Salabat Recipe - A Delightful Way to Enjoy Ginger Tea

If you love tea and you love ginger, you'll certainly enjoy this Salabat recipe.

Salabat is a traditional ginger tea made in the Philippines and typically served hot during the colder or rainy seasons. Salabat or ginger tea is good for us in a multitude of ways... Sip this ginger tea to ward off a cold, flu, or chill when the weather is cold or damp outside; to ease aches and pains; to settle indigestion, gassiness, or upset stomach; or simply to lift your spirits. 

Try this refreshing, nutritious Salabat recipe with your favorite Filipino dishes, or as a wonderfully comforting tea at any time of the day. Or, if your weeks are just too rushed, make up a batch of oh-so-convenient Instant Salabat Concentrate

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Salabat Recipe

This recipe makes 2 - 3 servings - perfect to share with a friend or enough to last you through a rainy or chilly afternoon curled up with a good book.

You'll need...

  • 3 cups fresh, clean water
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons brown sugar, honey, molasses, coconut sugar, or another sweetener
  • 4 - 5 inch piece of good-quality, young, fresh ginger root
  • Optional - Additional water, sweetener, and citrus (lemon, lime, or orange slices) to serve alongside, for flavor or if you find the tea too strong or spicy

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To make the Salabat...

  1. Remove any spoiled, damaged, or old parts from the ginger, and then give it a good rinse with fresh water.
  2. Scrape or peel off the ginger's skin with a knife or spoon. (Ginger is very flavorful just below the skin, so scrape carefully and remove only the outer skin. The edge of a spoon works well for this.)
  3. Slice the ginger thinly and, if you'd like, crush it slightly using a mortar and pestle. (You can also grate the ginger instead of slicing it.)
  4. Add the ginger, along with the water and the sweetener, to a saucepan.
  5. Cover the tea and bring it to a boil over high heat. (Covering the tea helps to retain the ginger's beneficial properties.)
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the tea gently (still covered) for at least 10 - 15 minutes. The tea will darken and develop a stronger, more robust flavor as it simmers.
  7. Strain (this is optional - you can leave the ginger pieces in the tea, if you prefer), pour the delicious, aromatic Salabat into your favorite cups or mugs, and serve immediately.

Now, enjoy this superb tea! Add more water, additional sweetener, and a bit of citrus to taste, as you like. And don't forget to inhale deeply so you can enjoy ginger's amazing aromatherapy benefits, too.

As you experiment with this Salabat recipe, you may find you like more or less ginger or sweetener, and to simmer it for a shorter or longer time - it's all up to your taste buds.

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Why not try...

  • Serve Salabat with a dash of your favorite milk.
  • Chill the tea and serve it over ice.
  • Add a tablespoon or two of candied ginger or another dried fruit (such as apples, pineapple, or mango) to the saucepan before simmering the Salabat.

Instant Salabat Concentrate Recipe

Instant Salabat is available to purchase, but it's very simple to make your own instant Salabat concentrate from scratch to have on hand whenever you're ready to enjoy some of this beautifully rejuvenating beverage.

To make Salabat tea concentrate, make the recipe above, except use about double the amount of ginger and sweetener. After simmering the concentrate, cool it completely, and store it in a covered glass jar or container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Then, to make Salabat, simply combine equal parts concentrate and water (either cold or just boiled). Mix thoroughly, and add additional sweetener, milk, or citrus, as you'd like.

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Salabat is such a wonderful beverage - not only is it easy to make, but it makes your entire home smell absolutely delightful while it simmers away. And the end result is a spicy, soothing tea that nourishes your body, mind, and spirit. All good reasons to add this Salabat recipe to your tea repertoire.

And a heartfelt thank you to my Filipino friend, L., for introducing me to delicious Salabat.

Salabat is just one way to enjoy ginger tea... You'll find another hot ginger tea recipe here, or, if you love your iced tea, try this iced ginger tea recipe. And, did you know ginger tea is also incredibly beneficial when used topically, such as in a ginger tea bath or compress?  

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