I was just writing an article about the health benefits of ginger and it brought on the most wicked intense craving for ginger tea. I’ve craved lots of things before (chocolate, chocolate, pizza, chocolate pizza) but a ginger craving was a new one for me. I was all out of ginger so I made a special trip just to get some. I now have enough ginger to make weeks worth of tea and that’s exactly what I plan to do. I’m going to try different variations of ginger tea and rate them. Below are the results, in chronological order, of all the teas I made. Some are recipes I know are tried and true, like lemon ginger, and others are unique.
Lavender Clementine Ginger Tea
I just refreshed my tea and tisane collection and one of my purchases was lavender tea. I live in a condo with very little growing space so I can’t grow enough lavender for my needs but there are some really good food quality sources online. I grated about 1/2 thumb of ginger into a teapot with 1 tsp lavender and a few pieces of clementine peel. I let it steep for about 10 minutes then poured it over two small slices of clementine which were mostly just for the show.
THE VERDICT: This tea tastes alright. I finished almost an entire pot. I don’t think I’d make it again though. Ginger and lavender are both fairly strongly flavored teas and although the flavors don’t clash, they’re both trying to be the star. Neither one of them seems willing to take a step back and play a supporting role. The clementine, by the way, didn’t even show up for opening night. The color left something to be desired as well. On their own lavender and ginger both make beautiful teas, but together it was kind of brownish green and not very appealing to look at. The photo really does it a kindness it doesn’t deserve. On a scale of one to five, I’d give this a three.
Cinnamon Ginger Tea
I went simple today in hopes of creating something that meshed together better than yesterday’s tea. A lot of Indian recipes use cinnamon so I thought it was worth a shot. I grated half an inch of ginger and added about half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon in a coffee filter. I let it steep for about 10 minutes.
THE VERDICT: This tea tastes great. Neither the ginger nor the cinnamon is overpowering. They blend together for a smooth tisane. The cinnamon seems to soothe some of the bite that ginger is known for, making this a really pleasant and enjoyable tea. This is a five out of five!
Aside: I’ve now had ginger tea every day for 6 days. I’ve read all about ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties but now I’m officially experiencing them for myself. I have chronic mild asthma inflammation and severe asthma induced coughing fits after exercising as well as that unpleasant ‘I’m dying’ feeling during exercise. Right now my lungs feel crystal clear. I ran a mile today with no discomfort. On a regular day I’m gasping and choking after a mile. My torn trapezius is also feeling… Well, not feeling. That’s great! My neck is still stiff but I work at a computer so there may be no fix for that.
Mint Ginger Tea
This tea used the regular amount of ginger and a peppermint tea bag. I grow my own mint but as of right now it’s February so I’m out. This was too minty, not gingery enough. The next time I’m at the grocery store I’ll see if there’s some fresh mint and try this again because it has potential.
**UPDATE** There just so happened to be fresh mint at the store today, and it was really fresh, good mint, not the wilted ones in the plastic boxes. This is much better than the dried mint. I used some grated ginger, 4 mint leaves (bruised) and let it sit. It still tastes mostly like mint but it mixes better with the ginger than the dried mint. So, you could say it’s mint tea with a kick. And another bonus…I got to take a whole new set of pictures because I had these pretty sprigs of mint.
THE VERDICT: It isn’t great but it has a lot of promise if I make it with fresh mint and get the proportions right. This is a 5 out of 5.
Ginger Turmeric Tea
I was eager to try this tea because I’ve heard great things about the health benefits of turmeric. In my research I found information that suggested turmeric is better absorbed if it’s eaten with fat or black pepper. I used half an inch of grated ginger, a teaspoon of turmeric powder and a dash of black pepper. After steeping for 10 minutes I served it with a splash of whole milk.
THE VERDICT: This tea tasted really good and was packed with anti-inflammatory healing power. I have no complaints about this tea. This is a 4.5 out of 5.
Honey Ginger Tea
Honey Ginger Tea is an old standby that many people swear cures colds, inflammation and anything else that ails you. You can make it the traditional way by steeping ginger in water and adding a spoonful of honey to your cup, or you can prepare an entire jar of ginger honey to use on the go or at a moment’s notice as shown here (my sister watches Korean soap operas on Netflix and she’s obsessed with all things Korean so she had to try this version). I kept a jar of ginger honey at work based on this and it lasted me about 2 weeks drinking a cup a day. It was a great idea and I’ll be doing it again.
This is the point in the Ginger Tea Chronicles that I want to address my tea sets. I thought it would be interesting to feature a different tea set in each photo set but I don’t have enough of my own (I’ve got 4). I called my sister and she agreed to lend me hers. She happens to have one of Grandma’s tea pots and quite a few of her tea cups. It feels weird drinking from her tea cups. The pot was always on the table, but these cups were put away on display in a cabinet that was specially built into the wall with glass doors. None of the teacups matched. They were each one of a kind cups that she liked. Most of my things don’t match either. Maybe that’s where I get it from. They look lovely and I’m glad I got a chance to take these photos.
THE VERDICT: 5 out of 5, but we already knew that. It isn’t an old standby for nothing!
Lemon Ginger Tea
It’s lemon. It’s ginger. It tastes like lemon and ginger. I’m skipping right to the verdict: 5 out of 5!
Ginger Jasmine Green Tea
This is one of those blends that tastes great but you have to be careful not to go overboard. The green tea can easily drown out the ginger so go a little easy on it. On my first try I brewed everything together and it was a mistake. Brew your ginger for about 8 minutes then add enough jasmine green tea for that amount of water.
THE VERDICT: I really like this tea but I like a few others better. 4.5 out of 5.
This was a really fun experiment and I look forward to doing something similar again. I got to try a lot of different teas, I discovered that all the hype about ginger as an anti-inflammatory was true and best of all, I had a lot of fun playing with tea pots 🙂 Do you have any other ginger tea recipes that I should try? Let me know in the comments!