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Spicy Lemon-Ginger Tonic Tea

Spicy Lemon-Ginger Tonic Tea

Spicy Lemon-Ginger Tonic Tea

Spicy Lemon-Ginger Tonic Tea | Suitcase Foodist

Ginger and spice.  This time of year it is still cold in the Salty City.  Which means that I’m still craving warming beverages served piping hot.

Spicy Lemon-Ginger Tonic Tea | Suitcase Foodist

This is a variation of the Fresh Turmeric-Ginger Tonic Tea that I’ve posted about before.  It is warming, comforting and combines my love of heat+sweet and spicy+warm plus a touch of tart.

Spicy Lemon-Ginger Tonic Tea | Suitcase Foodist

For this version, I actually boil the ginger along with galangal (a Thai version of ginger that is surprisingly floral) and whole peppercorns and crushed red pepper for a burst of spice. It WILL clear out your sinuses, boost your metabolism, quell an upset stomach and best of all it will warm you up from the inside out on a cold day.

Spicy Lemon-Ginger Tonic Tea | Suitcase Foodist

Spicy Lemon-Ginger Tonic Tea


  • 3 knobs or 'knuckles' of Fresh Ginger Root
  • Optional: 1 know fresh Galangal
  • 8-10 whole Peppercorns
  • 1 pinch Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • Juice from one Lemon


  1. Slice the ginger and galangal (if you decided to use it) into thin coins - no need to peel. Add them to a pot with peppercorns, red pepper flakes, the water.
  2. Bring the concoction to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer, covered for 10-12 minutes - long enough to throughly steep the ginger and spices.
  3. Pour the steaming hot ginger/turmeric infusion into a mug - leaving behind any solids.
  4. You will have more of this infusion than you will need for one cup. I usually just stick any leftovers on a back burner and heat it up later when I am ready for more.
  5. Add the honey, a squeeze of lemon. Give it a stir and enjoy hot.
  6. You can get a several more comforting cups of tonic out of one pot - just keep adding water and reheating. The ginger and galangal will keep giving up their essence for several generations of heating.
  7. Enjoy!

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19 thoughts on “Spicy Lemon-Ginger Tonic Tea

  1. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    This couldn’t be more perfect for me right now because I’m feeling that tickle of a sore throat coming on. And it’s still below freezing here. So I need an immunity boost and a warm up!

  2. Becky

    This would be so good for these winter sick days I’m having. And I’ve never had galangal, so I need to try it!

  3. She Likes Food

    It’s not quite cold down here in Arizona at the moment, but i still could go for a comforting cup of this tea! I love lemon and ginger so I know I’d be digging this 🙂

    1. Lydia Post author

      I’ve also prepared it hot and then chilled it down in the summer as a refreshing & spicy iced tea.

    1. Lydia Post author

      I did theater all through college and would drink something just like this as well. Saved me!