Turmeric-ginger lemon tea is a refreshing and immune-boosting drink with green tea and honey. It’s pretty and so easy to make – you just need to be able to boil water. Garnished with slices of lemon and lime and mint sprigs, it makes a great party drink – or just make it for your everyday tea.
This recipe is a DIY hybrid of one of my favorite green teas, a turmeric-ginger blend, combined with honey-sweetened lemonade. For years I’ve made a hot honey and lemon drink when I was not feeling well, so here’s a cold version of it. Sometimes I’ve added ginger, and lately I’ve heard more and more about the benefits of turmeric for health, too.
Health Benefits of Turmeric-Ginger tea
According to Healthline, the health benefits of this tea’s main ingredients include:
- Turmeric – anti inflammatory, anti-cancer
- Ginger – helps reduce blood sugar and aids digestion
- Lemon – promotes hydration, contains Vitamin C and aids digestion
- Green tea – can improve brain function and help prevent type 2 diabetes
- Honey – good for a sore throat and has antimicrobial properties
Green tea for this beverage
I’m a long-time subscriber to The Republic of Tea, where I buy the People’s Green tea in bulk (go to the company’s website) rather than the little tins. That’s my go-to daily tea – black tea now has too much caffeine for me!
I also like their turmeric ginger green tea — a special blend. My DIY version is similar to it but without cinnamon.
I’m economizing by using separate ingredients, but I also LOVE using fresh (well, actually frozen) ginger – the flavor and aroma are pretty great. I still use RT’s green tea bags but add my own powdered turmeric and grated ginger. This way I can control the strength of those ingredients.
I can also choose to leave out the green tea if I am making a batch to drink in the evening, add more teabags to increase the caffeine content if it’s for earlier in the day, or adjust the sweetness.
Kitchen tip – Grated Ginger
I prepare a large amount of ginger at once by peeling a large ginger root, then grinding it up very fine in a food processor. I freeze it in tablespoonfuls in an ice cube tray. When the cubes are frozen, I fold them in freezer paper to make a big packet, and then put the packet into a ziplok bag. When we want ginger, we remove one of the cubes and let it thaw.
How to make turmeric-ginger lemon tea
The process is so simple! I place the grated ginger, powdered turmeric and green tea bags in a heatproof 1-quart measuring cup. Pour in a quart of boiling water and let steep for 40 minutes. Use a stainless mesh strainer to strain the liquid into a pitcher. Dissolve the ½ cup honey in 2 cups room-temperature water and add the juice of a lemon. Pour the honey-lemon mixture into the pitcher and chill. When you are ready to drink the tea, float thin slices of lime or lemon (or both) and sprigs of mint. Add ice if desired. It’s so good!
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Turmeric-Ginger Lemon Tea
- 6 cups water divided
- 2 green teabags use more or less according to preference
- ½ teaspoon powdered turmeric
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- ½ cup honey
- 1 lemon juiced
- Slices of lemon and/or lime and mint sprigs, for garnish
- Place a tablespoonful of grated ginger, a half teaspoon of powdered turmeric and two green tea bags in a heatproof 1-quart measuring cup.
- Pour in a quart of boiling water and let steep for 40 minutes. Strain the cooled liquid into a pitcher.
- Dissolve ½ cup honey in 2 cups room-temperature water and add the juice of a lemon. Pour the honey-lemon mixture into the pitcher and chill.
- When you are ready to drink the tea, float thin slices of lime or lemon (or both) and sprigs of mint. Add ice if desired. It’s so good!
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