Fresh Ginger Tea

My family has a cottage in Cape Cod on a charming street made of cracked seashells and beach stones.  It sits on the bank of a calm stream that is busy with sweet families of ducks in the summer, and frozen over with a beautiful sheet of ice and snow in the winter.  Quiet bunnies hide in the bushes, and in the spring the blue Hydrangeas are in full bloom.  From the balcony on the second floor you can see the beach that is just a few blocks from our house.

But the best part of Cape Cod is that my wonderful grandma lives just 15 minutes from our cottage.  She is the sweetest, most wonderful person, with the biggest heart that you will ever meet.

Every time we fly in town, she stocks our fridge full of homemade dishes and soups, fruits, vegetables, olive tapenade, hummus, salsa, coffee creamer and her famous poppy seed cake that has a crunchy cinnamon ribbon cutting through the center of the cake.  It is really spectacular.

Last time I was up visiting, it was especially chilly out and my Grandma showed me her favorite new drink, ginger tea.  She doesn’t care for coffee anymore, so she enjoys a cup or two of ginger tea in the morning instead.

Fresh Ginger Tea | Hugs ‘n Kitchen

It is so simple, but so delicious and comforting.  All you need is fresh ginger and hot water.  Sweetener is optional.  That’s it.

Fresh Ginger Tea | Hugs ‘n Kitchen

The most tedious part is peeling the ginger.  Then you throw it in your food processor and grind it up, and you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week, so you always have some fresh ginger ready for your tea!

Fresh Ginger Tea | Hugs ‘n KitchenFresh Ginger Tea | Hugs ‘n KitchenOnce you finish your cup of tea, you can pour more hot water on top and reuse the same scoop of ginger for a second cup.

Fresh Ginger Tea | Hugs ‘n KitchenFresh Ginger Tea | Hugs ‘n Kitchen

You can eat the ginger at the bottom of your mug when you’re finished if you want, too.  It’s delightful, and oh so good for you.

Hugs, kisses + yummy dishes… xoxo
Lauren

Fresh Ginger Tea

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • YIELDS 1 cup of tea

    Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1-2 cups water
  • to taste sweetener (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Peel your ginger root with the back of a spoon or a knife.
  3. Cut the ginger into big pieces, drop into your food processor and pulse until grated.  (Store grated ginger in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge.)
  4. Scoop one tablespoon of your fresh, grated ginger into a mug.
  5. Pour the boiling water over the ginger and let it steep for a few minutes.
  6. Season with sugar, agave or honey if desired.

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