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Lemon Ginger Cinnamon Tea

This homemade lemon ginger cinnamon tea is great to warm up on a cold day and an excellent recipe when you’re feeling under the weather. It’s easy to make with 5 ingredients and great for soothing a sore throat.

Try our immunity booster shots and elderberry syrup for more health benefits.

mug of lemon ginger cinnamon tea garnished with a lemon slice and cinnamon stick.

Tasty lemon ginger and cinnamon tea

This homemade lemon ginger cinnamon tea is the perfect to warm up and soothe a sore throat or cold.

The recipe is super easy to make. Just steep the cinnamon, ginger, and lemon peel, and then stir in the honey and lemon juice.

Lemon juice boosts immunity, ginger and cinnamon reduce inflammation, and honey boasts antimicrobial properties.

Plus, Cinnamon ginger tastes so good, a little zesty, a little sweet, and a whole lot delicious.

I love sitting with this cozy drink under a comfy blanket and reading a good book. So relaxing!

Lavender tea, lavender milk, and pink moon milk are more cozy drinks we love to sip.

lemon ginger cinnamon tea ingredients.

Ingredients

See the recipe card below for exact measurements to make this ginger lemon peel and cinnamon tea.

  • Filtered water is the base of the recipe.
  • Ginger: I love using fresh ginger root for this cinnamon and lemon tea recipe. You need 2 slices for 1 per cup of tea. Ginger is said to provide numerous health benefits, aid digestion, and help fight the flu and common cold (source).
  • Cinnamon sticks infuse the tea with a cozy, warm aroma. Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and may have anti-inflammatory properties (source). You can also use ground cinnamon (please see the variations section below).
  • Honey: I recommend pure or raw honey because it contains lots of beneficial nutrients like pollen, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and antioxidants. Honey is only suitable for children over 12 months old (source).
  • Lemon juice + peel: We use lemon peel to infuse the tea with a delicious lemon flavor. Fresh lemon juice is a powerhouse of vitamin C, other vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber (source). Try to avoid using bottled juice.

How to make lemon ginger cinnamon tea

step 1 bring water to a boil.

1. Bring the water to a boil

Pour the water into a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once boiling, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for 3 minutes.

step 2 infuse ginger, cinnamon and lemon peel.

2. Steep cinnamon, ginger, and lemon peel

Carefully place the lemon peel, cinnamon stick, and ginger slices in the hot water. Set aside to infuse and cool down a bit, about 10 to 20 minutes.

step 3 add lemon juice and honey.

3. Add lemon juice and honey

Once the tea is lukewarm, add the lemon juice and honey. Stir until the honey is dissolved in the warm liquid.

Remove the lemon peel, cinnamon sticks, and ginger slices before drinking. You can enjoy this drink warm as tea or let it cool and serve it as lemon ginger cinnamon water.

Tips

  • Good quality ingredients: Try to use the best ingredients you can get your hands on. Ideally, opt for organic lemons and pure honey without added sugar. Some commercial honey undergoes ultrafiltration, which removes many beneficial nutrients.
  • Steep time: The longer you steep the ingredients, the stronger and more complex the lemon honey tea will taste. I recommend at least 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Watch the temperatures: The vitamins and antioxidants in lemon juice and honey react sensitive to heat and can lose their effectiveness. Make sure the tea is lukewarm, not steaming hot, before you stir in the citrus juice and honey.
  • Mild lemon flavor: If you are sensitive to tart citrus juice, omit the lemon juice and use only the lemon peel. The lemon peel will lace the tea with delicious lemon aroma but without the tartness lemon juice creates.
  • Add baking soda: In case your lemon ginger tea turns out too sour, dissolve a pinch of baking soda in the drink. Baking soda is a base and counteracts the tartness of the citric acid in lemon juice.
  • Adjust sweetness: I find 1 tablespoon of honey per cup provides the perfect amount of sweetness. However, you can use 1/2 tablespoon for a less sweet taste, or 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons for a sweeter lemon tea.
  • More servings: As written, the recipe makes one serving of ginger cinnamon tea. You can double, triple, or quadruple the amounts if you’re making this for your family and want more servings.
pot of lemon ginger cinnamon tea recipe on a wooden board.

Variations

  • Other sweeteners: Maple syrup, agave syrup, and date syrup are good substitutes for honey in this lemon ginger cinnamon tea recipe.
  • Orange: Swap the lemon for orange peel and freshly squeezed orange juice. Orange tastes milder than lemon and is a great option for children.
  • Ground cinnamon: Substitute 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon if you don’t have cinnamon sticks. Whisk the ground cinnamon into the hot water so distributes evenly.
  • Spices: You can add your favorite spices to this lemon cinnamon tea. Cloves, cardamom pods, star anise, or allspice pods taste delicious in this tea.
  • Turmeric: Steep a few slices of fresh turmeric in the lemon cinnamon ginger water or add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Herbs: Infuse a sprig of fresh mint, thyme, or rosemary in the ginger cinnamon tea. Herbs impart delicious flavor and are said to soothe common cold symptoms.
  • Elderberries: For an additional immune boost, add 1 tablespoon of dried elderberries when steeping the ingredients. Elderberries are rich in antioxidants, which provide antioxidants and vitamins.
  • Hot toddy: For an adult-only hot toddy, add 1 to 2 ounces of good-quality whiskey or bourbon when steeping the cinnamon and ginger.

Serving suggestions

If you need some more recipes to aid you get through a sickness, make a pot of chicken noodle soup, white chicken chili, and apple raisin oatmeal.

Homemade cough drops can help relieve a sore throat, while these elderberry gummies can support the immune system during cold and flu season.

I also love to drink a pomegranate plunge smoothie or sunrise sunset smoothie for an extra boost of nutrients and vitamins.

3 mugs of ginger lemon cinnamon water.

Make-ahead & storage

Make ginger cinnamon lemon tea ahead of time

Lemon ginger cinnamon tea is a great recipe to prepare in advance and enjoy later.

I often cook a batch and let it cool on the counter overnight. The ingredients will continue to infuse the tea, and the flavor is incredible.

Brew the tea as instructed, then allow it to cool completely. Once cold, remove the cinnamon sticks, ginger slices, and lemon peel. Then, transfer the tea into a bottle and seal it airtight.

Store the tea in the refrigerator and consume within 5 days.

You can gently reheat the tea over low heat until just warm. Be careful not to simmer or boil the tea.

You can also enjoy the drink cold and serve it as lemon ginger cinnamon water.

Store ginger lemon cinnamon tea

If you have leftover lemon tea, let it fully cool. Then, cover the saucepan tightly with plastic wrap or decant the tea into a sealable jar or bottle.

Store the tea in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.

Health disclaimer

The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not substitute professional medical advice.

Lemon cinnamon tea can promote well-being and support the immune system but is not a replacement for conventional medicine and isn’t meant to cure any illness.

Please do not make or use this recipe if you have any health conditions before consulting with your medical caregiver.

lemon ginger cinnamon tea.

Lemon Ginger Cinnamon Tea Recipe

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

This homemade lemon ginger cinnamon tea is great to warm up on a cold day and an excellent recipe when you’re feeling under the weather. It’s easy to make with 5 ingredients and great for soothing a sore throat.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/8 cups / 250 ml / 9 fl oz filtered water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 slices of fresh ginger
  • peel of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil. Pour the water into a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once boiling, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for 3 minutes.
  2. Steep cinnamon, ginger, and lemon peel. Carefully place the lemon peel, cinnamon stick, and ginger slices in the hot water. Set aside to infuse and cool down a bit, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. Add lemon juice and honey. Once the tea is lukewarm, add the lemon juice and honey. Stir until the honey is dissolved in the warm liquid.
    Note: High heat can destroy the beneficial nutrients in lemon juice and honey. Don’t add these ingredients to hot tea, but wait until the tea is lukewarm, between 98-109°F / 37-43°C.
  4. Serve. Remove the lemon peel, cinnamon sticks, and ginger slices before drinking. You can enjoy this drink warm as tea or let it cool and serve it as lemon ginger cinnamon water.

Notes

Tips

  • Good quality ingredients: Try to use the best ingredients you can get your hands on. Ideally, opt for organic lemons and pure honey without added sugar. Some commercial honey undergoes ultrafiltration, which removes many beneficial nutrients.
  • Steep time: The longer you steep the ingredients, the stronger and more complex the lemon honey tea will taste. I recommend at least 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Watch the temperatures: The vitamins and antioxidants in lemon juice and honey react sensitive to heat and can lose their effectiveness. Make sure the tea is lukewarm, not steaming hot, before you stir in the citrus juice and honey.
  • Mild lemon flavor: If you are sensitive to tart citrus juice, omit the lemon juice and use only the lemon peel. The lemon peel will lace the tea with delicious lemon aroma but without the tartness lemon juice creates.
  • Add baking soda: In case your lemon ginger tea turns out too sour, dissolve a pinch of baking soda in the drink. Baking soda is a base and counteracts the tartness of the citric acid in lemon juice.
  • Adjust sweetness: I find 1 tablespoon of honey per cup provides the perfect amount of sweetness. However, you can use 1/2 tablespoon for a less sweet taste, or 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons for a sweeter lemon tea.
  • More servings: As written, the recipe makes one serving of ginger cinnamon tea. You can double, triple, or quadruple the amounts if you’re making this for your family and want more servings.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g

FAQ

Can cinnamon ginger tea help to lose weight?

Ginger and lemon juice are said to aid with weight loss, but I wouldn’t call this recipe a weight-loss tea.
 
A meta-analysis of 14 studies showed that ginger intake may decrease body weight (source).
 
Some plant compounds in lemon may also prevent weight gain, but this effect has been only studied on animals, not humans (source).

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