Ginger lemon water is my favorite remedy for colds or when I have a sore throat or just not feeling well. This delicious water is infused with fresh ginger, lemon juice, and sweetened with raw honey. Although I drink it usually warm it’s also good cold, with ice cubes.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that this is a natural home remedy and this post provides no medical advice. Please do not give honey to children under 12 months of age.
Here’s what you need to make lemon ginger water:
- fresh lemon juice – lemon is a good source of vitamin C
- fresh ginger (do not substitute with ground ginger!) – ginger has plenty of health benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects
- honey – preferably raw honey for its health benefits or Manuka honey
Sometimes I also add a pinch of turmeric to this water.
I also like to add fresh basil or mint leaves if I have some leftover. Thinly sliced cucumber also works well here.
How to make lemon ginger water step by step
STEP 1: Peel the ginger and cut it into very thin slices.
I also tried to cut it into thick slices (not enough ginger flavor) and grating it (very strong ginger flavor + difficult to drink because of all of those small parts, you would need to strain it through a sieve every time before pouring it into a cup).
STEP 2: Add the ginger to a cup and add 1 cup of boiling water. Let steep for 20 minutes.
We’re letting the ginger steep to extract ginger flavor and its compounds into the drink. I like to steep it for at least 20 minutes to cool it. Adding honey to water that is too warm will remove most of its healthy compounds.
STEP 3: Add honey and stir until dissolved.
STEP 4: Add the ginger honey liquid into a large pitcher. Add lemon juice and the remaining 2 1/2 cups of warm water (just water that is pleasantly warm to drink, I like to use 1 1/2 cups of tap water and 1 cup of almost boiling water to get a good temperature). Stir to combine.
Enjoy right away!
You can drink this mixture alone (this is what I’m usually doing) or add it to your tee (if doing so – add less water so that the beverage is more concentrated).
Ginger Lemon Water
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- 1- inch (2.5 cm) piece of fresh ginger
- 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon honey preferably raw honey
- 3 1/2 cups water 850ml
- Peel the ginger and cut into thin slices. Add to 1 cup of boiling water. Let steep for 20 minutes.
- Add honey and stir until dissolved. Add to a pitcher.
- Juice 1/2 lemon (you should have about 1 1/2 tablespoons of juice) and slice the other half. Add to the pitcher.
- Add the remaining 2 1/2 cups of very warm water. Stir to combine.
- Enjoy right away!
- Stir it before using. After it sits for a while, the upper part tends to be delicate in flavor and the bottom part very ‘gingery’, when not stirred.
- Lemons can vary in sourness so adjust the amount of lemon juice and honey to your preferences.
- I also like to add fresh basil or mint leaves if I have some leftover. Thinly sliced cucumber also works well here.
- You can drink this mixture alone (this is what I’m usually doing) or add it to your tee (if doing so – add less water so that the beverage is more concentrated).
- Calories = 1/4 of the recipe (1 serving). This is only an estimate!
TCM15 February 2023 at 23:26
Can still help you when it gets cold?
Aleksandra16 February 2023 at 07:58
Yes, sure! it´s just that hot beverages have a better effect on the throat when drank hot. That being said, I also drink this water cold with ice cubes in summer, it´s very good.
Kirsten9 July 2022 at 21:24
Whether it is medicinal or not it sounds very soothing when one has a cold and refreshing as a cool summer drink. Will this keep in the refrigerator and if so, how long?
Aleksandra10 July 2022 at 06:12
Thank you! I think it will keep in the fridge for at least 3 days but we really always drink the whole batch when I make it.