Give yourself some lift of mood with this soothing and relaxing ginger green tea that is made in just 5-minutes and it is just so healthy and good for sore throat and body pain! This tea is our bedtime ritual for years.
Updated: 30 November 2020 (Original post was published with ginger chai too but later I posted and separate post for it.)
Green ginger tea is a variety of green tea mixed with ginger root. It is made with grated ginger, green tea leaves, lemon, and honey. Sometimes, cinnamon is also added. It is full of immune-boosting, warming, relaxing flavors and nutrients to soothe your fatigue and refresh your brain.
Ginger contains phytonutrients known as gingerols which that responsible for their anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects. This green tea made with ginger can also help weight loss which makes it a perfect detox tea. I simply can't praise this tea enough. This is our winter ritual to enjoy a cup of tea before going to bed.
Benefits of Ginger:
Ginger is a root used as a spice. It is one of my favorite spices that has a slightly tangy taste when added to tea, below are a few reasons to enjoy this tea. You can find the benefits of ginger at Healthline.com.
- Relieving headache
- motion sickness and nausea
- Indigestion, stomach discomfort
- Cough and cold
- Relieves stress
- Menstrual pain
- Reduces inflammation
- Blood circulation
- weight loss
I have mentioned the benefits of ginger above which is our main ingredient but we all know tons of benefits of consuming green tea, lemon, and honey in moderation. We are having this tea before for at least 10 years and this is the first thought when we feel the slightest discomfort in the throat.
The ingredients of ginger green tea are simple a staple in most homes. That is fresh ginger root, green tea leaves, lemon juice, and a sweetener like honey or sugar or jaggery. Cinnamon is optional.
For this tea, grated ginger works best. You may chop ginger finely with a knife or in a food processor if the grating is difficult for you. Finely thinly sliced ginger can be used too but for maximum flavors, grated it best. Fresh ginger is alway better than ginger powder.
How to make it?
What makes this tea even more special is that you can make minor changes and keep it interesting all the time. In the below recipe, it shared only a ginger cinnamon combo, but actually, we enjoy it with cardamom and fresh mint too. Both ginger and green tea are very forgiving and happily mingle with other spices and sweeteners.
Boil water with ginger and cinnamon. ( You can add more spices like cardamom, turmeric, fennel, and mint also at this stage.) Let the water boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until the color of the water changes slightly and spices have released their flavors.
When the color changes, add lemon. You can add more or less lemon to taste or skip it too if you have a sore throat.
Add honey. ( You can add any sweetener of your choices like sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, stevia, or jaggery. You can also skip sweeteners altogether.)
At this stage before adding green tea, you can cool it and store it in the fridge for 2 days. Reheat and steep with green tea then serve.
Add green tea and cover the pot. Turn off heat and steep for 3-4 minutes. Then serve.
Strain and serve hot.
Now, I love variety like anyone. I just can't go to the kitchen and cook the same tea every day with the same passion every day. When it comes to green tea, I'm not satisfied until I have tried every known or imaginable combination. Then sticking to one best ginger green tea versions is not fun as you can always change ingredients as per your mood and body requirements.
- When you have a cold, ginger green tea seems best.
- When you have a headache, a robust ginger tea never lets you down.
- On a tiring day when you want to relax, aromatic ginger and cardamom tea seem to be a hit.
- And after a spicy dinner, ginger mint tea is a good option. As mint also helps with bloating and acidity.
- For heartburns, the ginger fennel cinnamon mint tea combo kicks it.
So you see how would you decide the best. After giving good thinking to this post, I thought to leave it to the readers. Does anyone else also feel the same as me? For other optional combinations, I have suggested ingredients with the measures. You can also make simple ginger, honey, and lemon tea like simplysensationalfood.com makes it.
How to store?
- Freshly grated ginger is best but you can have it finely chopped in a mixer and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 days or more.
- Leftover ginger tea without green tea can be stored in the fridge. Add ice cubes and enjoy Ginger Ice tea.
Green tea is good but when mixed with ginger, Ginger green tea is best. Full of immune-boosting, warming, relaxing drinks to soothe your fatigue and refresh your brain.
For a light ginger tea, add 1 teaspoon of grated ginger to make a cup of tea. For a stronger ginger flavor, you can add up to 2 teaspoons to a cup of ginger green tea and steep it for longer.
You can make ginger tea taste better by adding any sweeter like honey, sugar, stevia, or maple syrup. A few drops of lemon juice can also add that tangy boost. If you want a more subtle boost of flavor and aroma add cinnamon powder or mint leaves or cardamom powder.
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Ginger Green tea recipe
- 2¼ cups water
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger , for strong or ½ tablespoon for light tea
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder , or 1 inch cinnamon broken into chips
- 2 teabags green tea, or 2 teaspoon loose green tea
- 4-6 drops lemon juice , or to taste, optional
- 1½ tablespoon honey , or any other sweetener to taste
- Fill two cups of water to the brim and pour in pot or kettle. Bring it to boil.
- Add ginger and cinnamon and simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes until color changes.
- Add lemon, honey and green tea.
- Boil for 30 secs.
- Cover pot and turn off heat. Let tea steep for 3-4 minutes.
- Reheat and serve.
- If you want to make ginger tea without sweetener, add less ginger or it will get very spicy.
- You can use 2 teaspoon ginger powder instead of fresh ginger, but fresh is recommended.
- Other optional spices and herbs: You can add any of these at step 2 along with grated ginger.
- 10 mint leaves
- ¼-½ teaspoon green cardamom powder or 3-4 pods cardamom, crushed to open the pods and used with seeds.
- ½ tablespoon fennel seeds.
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh turmeric or ½ teaspoon turmeric powder