I love drinking ginger tea regularly. It gives me a little perk-me-up, plus soothes my throat.
Ginger tea is super easy to make, though you need to do a little preparation first. Here’s how I make mine.
What you need:
- fresh ginger roots
- honey and sugar (brown or white) mixture — I prefer a 1:1 ratio
- a glass jar big enough for the roots and honey and sugar mixture
- a mandolin slicer (or a knife)
- a mixing bowl
- Wash the ginger roots and scrape off any dark spots and/or bruises, etc. You may peel the ginger if you want.
- Slice the ginger very thinly. I use a mandolin slicer for this. (Collect the ginger juice during this process if you can, but don’t worry about it too much.)
- Dump the ginger slices into a mixing bowl.
- Pour the honey and sugar mixture over the ginger. You should have enough to cover the ginger slices completely. Mix well. (FYI — Ginger to honey/sugar is about a 1:1 ratio, volume-wise.)
- Put everything in the jar and store it in the fridge.
This mixture will last, like, forever so long as you keep it in fridge air-tight. The flavor’s the best after about one week, but you can make tea with the mixture almost immediately if you don’t want to wait that long.
To make the tea (a 1-person portion) —
In a pot, put enough water for one person and 1 tablespoonful of the ginger roots from the jar. You may add some of the sweet liquid from the jar into the pot if you want. This will make the tea sweeter. Bring the water to boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes. Toss the ginger roots away and serve immediately.
If you want your tea stronger, add more ginger roots next time.
P.S. The honey / sugar / ginger slices mixture in the jar can be used to make a ginger glaze when you cook. :)