Recipe: Homemade Ginger Tea

Cary, NC – We dropped in for dinner recently at one of our favorite small restaurants in Cary, Himalayan Nepali Cuisine on East Chatham. They started us off with a cup of Ginger Tea so warm and comforting we had to try it ourselves in the FoodCary Test Kitchen.

Homemade Ginger Tea

Honestly, making homemade Ginger Tea is so easy it barely even requires a recipe. All you need is fresh ginger, honey and lemon.

Depending on how you prepare it, ginger tea takes four to 10 minutes to make.

This recipe makes two cups of tea.


  • One teaspoon grated (or one inch sliced) fresh ginger root
  • Two teaspoon of honey
  • Two lemon wedges
  • Two cups of water


  1. Peel the ginger. You can grate or slice the ginger thinly. Grated ginger will brew faster than sliced and make a stronger tea.
  2. If grated, boil the ginger for about four minutes. If sliced, boil the ginger for about 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea into mugs. Add a teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon juice to each mug.

If your tea is too strong or sharp tasting (like our first batch), just dilute it with boiling water.


Once you have the basic tea mastered, you can try these variations and additions (try them one at a time, not altogether).

  • Agave nectar instead of honey
  • Lime instead of lemon
  • Dash of Turmeric
  • Sprig of Mint
  • Dash of Cayenne
  • Camomile or Echinacea (tincture or fresh)
  • Cinnamon stick

You can even do away with the sweetener, if that’s your cup of tea. Still delicious.


Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.