Iced Ginger Lemon Honey Tea (Healthy Mocktail)
Try this iced ginger lemon honey tea. It’s one of the perfect ginger lemon drinks to serve at Thanksgiving or Christmas, made with fresh ginger, lemons, raw honey, apple juice and seltzer water.
Add in fresh orange juice and some elderberry syrup to make it the ultimate drink.
I make a ginger lemon honey concentrate for my family whenever there is sickness in our house. My husband says that it keeps him feeling well even while he is sick.
I’ve started adding seltzer water to make it even more fancy. It’s like a honey ginger lemonade that keeps you feeling light and refreshed. So Let’s talk about other ways to incorporate this healthy mock-tail into your life and how to make it!
Iced Ginger Lemon Tea for Thanksgiving
I actually served this iced drink as a mocktail for Canadian Thanksgiving last year. It acted as the perfect drink to help us and our guests feel light and refreshed throughout the evening. Sipping ginger, lemon and raw honey tea helps with digestion, among other health benefits. Making it the perfect drink for holidays where we like to eat a lot.
Ingredients Needed to Make Iced Ginger Lemon Honey Tea
- Fresh Ginger: It needs to be fresh raw ginger to receive the nutritional benefits and the full flavour of ginger. You should be able to find it in the herbs section of your grocery store.
- Fresh Lemons: Freshly squeezed gives the most benefits and taste. You could substitute for bottled lemon juice.
- Raw Honey: Raw honey has not been pasteurized is a natural sweetener and acts as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial agent.
- Apple Juice: It’s best to use pure apple juice not from concentrate. This acts as an added sweetener and dilutes the ginger lemon concentrate.
- Seltzer Water: Optional. You can add just water. It adds carbonation and also helps to dilute the ginger lemon concentrate.
- Ice: Just a few to keep the drink cool when served and create foam when you mix it.
Optional Ingredients to Make a Super Immunity Booster
- Orange: Adds extra vitamin C and antioxidants and some sweetness.
- Kombucha: Use it to replace the seltzer water because it adds in a probiotic. I always add live culture kombucha to this drink when we’re fighting sickness.
- Elderberry Syrup: Elderberry is nutritious and used to fight illness. You can buy an elderberry syrup at the health food store. I found elderberry vitamin C shots at Aldi and added 3 of them to my concentrate. It also makes the drink a lovely purple colour.
What Health Benefits do Lemons Provide?
According to Healthline, there are six health benefits lemons provide:
- they may support heart health
- help with weight control
- prevent kidney stones
- protect against anemia
- reduce cancer risk
- improve digestive health
Health Benefits of Fresh Raw Ginger?
After reading several articles, I’ve learned that ginger contains high amounts of gingerol. Which has many medicinal properties. It can help to boost brain function, ease nausea, help fight infections like the flu and cold, decrease cholesterol.
What are the Health Benefits of Raw Unpasteurized Honey?
- Antibacterial agent
- People use honey orally to treat coughs
- Topically to treat burns and promote healing
What Does Lemon Ginger and Honey Do to Your Body?
Lemon and ginger have anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce inflammation and pain associated with these conditions: headaches, menstrual cramps and arthritis.
Traditionally it’s used to soothe the stomach, mild nausea and the digestive system.
I also discovered that WebMd states: “Lemon and ginger contain components that are believed to help reduce risks associated with cardiovascular disease and liver disease.”
Is It Ok to Consume Ginger & Lemon Tea Every Day?
Ginger and lemon are both approved by the FDA.
It’s good to note that an article I read by medicinenet.com stated:
“However, ginger may cause blood thinning and remains a concern in people who are prescribed warfarin or any other blood thinners. Talk to your physician before adding lemon-ginger tea to your daily routine.”
I know for me it helps me to feel light and refreshed when I drink it each day. And it’s an enjoyable treat that I know nourishes my body.
How to Make Iced Ginger Lemon Honey Tea
Step 1: Prep the Ginger & Honey
Boil some water to steep the ginger in. Don’t add the raw honey until the water has cooled to a warm temperature (under 95F).
Blender Method: Peel the ginger and chop it into small chunks. Steep it in hot water for 10 minutes. Once the temperature has cooled some blend it until it is finely ground. Add in the honey and stir to dissolve.
No Blender: Finely grate your ginger with the smallest size on your grater. Add it to the hot water to steep for 10 minutes until the temperature has cooled some. Then add in the honey and stir to dissolve.
Pour the ginger honey mixture into a jar.
Step 2: Juice Lemons & Mix Concentrate
Juice the 2 lemons and add to the ginger honey mixture. It should be about 1/3 cup of lemon juice.
Step 3: How to Mix the Iced Ginger Lemon Honey Tea
To a shaker cup to jar add:
- ½ cup ice
- ¼ cup ginger lemon honey concentrate
- ¼ cup apple juice
Shake vigorously for about 20-30 seconds. Then pour it into a large glass and top with seltzer water.
Tips & Substitutions
- Apple juice: Substitute the apple juice for your favourite flavour of kombucha.
- Add elderberry syrup: to enhance the cold and flu righting properties of this drink.
- Ginger: Finely grate it instead of using a blender. And feel free to strain it out. I like to drink all the pulp to make sure I’m getting all the benefits of ginger.
Iced Ginger Lemon Honey Tea (Healthy
Ginger Lemon Honey Concentrate
- 1/4 Cup fresh ginger peeled and chopped
- 1 ½ cup hot water
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 2 lemons juiced, about 1/3 cup
- Makes about 2 cups of concentrate
For the iced ginger lemon honey drink:
- ¼ cup ginger lemon concentrate
- 3/4 cup ice cubes 5 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1/3 cup seltzer water or cold water
Makes about 2 cups of concentrate
- Boil some water to steep the ginger in.
- Blender Method: Peel the ginger and chop it into small chunks. Steep it in hot water for 10 minutes. Once the temperature has cooled some blend it until it is finely ground. Add in the honey and stir to dissolve (don't add until water has reached 95F).
- Pour the ginger honey mixture into a mason jar.
- Juice the 2 lemons and add to the ginger honey mixture.
Mixing the Drink
- Add ¼ cup of concentrate, ice and apple juice to a shaker cup or a jar and close the lid.
- Shake vigorously (20-30 seconds) until a nice foam forms. Pour into a tall glass top with seltzer water and serve.