Dairy-Free, Drinks, Lightened Up, Low Sugar, One Pot Dish, Vegan

The Best Homemade Spicy Ginger Tea


This is my new favorite tea. But really. It’s easy to make and bursting with spice. I’ve been making a variation of this tea since the New Year, and I think I finally perfected the recipe in the last few weeks. I’ve been sipping on cups of tea as is, with some almond milk for a latte-like treat or in addition my plain, black coffee a little coconut creamer in the mornings for a dash of flavor and depth (add 1-3 teaspoons!). Ready in 15 minutes, you’ll be so excited to sip on some homemade Spicy Ginger Tea.

Ingredients (makes 8 c; serves 6-8).

  • 8 c water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3″ ginger root, skin on and sliced
  • 4-6 whole peppercorns
  • 6 whole cloves
  • Dash cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Pinch ground turmeric
  • 1 T turbinado sugar (optional, but it cuts the spice in just the right way)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan or pot. If you want a spicier take, add 6 peppercorns and/or and cayenne.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and continue simmering 10-15 min. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Carefully strain the liquid (optional, but recommended), saving the ginger and cinnamon stick for future use — see notes.
  5. To serve:
    • Tea: 1 to 1½ c, hot as is; you can add hot water to cut the “spiciness” of the tea
    • Latte: combine 1/4 to 1/3 c almond milk or milk of choice and 2/3 c to 3/4 c of tea in a mason jar or sealable jar. Shake vigorously until a foam forms. Once milk is frothed and foamy, transfer to mug and microwave to heat.
  6. Store tea in the fridge for up to 7 days in a sealed container.
  7. Sip and enjoy!

Notes: Store ginger root and cinnamon stick in the freezer for the next use. When ready for a new batch, add ginger root and cinnamon stick directly from freezer with 4 c water, 3 cloves, 2-3 peppercorns, 1-2 t sugar and dash of turmeric and cayenne. Follow instructions as above to have same strength as original batch.

Inspired by my Ginger Turmeric Latte.

Nutrition for ENTIRE BATCH, i.e. 8 c of tea made with 1 T brown sugar.
70 calories  •  0 g fat (0%)  •  16.8 g carbs (100%)  •  0 g protein (0%)  •  0 g fiber  •  12 g sugar
* These are estimates based off specific products I used and how I entered ingredients in a fitness tracker. This is completely subjective and used to give a rough nutritional estimate.



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