Can I use ground ginger to make ginger tea?
Yes, you can use ground ginger to make ginger tea if you do not have fresh ginger. To do so, please use 4 teaspoons of ginger powder instead of 4 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger, and decrease the steeping time in the directions to 5-10 minutes.
Can I make ginger tea with samovar?
Yes, you can make ginger tea in a samovar. To do so, just follow the directions above but use samovar instead of a double tea kettle.
Does ginger tea help bowel movement?
As a natural laxative, ginger tea encourages bowel movement.
Ginger Tea Recipe
Is there anything like warming and soothing tea on these cold winter days? So, let’s make some ginger tea to accompany you while watching the falling snow outside!
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If cinnamon tea is the first to come to mind while daydreaming about a warming and soothing drink during winter days, ginger tea is the second. Ginger tea is as nutritious and delicious as it is beneficial to the immune system to fight the flu and common cold. It is the perfect beverage for winter along with cinnamon tea.
Ginger is a flowering plant that comes from the same family with cardamom, another spice used in many recipes. What we see in the grocery store as ginger is the roots of the ginger plant.
Ginger plants originated in Southeast Asia. It is known as the first spice that was exported from Asia to Europe. Today ginger is used worldwide as spice for either culinary or medicinal purposes.
Ginger is rich in antioxidants and helps reduce inflammation in the body. It shows antimicrobial properties and has often been used to treat common cold and flu in folk medicine.
Ginger tea is commonly made by simmering fresh ginger in a pot on the stove. However, the recipe below describes how to make ginger tea by steeping using a double tea kettle, a traditional Turkish tea kettle. Making ginger tea in a double tea kettle yields a flavorful but mild ginger tea. Boiling ginger directly can result in a very thick and unpleasant-to-drink tea. Boiling temperature also causes some vitamins in ginger to lose their beneficial value. Making ginger tea in a double tea kettle is the perfect alternative to boiling. It yields a pleasing tea while preserving the nutritional value of ginger.
Now, let’s move on to the ginger tea recipe below and enjoy a cup of warming and soothing drink!
85 oz (2.5 L) water (27 oz for steeping), filtered or bottled if tap water is of poor quality
4 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped in small pieces or grated
A double tea kettle
Some honey or sugar for sweetening (optional)
Add water to the lower kettle, and put it on the stove to boil. The amount of water should be at least at the capacity of the upper teapot since we will use this water to steep ginger pieces.
Once the water is boiled, add fresh ginger to the upper teapot and pour the boiling water over it. The amount of water you pour should be 27 oz (0.8 L) if you put 4 tablespoons of ginger (approximately 1 tablespoon per cup of water). If your teapot is larger and you want to make more ginger tea, please increase the amount of water and ginger accordingly.
Add more water into the lower kettle, put it on the stove to boil, place the upper teapot over it, and close its lid.
Once the water is boiled, wait 15-20 minutes for ginger to release all its flavor into the water. You can check the taste to decide whether it is steeped sufficiently.
Once the ginger tea is ready, prepare the teacups and pour the infusion in the upper teapot as much as you want, and then fill the rest of the cups with the boiling water from the bottom kettle. You can adjust the taste of ginger tea by adjusting the amount of infusion you pour into the teacups.
You can add lemon or orange juice or sweeten it with honey or sugar at this point if you want.
Your soothing and warming ginger tea is ready!
RECIPE NOTES FOR GINGER TEA:
This recipe is to make pure ginger tea but you can add 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 teaspoon of fennel or cardamom, lemon slices etc. into it to have a more versatile tea full of benefits to strengthen the body against winter.
Please keep in mind that water quality directly affects the tea taste. Ginger has a strong flavor so you feel less of the imperfections in the water while drinking it, but you should use quality water to get the perfect flavor.
You can change the amount of fresh ginger you put into the water according to your preference. The more ginger you add, the stronger the flavor becomes, and vice versa. On the other hand, you can also adjust the taste of your ginger tea by adding some hot water from the lower kettle to the infusion while filling the teacups.
HOW TO SERVE GINGER TEA:
You can serve ginger tea in a porcelain teacup with a saucer or in a regular tea mug. It is served warm. You can add some lemon or orange juice for a more refreshing taste, and use honey to sweeten it.