Lemon ginger tea is soothing infusion of fresh ginger and lemon, lightly sweetened with honey. This super healthy detox tea without tea leaves makes a perfect caffeine free drink for children and grownups.
Back in 2010, while our visit to beautiful city of Srinagar in Kashmir, I first tasted lemon ginger tea. Perched on Kralsangri hill that captures finest panoramic view of the Dal Lake, surrounded by majesty of Zabarwan Mountains, our stay at Taj Vivant was memorable. Their elaborate tea lounge offered Lemon ginger tea along with an array of other teas and the herbal kashmiri kehwa.
Although I really hoped to like kehwa, I truly fell in love with the taste of their ginger lemon tea. Since then I bought dozens of packages of lemon ginger tea of various brands and was disappointed to find how artificial and tasteless they were. This summer when I visited Kerela, I bought some rolled tea leaves that I then tried to steep with some fresh ginger and lemon which was pretty good but still had a slightly bitter taste from the tea leaves. Although, it was not exactly the taste I was looking for, it helped me to my eventual and now perfect recipe for the ginger lemon tea. The tea, that does not really need any tea leaves but just some grated (or sliced) ginger boiled in hot water, fresh lemon juice and some honey!
Lemon ginger tea is probably the most liked drink I have offered to friends and family. My boys are starting to like this tea and I am so glad as it is the best home remedy for cough, cold or sore throat. Drinking lemon ginger tea helps the body absorb nutrients, improve food digestion, reduce inflammation and relieve stress.
My winter ritual is to have a nice hot cup of traditional ginger chai in the mornings and the soothing lemon ginger tea for the afternoons.
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp ginger grated (or 1 inch ginger sliced for a mild flavor)
- 2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2-4 tsp honey (depending on the preferred sweetness)
- Boil 2 cups of water. Add grated ginger and boil for 2 mins. Turn the heat off.
- Add lemon juice, honey and stir
- Strain and enjoy hot!