Homemade Ginger Tea

by Mama Chocolate on February 3, 2012

from reader Amanda of Journey Chronicles

While we were visiting them one evening, Amanda served me this tea and I loved it! At the time, I wasn’t pregnant yet, but I suspected that it would come in handy for quelling nausea and for some of my pregnancy-related digestion issues…and it has!

I recommend this tea for anyone, but especially for pregnant mamas. I have trouble getting enough fluids during pregnancy, especially the early months when I am queasy a lot of the time. For whatever reason, plain water just doesn’t sit very well for me, but this ginger tea actually makes me feel better, while at the same time helping me to stay hydrated.

Homemade Ginger Tea

  • 1-2 Tb fresh grated ginger, (see my ginger-peeling tip below)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tb cloves
  • 1.5-2 quarts water

I’m pretty sure I first saw this tip on America’s Test Kitchen’s website, but wherever it was, before you make this tea, you need to know about it. I used to peel my ginger with a vegetable peeler or a knife. You inevitably lose a lot of the ginger “meat” that way.

The solution?

Use a spoon! Sounds a little weird and, perhaps, ineffective, but it works! The peel is so thin, it scrapes off easily and you don’t take off any of the ginger in the process!

After you’ve grated your ginger, toss it, together with the cloves and cinnamon stick into your teapot with the water.

Bring it to a boil and then turn down the heat to let it simmer for about 10 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea. (It may take some experimenting to decide how you like it.)

Use a sieve (or cheesecloth) to strain the tea as you pour it into your cup, and…enjoy!

After my first cup, I usually let the remaining tea continue to steep (off the heat) for a good hour or more. I strain this stronger tea into a quart jar to keep in the fridge as a concentrate.

When I want it later, I boil some more water on the stove, fill my cup with half concentrate, half boiling water and it is ready to drink immediately, at the perfect temperature and concentration!

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Amber February 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

Very similar to the chai I make. We drink chai all the time. The main ingredient we add is cardamom pods. Yum!
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Amanda Evans February 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

This tea is also great for a winter cough–that’s when I started making it. It’s so soothing on a soar throat!
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Nicole @ Some Call It Natural February 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

That’s great that you found something to help you with your morning sickness! I will have to try this next time we are feeling under the weather.
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Tree February 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm

This sounds so good.. and great for a tummy ache!! Ginger is very soothing. Gonna try this for sure.
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