Making Ginger Iced Tea from Scratch
Ginger iced tea is not only incredibly refreshing and beneficial, it is also very simple to make from scratch. While it can be tempting to turn to premade options when our days get busy, why not gift yourself some quiet time to make a batch of fragrant, revitalizing ginger iced tea?
This simple recipe for ginger iced tea is a lovely way to take advantage of this tea's wellness benefits. (Not in the mood for iced tea? Ginger tea is also wonderfully delicious when served hot, and can also be enjoyed topically in a bath or compress.)
Ginger Iced Tea Recipe
Spicy ginger tea makes an utterly refreshing iced tea. Try this recipe to make a glass of delicious iced ginger tea for yourself.
- 2 cups fresh, clean water
- 2 - 3 inch piece of good-quality, young, fresh ginger root
- Other additions to taste, such as honey (or another sweetener) or citrus (lemon, lime, or orange slices)
Making Perfect Iced Tea
For some additional tips and ideas for making the very best iced tea, visit our Iced Tea Tips page.
To make the tea...
- Remove any spoiled, old, or damaged parts from the ginger, and then give it a good rinse with fresh water.
- Peel or scrape away the ginger's skin with a knife or the edge of a spoon. Try to remove just the skin, if you can, as ginger is very flavorful just below the skin.
- Slice the ginger thinly, and then crush it lightly with a mortar and pestle, if you'd like. You can grate the ginger, instead of slicing it, too.
- Add the ginger and water to a saucepan, cover (so you don't lose any of the ginger's beneficial properties), and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Lower the heat, and simmer the covered tea gently for around 10 minutes. (The tea will darken in color and develop a lovely, rich flavor as it simmers.)
- Strain the tea into a glass or a small glass jug.
- Let the tea cool completely before you pop it into the refrigerator to chill and serve over ice later. (Fully cooling the tea before chilling makes a clear - rather than cloudy - iced tea.) Or, if you simply can't wait, pour your tea over ice and enjoy immediately. Add extras as you'd like, such as a bit of sweetener or a slice or two of citrus fruit for extra flavor.
As with any tea, let your taste buds be your guide. If you prefer slightly more or less ginger flavor in your iced tea, adjust the proportions given above until you come up with your perfect iced ginger tea.
Why not try...
- Mix equal parts ginger tea and ginger ale or soda water and pour into an ice-filled glass - so refreshing on a hot summer day.
- Add small pieces of citrus rind when making ice cubes to serve with your iced ginger tea.
- Enjoy ginger tea over ice cubes made from freshly squeezed lemonade or limeade.
- Add some pineapple chunks, cucumber slices, or raspberries to your iced ginger tea.
Ginger tea can be enjoyed in so many ways... you'll find more ginger tea recipes here (including a recipe for Salabat, some tips for a ginger tea bath, and how to make a ginger tea compress).
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Once you've tasted homemade ginger iced tea, you'll never be tempted again by bottled iced tea! Iced teas and herbal tisanes made from scratch are so delicious, and provide us with all of the wonderful wellness benefits of their hot versions. And, you have complete control over the ingredients when you make your own iced teas - so no surprise ingredients, such as unhealthy additives or sweeteners that are often found in bottled iced teas or iced tea mixes.
This is a lovely beverage - healthy, delicious, and so very refreshing on a hot summer's day.