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One of my small pleasures in life is a cup of tea in the afternoon. Through the seasons, even on the hottest days of summer, there is nothing better than a warm cup of tea. But what makes it extra special is when it’s homemade. This ginger mint tea recipe is one of my newfound favorites. The balance of refreshing flavors mixed with the sweetness of a good honey is unparalleled.
This ginger mint tea has numerous benefits for body and mind. It also only requires four ingredients: ginger root, mint leaves, honey, and water.
The power couple: ginger & mint
Ginger has been in the spotlight in recent years for its healthful properties. Ginger root is an anti-inflammatory, which also helps to calm stomach issues, including nausea, and even aids in potentially preventing some diseases, like cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Mint is also known for its ability to soothe digestive issues and combat inflammation. The power-packed combination of these two makes this ginger mint tea an excellent choice if you’re experiencing any discomfort in the gastrointestinal region.
I love raw honey as a sweetener. It’s touted for being “less bad than sugar,” but honey also brings a few benefits of its own to the table. Raw honey can provide antioxidants that help protect you from cell damage, offer prebiotic properties that help aid digestion, and has been shown to have anticancer properties potentially. Honey also has a lower GI value than sugar, which means it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels as quickly.
I am a huge proponent of adding sweetener yourself because it’s easy to see that you don’t need much to give your drink (or dish) a little added kick of sweetness. This recipe only uses 1/2 teaspoon of honey (roughly 2-3g of sugar), and that has proven to be more than enough.
Kabob’ing the ingredients
I prefer to keep my ingredients together instead of letting them float loosely in the tea. This makes it easier to drink and also makes it easy to stop steeping if the flavor is strong enough. I use wooden kabob sticks* from grilling, but I have my eye on these bamboo kabob skewers* that are only 6 inches and so won’t stick out from the top of the teacup as much.
I hope you find this ginger mint tea as soothing and delicious as I do! If you try it and love it, please tell me in the comments! Enjoy!
Soothing Ginger Mint Tea
- 12-14 oz water
- 8-12 mint leaves
- 1/2 tsp raw honey
- 1 oz fresh ginger root
- Put tea on to boil in a kettle
- Cut off approximately 1 oz of ginger from the root and peel
- Rinse ginger root (failure to do this could result in bits of ginger root floating about in your tea)
- Rinse mint leaves, if necessary
- Slice ginger root into 1/8 inch slices lengthwise
- Add ginger root and mint leaves to bottom of kabob alternating with one piece of ginger root and 3-4 mint leaves
- Add kabob to teacup and pour over water when hot
- Add 1/2 tsp of honey
- Steep for 8-10 minutes and enjoy!