Turmeric Ginger Tea Recipe with Cinnamon, Lemon and Honey

A soothing tea with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, honey and lemon. This tea can be enjoyed warm, hot or cold and it perfect during winter.

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I love starting my day off with warm lemon water, but during cold and flu season I take it up a notch with this turmeric ginger tea recipe.

turmeric ginger tea recipe with lemon

While it can be enjoyed all year round, it is especially perfect for winter, and is soothing when feeling under the weather.


All you need for this tea is fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, honey, lemon and cinnamon. If you can’t find fresh turmeric you can substitute with 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric, and it is still amazing.

turmeric ginger tea recipe in French Press

I like to use my french press for this, but you could really use any heat-proof pitcher/container that is big enough with a fine strainer. This turmeric ginger tea is good hot, warm or cold; my personal preference is heated. This recipe makes 4 cups, but I’m the only one in my family who drinks it, so it lasts me a day or two. I store whatever I’m not drinking in the fridge, to be heated up later.

Turmeric Ginger Tea Recipe


turmeric ginger tea recipe

This turmeric ginger tea recipe includes the flavor ratios that I like best, but feel free to play around. If you want it more tart, add extra lemon. Too sweet? add less honey. Turmeric is too bitter/strong for you? Skip it and just do ginger. Too spicy? Add less ginger.

turmeric ginger tea recipe

Fresh Ginger Grate a four inch piece of fresh ginger, it should come out to about 1/4 cup once grated. I use this grater plate, but any grater works. If you don’t have a suitable grater, feel free to simply finely chop the ginger. I don’t peel the ginger first since I strain the tea, but you can if you want.

Fresh Turmeric Grate a 1 inch piece of turmeric. If you have trouble finding fresh turmeric, substituting with 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric is fine.

Cinnamon Use 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. If you have whole cinnamon sticks you could also use one instead… I have never done this, but I plan to try it out at some point.

Fresh Lemon Juice Squeeze one large lemon for about 1 oz (2 tablespoons) of lemon juice. If you like it extra lemony you can add juice from another half or whole lemon, I sometimes do this.

Raw Organic Honey Add about 1/2 tablespoon per cup or 2 tablespoons in total, or to taste. I love this raw & unfiltered honey.

To make this tea, boil more than 4 cups of water in your kettle. While the water is boiling, grate the fresh ginger and turmeric, and place in a heatproof pitcher (I use my French press). Add 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon to pitcher as well. Once water is heated, add four cups to your pitcher and give it a little stir. Let sit and steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain mixture (using french press plunger or fine mesh sieve) Add lemon and honey to strained tea, either to the entire mixture or pour in cups and add individually (I usually add it all at once). You can enjoy this turmeric ginger tea recipe warm, hot or cold.



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5 from 28 votes

Turmeric Ginger Tea Recipe with Cinnamon, Honey and Lemon

A soothing tea with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, honey and lemon. This tea can be enjoyed warm, hot or cold and it perfect during winter.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Indian
Keyword cinnamon, ginger, honey, lemon, tea, turmeric
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 37 kcal
Author Emily


  • 1/4 cup freshly grated ginger this about a 4 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 inch fresh turmeric, grated can substitute with 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons raw, organic honey
  • 1 lemons juice the lemon for about 1 oz fresh lemon juice You can add juice from another half or whole lemon if you like it really lemony
  • 4 cups water


  1. Boil four cups of water in your tea kettle. While water is boiling, grate the fresh ginger and turmeric.

    cinnamon and ginger tea ingredients
  2. In heatproof pitcher, such as a french press, add ginger, turmeric and cinnamon.

    ginger cinnamon tea in the making
  3. Add four cups of the heated water to your pitcher and give it a little stir. If using french press you can then add the lid, but do not plunge the strainer yet. Set timer for 15-20 minutes.

    lemon cinnamon ginger tea
  4. When timer goes off, strain mixture using plunger with French press, or fine sieve if using another pitcher.

    the best ginger cinnamon tea with lemon
  5. Add lemon and honey to strained tea. You can add 2 T honey and 1 freshly squeezed lemon to the entire strained mixture or pour tea in cups and add lemon and honey individually to taste. 

  6. Enjoy this turmeric ginger tea recipe warm, hot or cold. Store any leftover tea in the refrigerator for another time.

    strong turmeric ginger tea
Nutrition Facts
Turmeric Ginger Tea Recipe with Cinnamon, Honey and Lemon
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 37 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.1g0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 10.1g11%
Protein 0.1g0%
Calcium 3mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this Emily! I love these kinds of posts. I should incorporate the water lemon drink into my morning routine.

    • It would be a great addition to a morning routine for sure. Thanks Neli.

      • 5 stars
        I love this recipe and have incorporated it into my winter morning routine. I woke up feeling a bit under the weather and pulled out my french press to make a batch! I add a half cup of fresh cranberries (halved) to it also. It’s a great addition. Thank you for this!

        • So glad you are enjoying this recipe, Melissa! I’ve never thought of adding cranberries, that sounds amazing.

  2. 5 stars
    Love the sound of this tea and since I have all the ingredients in my kitchen am going to go and make it now!

  3. 5 stars
    This is healthy and medicinal too. Love the combination of Honey, Ginger and turmeric. Happy to try it soon.

  4. I bet this is so wonderful to sip on when feeling under the weather. The honey and lemon make it so comforting.

  5. 5 stars
    This looks delicious, warming and comforting. I can’t wait to give it a go!

  6. 5 stars
    I feel like everyone around me is sick right now so I need this tea in my life! Gotta stay healthy!

  7. 5 stars
    Love your blog. So colorful and fun. And this warm drink sounds very healing.

  8. 5 stars
    I’m totally inspired! I LOVE my French press and I’ve only ever used it for coffee, but my daughter and I are all about hot tea this season. Can’t wait!

  9. 5 stars
    This sounds great and excellent for cold and flu season.

  10. Andrea Metlika says

    5 stars
    Sounds like a flavorful and good for you tea. I’m definitely trying this!

  11. 5 stars
    This tea is exactly what the doctor ordered. Totally perfect for this time of year, but you’re right, really all the time!

  12. 5 stars
    First of all, I never thought to use my French press to make tea! What a great idea! I love all the flavors in this tea and have everything I need to make it this afternoon!

  13. 5 stars
    I haven’t been feeling well this week and I am going to try this tonight. Sending my husband to pick up a few things. Cross your fingers I will be feeling much better after this!

  14. 5 stars
    Why didn’t I think of this! I’ve been drinking a similar brew to get rid of a cold, but haven’t been making it in a French press. Thanks for the tip!

  15. 5 stars
    I have a household full of sick kiddos. This will be a perfect drink for us all to enjoy while we are under the weather. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Love any drink recipe with turmeric. So soothing

  17. Sonya Kamdar says

    5 stars
    I came down with a bad cold and found this recipe for Turmeric Ginger Tea. I made it and have been drinking it for the last three days. Not only is it very soothing but also very yummy! I know it’s been helping fight this nasty cold. Thank you for posting! Its my go to “concoction” for beating down colds!

  18. 5 stars
    We have super similar tea, Emily. The only difference is I never add cinnamon to it, but now I really want to try and see if I like this one better. 🙂

  19. 5 stars
    For this flu weather, this has been the go-to tea that instantly makes me feel better. Thanks so much for posting this!

  20. Jessica Formicola says

    5 stars
    I made a cup of this before bed last night ans it was incredible! The flavors all go together so well and it’s so delicious!

  21. 5 stars
    Now that we are entering cold and flu season, this recipe is super helpful! Sweet & soothing!

  22. 5 stars
    What a great way to start my day! Love a healthy start anyway I can get it!

  23. In this time of Coronavirus, I’ve been reading about Jamaican flu remedies. A NY doctor who was Jamaican was in the papers for saying he thought his Jamaican remedy of Turmeric, garlic, and ginger had helped him overcome the virus. I’ve been drinking ginger, lemon and honey tea for a while and used turmeric, cinnamon and garlic in cooking, but never added those spices (minus garlic) to the ginger tea. I looked up a few recipes and found yours and just made some. I scored a giant bag of organic Turmeric at a discounted price last year so didn’t use fresh as I’m working my way through it. But the tea was delicious and felt healthful.

  24. Honey doesn’t keep vitamins and nutrients when heated. Best use sugar cane

  25. Tony Payne says

    5 stars
    I have just finished off a bottle of Turmeric, Lemon, Ginger and Honey that you add boiling water to and it’s been really delicious. I was given the bottle and it’s rather expensive to replace.

    Your recipe looks very simple and it would be much better to make my own. I have been enjoying this drink on both cold and hot days and I am sure it would be lovely if left to get cold or served with ice as well.
    Will be trying your recipe for sure, it’s much nicer to make things yourself fresh.

    • I hope you enjoy it!

      • 5 stars
        Thanks Emily. I made some over the weekend and it was really good.
        I left out the Cinnamon as the bottle I was using didn’t have that in it.
        Will have to experiment with the amounts of everything, I think I overdid it on the Turmeric, but it was good. I made a larger batch, still have some chilling in the fridge for later today.

        • Thanks for your comment, Tony. This recipe is definitely strong, I love that you plan to play around with the amounts to fit your taste. Enjoy!

  26. 5 stars
    It’s getting chilly here, and I made it this morning — such a comforting warm drink! Thank you!

  27. 5 stars
    This turmeric ginger tea turned out so good. I love the flavor too, so warm and comforting.

  28. 5 stars
    Such a wonderful, soothing tea! I love how easily it comes together too. Sounds incredible with the addition of the cinnamon.

  29. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this useful recipe!

  30. 5 stars
    This tea is great now that the weather is getting colder. I drink it as soon as I feel a tickle in my throat.

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