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ginger lemon honey tea

This soothing hot drink is perfect for comforting loved ones with a sore throat and stuffy nose, or just as a treat on a cold winter day. The heat from ginger warms you up as you drink and the honey soothes the throat, with lemon juice packing a vitamin C punch for your immune system.
prep time5 mins
cook time15 mins
total time20 mins
course: Drinks
cuisine: Chinese
keyword: blood orange, ginger, honey, hot drink, lemon juice, soothing, winter
difficulty: easy
servings: 2 servings
author: cindy chou


  • 4 inch piece fresh ginger, washed and roughly sliced
  • 1 quart water for boiling
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 ½ to 2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 blood orange (optional), sliced into thin rounds


  • Heat water and sliced ginger in a small pot over high heat until boiling, partially cover and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Strain and keep ginger slices to reuse for another batch if needed.
  • While ginger water is heating, slice blood orange (optional).
  • Combine ginger water, honey, and lemon juice. Stir to dissolve the honey.
  • Divide into 2 cups, top each cup with a slice of blood orange and serve hot.


You can adjust the amount of ginger, lemon, and honey to taste. This is my favorite ratio, but everyone likes their ginger lemon honey tea with varying levels of spice, tartness, and sweetness.
This recipe yields 4 cups (2 cups per serving).
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