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Ginger Lemon Tea Benefits + Recipe

Ginger Lemon Tea, simply crafted from ginger root and lemon juice, has been a healing staple for centuries, tracing its origins back to ancient China and India. And while it tastes like a warm ray of sunshine, the health benefits of this delectable concoction extend far beyond its enticing flavors. This post shares some of the Ginger Lemon Tea Benefits and my recipe for quick, make-ahead ginger lemon tea, hot or iced.

Do you have routines that you do every morning to help your mind and body best prepare for the day ahead?  I am a creature of habit; I wake up early (like 5 am) when it’s just Flora and Peep and me roaming about the house.  I work out, walk with my mom, empty the dishwasher, and start the day.

By waking up at 5 am, I know I have a good 2 hours before the rest of the house is awake…which in and of itself is a good and wonderful thing. One of the ‘habits’ I have tried to develop over the years is to have a cup of warm ginger lemon tea first thing in the morning.

ginger lemon tea has many health benefits:

There are so many positive health benefits to this combination of two simple and common ingredients!

Lemon and ginger

Please note I am not a medical authority. My information on ginger lemon tea is from research that I’ve done on the internet, not in a lab. Seek guidance from your doctor if you have questions or concerns about drinking ginger lemon tea on a regular basis.

Drinking lemon ginger tea consistently has been associated with various health benefits. This bright and sunny tea, rich in antioxidants and bioactive compounds, has long been celebrated for boosting the immune system. Indeed, the powerhouse blend of ginger and lemon, each packed with its array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, forms an effective natural defense against common pathogens.

Lemon, a citrus fruit renowned for its high vitamin C content, and ginger, a root with potent anti-inflammatory properties, combine to stimulate white blood cell production, fortifying the body’s natural defenses. This is particularly beneficial during the cold and flu season when a robust immune response can mean the difference between a swift recovery and weeks of battling a sore throat and a runny nose.

The benefits of ginger lemon tea are not limited to boosting immunity. For many, drinking lemon ginger tea is a potent remedy for nausea and digestive troubles. Ginger, with its naturally occurring compounds called gingerols and shogaols, has been shown to soothe upset stomachs, reduce nausea, and aid digestion. Lemon juice, on the other hand, helps to stimulate and cleanse the liver, promoting detoxification and optimal digestive function.

Those seeking weight loss might find an ally in ginger lemon tea. The zesty, spicy brew has been associated with an increased metabolic rate and a feeling of satiety. This helps to curb unnecessary snacking and overeating. Moreover, adding a splash of apple cider vinegar can help regulate blood sugar levels, further supporting weight management efforts.

my ginger lemon tea shortcut

But, if I’m perfectly honest, health benefits notwithstanding, grating fresh ginger and squeezing lemons every morning for my Ginger Lemon Tea is not something I will regularly do, even though I know it makes me feel better.

Enter my Ginger Lemon Tea cubes! I’ve been on a cubed food kick for a bit, and this was another great candidate for the cubed treatment.

reduce food waste

Not only are these lemon ginger cubes delicious, healthy and help me get the water I need on a daily basis, but they are a great way to reduce food waste. If you need to zest a lemon for a recipe, go ahead and juice the lemon or freeze it until you are ready to juice it.

Once you remove the zest, lemons (and all citrus fruit) dry out much quicker. So, go ahead and juice them before they do dry out.

This lemon pepper seasoning is the perfect example! When I make lemon pepper seasoning, I go one step further and juice the lemons and freeze the cubes, either with or without added ginger. I do the same for limes when I need lime zest.

how to make ginger lemon tea cubes

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First, I juice lemons. I typically grab my simple lemon juicer if it is just a couple of lemons. But, if I’m juicing a pound or more, I’ll bring out the electric citrus juicer.

Then, I grate the ginger using my microplane zester/grater. There will be ginger pulp in the cubes and, therefore, in the bottom of your cup. I don’t mind; I am happy to get my fiber anywhere I can! But you can use ginger juice if you’d prefer to skip the pulp.

Then, I add the ginger pulp/juice to the lemon juice and pour the juice into silicone cube trays. We use these trays frequently! Each cube holds about 2 tablespoons.

By having the ingredients in a cube form, all I need to do each morning is pop one in my class of boiling water, in my hot green tea, or in a glass of iced water.

Silicone Ice Cube Trays

favorite cube tray

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how to enjoy these ginger lemon tea cubes

These Ginger Lemon Tea Cubes dissolve quickly and cool the water down to the point where, if I want, I could add some honey to boost the drink further (especially in the spring when I use local honey to help ward off seasonal allergies). I don’t mind the ginger pulp at the bottom of my cup, but if it bothers you, you can use ginger juice.

I stash these ginger lemon tea cubes in my freezer year-round.

In the winter, I add them to my hot tea in the morning or a cup of hot water in the afternoon. It’s great for warming you up without caffeine.

Lemon Ginger Tea Cube in a tea cup.

Year-round I add them to the giant cup of water I drink all day.

Variations to these ginger lemon tea cubes

  • Add honey to the cubes before you freeze them or to your beverage after you’ve added the frozen cubes. Honey does not lose its beneficial qualities when frozen.
  • Grate and add some turmeric to your cubes for a boost of anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, and other benefits. A dash of black pepper increases the bioavailability of turmeric.
  • Add some apple cider vinegar to the cubes before you freeze them.
  • Add some fresh mint and honey to the mixture before your freeze the cubes. Alternatively, add a cube or two to a cup of mint tea and honey for a knock-off of the Starbucks Medicine Ball.
  • Add a frozen ginger lemon cube to a black or green tea cup.
Lemon and ginger

Ginger Lemon Tea Cubes

lynn
Make a batch of frozen ginger lemon tea cubes and its easy to make a cup of healthy ginger lemon 'tea' every morning.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverage Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8 or 15 cubes
Calories 8 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • An 8-inch piece of ginger 1″ in diameter
  • 10 fresh lemons
  • Room temperature water optional

Instructions
 

  • Option 1
  • Peel and grate the ginger
  • Juice the fresh lemons into a 1-cup measuring cup
  • Add ginger to the lemon juice.
  • Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
  • Option 2
  • Add fresh ginger and lemon juice to a blender and blend to combine.
  • Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
  • Option 3
  • You can dilute your ginger lemon cubes with a bit of water to make bigger (2 tbs) cubes or more cubes, totally up to you.
  • Peel and grate the ginger.
  • Juice the fresh lemons into a 2-cup measuring cup
  • Add water to make 2 cups of liquid
  • Add ginger to the lemon juice.
  • Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.

Notes

I use these lemon ginger cubes year-round, in hot water and cold.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 8kcalCarbohydrates: 3gSodium: 1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
Keyword Ginger, lemon, tea
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52 Comments

  1. I love the health benefits and being good to yourself! Thank you! I just need to get some ginger! 🙂

    1. Hi Ruth! Thanks for coming by today. I have been going through my cubes at a very brisk pace lately, I need to get some more ginger as well. Today I made a cup of it, let it chill down and poured it over some ice cubes with some mint. So refreshing for a warmer day.
      Wishing you a lovely week.
      Hugs, Lynn

  2. We are so much alike! I love getting up early to have that special me time in peace and getting ahead of things and starting the day quietly. Except that I have a glass of lemon water, without the ginger, and after my cup of cappuccino. We always boil ginger and drink it as tea with honey, I had no idea to mix it with lemon and the cube idea is just brilliant! Perfect for early mornings! Do you think I could throw the ginger root in the nutribullet blender? I don’t have a grater, but I will get one tomorrow if it’s what I need for this! Love this and I love ginger! Thanks for another great tip Lynn! Happy Monday night!

    1. Hi friend,
      I take being similar to you quite a compliment…thanks! I am really not familiar with a nutribullet, but I’d surely go ahead and give it a try. Do you have zester? That’s probably more similar to what I used. The only thing I’d say is that with the nutribullet, you might have more fibers in your tea. That doesn’t bother me and I actually try to consume them as well. But do check back and let me know how the nutribullet works. I’m curious.
      Thanks Katrin.
      Hugs, Lynn

      1. Hi Lynn, so I tried and put the previously boiled ginger root in my nutri bullet, it’s like a blender… and it turned out quite intersting! Very strong, but really good! My hubby loves the idea as well! Thanks for sharing this great tip at Sweet Inspiration #6!

        1. So glad Katrin…is it stringy? When I tried it in my blender it was rather stringy…which didn’t bother me but might some people. Oh…and I didn’t boil the ginger before hand. Wonder how the boiled is different.

          1. Reading this was INSANE because I do this exact same morni g routine… right down to the honey! I figured out that if you slice the ginger with a mandoline before blending it in the lemon juice and water it completely disintegrates.

          2. Hi Ashlee,

            Brilliant idea to handle the ginger! Thanks so much for sharing it. I’m curious, do you think it aids your digestion as well? If nothing else, it is a good way to wake up your system.

            Thanks so much for writing in. I wonder what other habits we have in common!

            Hugs, Lynn

  3. I love your idea of ready made frozen cubes! I would use those during the day to flavor my water. Like you, I love to wake early, but don’t function well for a while. Usually a cup or two off coffee:)

    1. Hi Wendi…just today I boiled some water, added a cube and when it cooled poured it over some ice and fresh mint. So refreshing. Think this may be my summertime drink.
      Thanks for stopping by today.
      Hugs, Lynn

  4. Clever idea using the cubes! Even if I wake up early I find it helpful to have all the prep work done for any morning activities or breakfast items.

    1. I’m with you Liz…don’t tax me too much in the morning. I also like to make my breakfast in advance, usually on Sunday, for the rest of the week. Don’t want to jump into the ‘busy’ any sooner than I have to.
      Thanks for swinging by today.
      Hugs, Lynn

  5. Good Evening Lynn! The ginger/lemon cubes sound like a wonderful taste & I am an avid tea drinker for all seasons! But, I am not an early riser! My kids are long out of the house. I am retired, but my husband still has a job & is gone whenever I wake up, which is usually not til after 10! (I have insomnia these days so usually up til at least 2! ~ any suggestions for that?!) …Going to the store 2morrow, I can’t wait to try this lovely tea! Thanx for the unique & easy recipe!

    1. Hi Becky…I am so sorry to hear about your insomia…I’ll tell you my secret to combat insomnia…but you need to have an open mind. There is a podcast called “Sleep With Me”. The podcaster really just drones on about nonsense, or he drones on while reading articles. I really struggled with insomnia, but now when I wake up, I put this podcast on and it really works! But a warning…it’s a little odd and there has been some ‘language’ that I didn’t anticipate. But most of the time I’m sleeping so I don’t pay attention to it. My favorite episodes, which I just play over and over, are his ‘Game of Drones’, a review of the show ‘Game of Thrones’. Just for what it’s worth.
      As it relates to my ginger/lemon cubes…they are proving to be one of my favorite brainstorms. Getting ready to make another batch..May add mint this time.
      Good luck with your sleep.
      Hugs, Lynn

  6. I love the cube idea, it would make it so much easier for those early morning. Work days I’m up at 1:30, and on my days off I’m usually up by 4:00-4:30. This sounds like a great way to start the day. Sometimes I wake with a upset stomach so the ginger would help that. I bought some lemon today now I need to go get some ginger. Thank you for sharing, I’m going to try your cubes.

    Have a wonderful day!
    Linda

    1. Linda…what the heck? You wake up at 1:30 am? I’m curious what your ‘day job’ is that you need to wake up so early. In any event, this cubes are the way to go for then. Boil your water, grab a cube and you have a healthy way to wake up your body each morning. Stop back and let me know if you love cubes as much as I do.
      Wishing you a lovely weekend, when you can sleep in until 4:00! (lazy you!)
      Hugs, Lynn

      1. Hi Lynn! Yes 1:30 am. I work at the DFW airport. I have an hour commute one way, then have to catch a bus from employee parking to take to the terminals. I made your ginger cubes but this morning I think I poured in to much water, it was a little weak. Other then that it was good. Tomorrow I’ll use less water. Have a great weekend!

        1. Wow Linda…crazy schedule. I don’t know how you have time for all your ‘kreations!’ Anyway, you just reminded me that I probably need to add to my post that my teacup is about 2 cups, so I use one cube for 2 cups of hot water. I guess it is a matter of taste how strong you like your ‘tea’, maybe 2 cubes next time?

  7. Lynn, I am so impressed with your healthy routine. I drink sweet iced tea all day ~ Southern girl that I am. I wish I could be more disciplined. Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Design.

    1. Oh yes…I”m in sweet tea land here in North Carolina too. Haven’t fallen into that habit, but do love my green tea…and my ginger lemon tea. I’ve been making it with mint lately…perfect over ice for the warmer months.
      Wishing you a fantastic weekend.
      Hugs, Lynn

  8. I never would have thought of making this up into cubes! You make it sound so simple to put together, and I love the idea that it’s all ready to go whenever I need or want it. Thank you for such a wonderful suggestion!

    1. Hi Melanie…the cubes are the BOMB! they make everything so much easier in the morning. I’v been pouring the ‘tea’ over ice cubes and mint now that it is getting warmer…really delicious. Hope you gie them a try and enjoy them as much as I do.
      Wishing you a lovely weekend.
      Hugs, Lynn

  9. I love ginger in hot water, but I don’t have it very often due to the grating of the ginger for each cup! This is brilliant! You are definitely the go to for figuring out how to have something stored for easier use, and these cubes are the best idea, ever. So many things that I need to prepare and freeze, I love all of your ideas. Especially this one and frozen herbs. This summer I am going to utilize your fabulous ideas when harvesting the garden. Thanks so much for sharing this, I had never seen this talked about before. And it’s a great way to use the garden produce or have a healthy cup of ginger tea!

    1. Hey there friend, these ginger lemon cubes are the greatest! I just used up my last one this morning, so need to get in cube making mode ASAP! I have been adding to some ice cubes and chopped mint…makes a lovely refreshing drink for these warmer months as well.
      Thanks for swinging by today.
      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Hi Laura, I have heard about the benefit of drinking cider vinegar and honey, but I haven’t really tried it yet. I would think you could freeze the lemon juice and vinegar in a cube and add the honey in at the end. I know that honey loses some of its beneficial properties if heated too much and I wonder if the same holds true if it is frozen? But even if you just froze the lemon juice and apple cider, that would surely expedite your morning routine. Thanks for swinging by today.
      Hugs, Lynn

  10. Silly question…once you have your cubes, are you just popping one in a cup and microwaving it or what? Thanks so much!! Cathy

    1. Hi Cathy,

      In the winter, I boil my water and then just pop one in. But they are also very refreshing dropped in a glass of cold water too!

      And don’t you know, there is no such thing as a silly question!

      Thanks for asking and hope you have a great weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  11. Lynn, these are perfect! I am like you, I don’t want to be squeezing and making this each day! Gonna make this soon, my son with his sinus issues with swimming these would be ideal!

    Love you!
    Kathleen

    1. Good Morning Vanessa,

      Yes! They do keep for quite some time. I make them in bulk and usually take a month to get through them.

      I hope you enjoy them.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

  12. Lynn, I, too, drink ginger/lemon tea with honey and love it warm! I haven’t done it with the cubes, but plan on integrating this into my schedule to make it more beneficial for my time! I also think the ginger/lemon cubes would do well for people who do smoothies! The ginger would add an interesting “zest” to the flavor and increase the benefits!

    Cilinda

    1. Hi Cilinda,

      I hadn’t thought to add to smoothies, but they are great to add to cool or hot water. I drink it most days.

      The cubes make it so easy.

      Have a great day,

      Lynn

  13. I use my frozen ginger lemon cubes to a tea ball and add a spearmint tea bag and some honey you then have a medicine ball drink from Starbucks.

    1. Theresa!

      You are brilliant! I am so doing that! I’m embarrassed to admit that I went out and bought all the stuff for a medicine ball as I had ginger lemon cubes in my freezer! Argh! I can’t wait to share your brainstorm.

      Thanks for sharing it.

      Hugs, Lynn

  14. Lemon, ginger, turmeric, apple, cranberry, cinnamon, little bit of salt/pepper and some coconut oil into boiled water. Simmered for a bit to extract the juice from all the yummy fruits. Strained to rid the pulp and made the ice cubes! Delicious 🙂 You can let your imagination soar with these tea recipes!!!

    1. Wow, that sounds delightful! I wouldn’t have thought to add the coconut oil! Then do you add it to hot water for a tea? Guess you could leave the oil out for a cool drink. Thanks for the ideas.

  15. Rather than juicing the lemons I peeled them and puréed them with the ginger and a bit of water. The extra pulp adds flavour and fibre. Delicious.
    Zested the peel and keep that in the freezer for other recipes.

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