If you are in a hurry right now, I’ll save you some time. To make fresh ginger tea, add hot water to some slices of fresh ginger in a mug, and let it infuse. Done.
Seriously, this is the simplest thing ever. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with making different things from scratch that I had never thought of making from scratch, and being pleasantly surprised at how EASY it is, not to mention healthier, fresher, and more delicious than pre-packaged items! This tea is certainly no exception.
I made a dressing that used fresh ginger last week, and used the peels to make this tea for the first time. I added them to a small sieve, placed it on top of a mug, and poured hot water to fill the mug so the peels were still submerged. After about two minutes, I removed the sieve and enjoyed the most delicious ginger tea I’d ever had!
I am again enjoying this tea as I write this post. This time, I sliced off some of the nubs from a piece of fresh ginger- you know, the lumpy parts that always go to waste because they are too small to grate and too annoying to peel. This is a bit easier, because the pieces of ginger can just be left in the mug while drinking rather than removing them.
I originally heard of this from a facebook post from Food Babe who, if you haven’t heard of her, is another blogger centered around healthful, natural ingredients in foods (she is the one who began the yoga-mat-material-in -bread craze of the past few weeks). Her idea: slice fresh ginger and add it to a travel mug, and when you want tea later in the day, fill it with hot water and enjoy. Genius!
The health benefits of ginger are phenomenal, the most well-known being to provide gastrointestinal relief and aide digestion. Here is a helpful link if you would like to learn all about ginger and its benefits.
I think next time I try this I’m going to add a fresh lemon slice in there as well for lemon ginger tea!