If you're short on time, the best option for brewing up a cup of ginger tea is with high-quality, ready-made ginger tea. This saves a lot of time, as you will not need to bother with prepping fresh ginger. The taste difference between fresh and dried ginger is subtle, and many prefer the taste of dried ginger as it's a little less spicy. Using dried ginger is a better alternative to using ginger tea bags, which will often yield a flat and chalky brew.
To prepare dried ginger tea:
If you've got more time and a few inches of ginger root available, making ginger tea from fresh pieces of ginger is a vibrant option. For this, you'll need a few extra pieces of equipment: a sharp knife, a grater or zester, and a strainer.
Some people like to crush the ginger into a fine paste or juice and add it to hot water. This makes steeping time shorter but adds more prep time and effort.
To prepare fresh ginger tea:
If plain ginger tea isn't exciting enough for you, here are some pairings and preparations to elevate your ginger tea.
Apple and cinnamon sweeten the ginger tea and accentuate its warming and comforting aspects. Place a few thin pieces of apple and a 1-inch cinnamon piece to brew with your fresh or dried ginger.
The acidity of lemon juice helps diminish the spiciness of ginger, and is also very soothing to sore throats. Simply squeeze a quarter of lemon into your cup of ginger tea before consuming.
If you love ginger ale, you'll love the sweetened version of ginger tea. With its rich taste profile, maple syrup is the ideal sweetener for ginger tea. You could also use honey or stevia.
This ginger tea variety is perfect for warm days when you need a boost without the heat. To prepare, let your ginger tea cool to room temperature and add ice cubes, or place your strained ginger tea into the fridge until cool. When cool, add a few sprigs of mint to your batch.
Not for ginger tea novices! If the spiciness of the ginger isn't enough, add a generous a sprinkle of cayenne pepper into your brewed ginger tea. This combination is sure to wake you up
Combine the healing powers of tumeric with ginger for a superfood tea. Simply add a 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a cup of brewed ginger tea for an exciting taste profile and an antioxidant-rich tea.
Our dried ginger tea from Thailand is perfect for enjoying hot or cold, and with all of the recipes outlined above.
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