.
- Turn the stove off, remove the pot. Sieve the ginger tea using a fine sieve or cheesecloth over a large bowl or teacup or mug. Discard the remaining ingredients. Add lemon juice, start with a 1/4 cup and adjust with more, as needed to suit taste buds.
- Top with lemon slices and sweetener, if desired.
- Serve hot. Enjoy!
Tips & Notes:
- You may use a sweetener if you want a hint of sweetness in your tea.
- The longer you boil the tea mixture, the stronger the ginger tea is.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.