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Hot lemon and ginger drink

This hot lemon and ginger drink is the best way to fight off a cold. Using fresh lemon and ginger, with the optional addition of honey, this drink requires little preparation and is packed with good stuff to warm you right up.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: International
Keyword: ginger, lemon
Servings: 1
Calories: 38kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: Cheap


  • ½ lemon
  • 1 cm fresh ginger
  • boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)


  • To each tea cup, add 2 slices of lemon and 3 slices of fresh ginger. Don’t worry about peeling the ginger. Add a little squeeze of lemon, about 1 teaspoon or the juice from ¼ lemon.
  • Fill the cup with boiling hot water, and allow it to steep for 2-3 minutes. Leave the lemon and ginger in the cup as you drink it if you like the strong flavour. You can also remove the pieces after steeping.
  • Optionally, add 1 teaspoon of honey, and stir.


Can you make this in a teapot? Absolutely. I recommend adding the ginger and lemon slices to a filter inside the teapot, although you can add them straight into the water as well.
Can I use bottled lemon juice? Yes. Add a teaspoon to each cup, stir to combine then add more to taste.
Can you omit the honey? I often make my hot lemon and ginger drink without honey as I don’t mind the sour lemony flavour. Alternatively, you can replace the honey with agave syrup or sugar.


Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg