Old habit, new addiction: ginger root tea

Ginger tea has reclaimed a place back in my life recently. After discarding it for a time, we were finally reunited. And now I drink it almost daily. Especially since I’ve been ill last couple of days. We are inseparable now, me and my gingerroot tea.

The other day I was with a colleage on lunch break when we decided to spend it chilling in the sun out at a nearby café. I spotted my long lost favourite on the menu and thought to myself, oh that has been a while, why not? And there it was… The magical water accompanied by a piece of Dutch butter cake, which was so good I can’t even deal…. We’ll discuss Dutch pastry some other time. So anyways, it had been a long time.

From home I am accustomed to using ginger when cooking and I can really miss the taste and aroma if it’s not used in a dish. Even if it’s not supposed to be used, I might miss it because my parents maybe used to use it in for that particular dish. Or just because I think that it could use some… Ok I’m starting to get off the subject here. Focussing isn’t always my strongest point.

Gingerroot. As the name kind of gives away, it is a root which has a very citrusy, zingy taste with a little heat. It can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes, hot and cold and also in drinks. Making a tea of gingerroot is easy peasy and yet so tasty. The taste (to me) is soothing, warming and sometimes packs a nice punch with the right amount of heat. Just everything about it is great! And apparently it is also healthy.

Basic homemade gingerroot tea:

  • 2-4 cm gingerroot, peeled and sliced
  • 1,5 L water – honey (optional)

You can prepare this in a saucepan, in a teapot of straight into your cup (follow the tea pot instructions).

  1. If you are using a tea pot of cup, place the slices of gingerroot in the pot or cup and pour boiling water in. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes.
  2. If you’re using a saucepan, bring water to a boil and then add the gingerroot slices. Put the lid on and let is steep for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Voilá, you can drink it now, if you like you can add some honey.

Winning teams:
Gingerroot & lemon or orange (or both), add a slive when drinking/serving
Gingerroot & cardamom
Gingerroot & mint
Gingerroot & cinnamon
Gingerroot & all of the above together :)
*Extra kick: add 2-3 peppercorns

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