Ginger Lemon Tea (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo)

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Ginger lemon tea is a great way to warm up on a cold winter night. The spicy ginger and soothing honey is also excellent if you’re battling a cold or the flu. In this post, I’ll show you how to make the best ginger tea at home with just 3 ingredients!

Ginger Lemon Tea

One of my favorite local soup spots also makes an insanely good ginger lemon tea. When I’m sick, I know that a bowl of their spicy diced pork noodle soup and a ginger tea will clear my sinuses right up. I had a terrible cold before Christmas and it was all I wanted. They deliver the soup but, for some reason, they won’t deliver the tea. I was on my own for that. 

I’ve tried making ginger lemon tea at home before, but until now I haven’t had much luck getting the sharp, spicy ginger flavor that I love. I even tried ginger tea bags, but those were awful. After a little crowdsourcing on facebook and a lot of experimenting, I finally nailed it! Just like the restaurant’s version, this tea is loaded with spicy ginger flavor and has just enough honey to soothe a sore throat without being overly sweet. I’ve been drinking it nonstop over the last month> I stock up on ginger and lemons every time I go to the grocery store!

Ingredients for ginger lemon tea - fresh ginger root, lemons, and honey

How to make the BEST ginger lemon tea

Ginger lemon tea is really easy and all you need to make it is fresh ginger root, lemons, and honey. Some people also add turmeric or cayenne pepper, but I like to keep things simple.

This tea is all about the technique. Start with loads of fresh ginger. You’ll want a piece about the length of your thumb for each large cup of tea. Peel the ginger, then thinly slice it. Next, put the sliced ginger in a cup and add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. (In a pinch, you can also use one of those plastic squeeze lemons. They aren’t perfect, but they work.) Use a muddler or a spoon to muddle the ginger and lemon juice together. You really want to pulverize the ginger in this step. I tried using grated ginger as a shortcut, but you lose too much of the juice. The flavor just isn’t the same. Muddling is definitely key. 

Add a teaspoon of honey to the cup, then pour boiling water over it all and give it a good stir. Now comes the hard part—let the ginger lemon tea steep for 5 minutes to bring the flavors out (and let the water cool down!)

In addition to being a great way to clear your head, ginger has a ton of health benefits from treating nausea to helping with indigestion. Plus it’s just flat-out delicious, even if you’re feeling great to begin with! Give it a try and let me know what you think! If you have extra ginger, you can also use it in these pineapple ginger immunity smoothies, another great recipe for this time of year. 

two cup of ginger lemon tea and a teapot

holding a mug of ginger lemon tea with a blue blanket and a teapot

Ginger Lemon Tea

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ginger lemon tea is a great way to warm up on a cold winter night. The spicy ginger and soothing honey is also excellent if you’re battling a cold or the flu.


  • 4-inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons honey


  1. Bring three cups of water to a boil. 
  2. While the water boils, peel and thinly slice the ginger. Divide the ginger between two large tea cups or mugs. Add the juice from half a lemon to each of the cups. Muddle the ginger and lemon to release the juices and break the ginger down. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of honey into each cup.
  3. Fill each cup with boiling water. Stir well, then let steep for 5 minutes. Do not strain.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 38Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 1g

I am not a certified nutritionist. Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional advice by certified health professionals; please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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By on January 2nd, 2019

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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