Basic Ginger Tea

As the global pandemic of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt grows and any sore throat, sneeze, or cough becomes a death sentence, I find the need to fight back.

The BEST THING for any disease is good healthy food, plenty of rest, and lots of liquids.


Being a bit of an introvert, I agree that “Social Distancing” and hand washing can have an overall impact in limiting the spread of a disease. And do encourage people to practice these.

I am rather annoyed at the insane level of panic being displayed by the general public. (Like really do you think you need 4 cases of toilet tissue, and 8 cases of bottled water?) It’s a disease outbreak, not the last days of civilization…


One supposes that a restriction on travel does cut down on commute time and leave that time for other things, like cooking and blogging. So one must make the best use possible of that time returned to our lives.


All that said, ginger has had a revered place in Asian medicine, and while there is no proof it actually helps in fighting disease, it does have a soothing effect.

From Wikipedia:

Ginger tea is an Asian herbal beverage that is made from ginger root. It has a long history as a traditional herbal medicine in East Asia, Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

In Korea, ginger tea is called saenggang-cha (생강차; 生薑茶, [sɛ̝ŋ.ɡaŋ.tɕʰa]). It can made either by boiling fresh ginger slices in water or mixing ginger juice with hot water. Sliced ginger preserved in honey, called saenggang-cheong, can also be mixed with hot water to make ginger tea. When using fresh ginger, the tea can be sweetened with honey, sugar, or other sweetener according to taste. Garlic, jujubes, and pear are sometimes boiled along with ginger.

Basic Ginger Tea

A herbal tea, with a long history in asian herbal medicine. Hot, soothing, and delicious
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Chinese, Korean, Thai
Servings 2 Cups
Calories 55 kcal


  • 16 fl oz Water
  • 1 piece ginger 2-3" peeled / sliced thin
  • Honey to taste
  • 1 tbsp Lemon zest
  • 1 shot Bourbon Good, but not great stuff here.


  • add water, ginger, zest to small saucepan
  • Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer
  • Simmer 5-10 minutes, depending on taste
  • Strain into cups
  • Add honey / bourbon to taste


  • A stick of cinnamon
  • Sprigs of mint
add these to the simmer, and strain
  • Lemon Slice
  • Lemon Juice
Add to cups and strain tea into them
Once can also brew classic tea and add ginger slices to the pot.


Calories: 55kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 13mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 7mg
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  Filed under: Asian, Drink, Korean, Liquor, Vegan, Vegetarian

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