Well, come sit for a spell, because I have a very special treat to share with you today. Better yet, quickly read this, then go steep yourself a quick cup of hot, fresh ginger tea! Once you try it, you’ll be hooked!
Last year when I was feeling under the weather, there was a knock on the door. My hero neighbour Janette entered with a pitcher full of something special. It smelled amazing… spicy! But I had no idea what it was.
“I made you some ginger tea! Just mix it with honey.”
Wow. What a treat! And you can bet I was up for anything that anyone offered to make for sick little ‘ol me!
So bed head and pajama clad and all, I poured a cup, added a teaspoon of light honey, and…. OH. MY. WORD.
The smooth,warm tangy taste jolted my tongue, as if there were a million flowers… or something, having a dance party all in the same spot.
It was out of this world!
I’ve made it many times since. But over the Christmas break when I was feeling under the weather, the first thing I made sure I was stocked with was fresh ginger root.
That’s all you need!
This is by far my fav beverage to pour, if I’m about to embark on some book reading, movie watching, or even a little browsing on the internet. Any time of day.
Ginger is loaded with antioxidants. It’s really good for you!
It’s said to help reduce nausea symptoms, and many other things.
It’s super easy to make… in minutes!
But the #1 reason I personally love it?
It’s flat out delicious!
I’ve been experimenting on how to brew the perfect cup of fresh ginger tea, and I do believe I have it nailed.
Here are two ways: sliced, or freshly grated.
The trick is to not over boil. Think of it as placing a tea bag in water. The more it steeps naturally, the better the tea will taste.
There tends to be LOTS of flavour this way, so easy does it, or it’ll be too strong.
Slice off the outside of a fresh ginger root, then using a very fine grater, shred into a dish.
Place the grated ginger into a cup, then fill cup with boiling water, and allow to steep for 5 – 10 minutes.
Once steeped to desired strength, pour into another cup through a sifter.
You can also make more, using a teapot instead.
A lighter, fresher flavour, so make sure you steep it long enough.
The colour is a light, lemon tone.
I myself prefer the grated. Although it’s a little messier, it’s more fragrant, and the taste seems just fresher and lighter.
You can sweeten with honey or sugar, to taste. If using honey, I prefer a light colour so the flavour is lighter as well.
But my personal preference is a light touch of white sugar.
If you search ginger tea online, you can find all kinds of things to flavour it with. My personal preference is a simple cinnamon stick, or plain. Lemon was ok, just not my fav.
Since ginger has such a distinct taste on its own, you don’t need much. I’d recommend flavouring with just one choice, if any. If you mix more, it becomes… confused. 🙂
So excuse me while I enjoy this amazing treat anytime I wish… because it won’t keep you awake at night, and won’t have you gaining weight either!
Any guesses why I stopped to make TEA instead?!
Have you ever tried fresh ginger tea? How do you make it?
- fresh ginger root
- sweetener - honey or sugar to taste
- flavour - cinnamon sticks or lemon optional
- Wash ginger root, then cut into thin slices.
- Place into a shallow pot of water.
- Bring water to a boil, then remove from heat, cover, and allow to steep for 10 minutes, or to taste.
- Pour ginger tea through a strainer, then serve.
- OR GRATED METHOD BELOW - my personal fav!
- Wash fresh ginger root, then slice off skin.
- With a very fine grater, shred ginger root onto a plate.
- Add the shredded ginger root into a large cup or teapot.
- Add boiling water, cover, and allow to steep for 5-10 minutes, or to taste.
- Pour through a strainer, then serve.
- Sweeten with honey or sugar.
- Optional: flavour with a cinnamon stick (my fav!), or a little lemon, or just leave plain.
- Fresh ginger tea is absolutely delicious! It's also very good for you. It's loaded with antioxidants, will not keep you awake at night, and is said to help reduce nausea symptoms if under the weather.
- Experiment with steeping times and water ratios, until you come up with the perfect brew for you!