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Iced Ginger Tea is a refreshing and invigorating beverage on hot summer days.  Ginger is not only delicious, but is also used as a natural remedy for many ailments.  It has been used for nausea, motion sickness, indigestion, heartburn relief, and to prevent and treat sore throats, colds and flu.  Ginger has also been used as a treatment for ovarian cancer and to slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.  Ginger is a natural pain killer and reduces inflammation in the body.  With so many good reasons to drink ginger tea, make it apart of your afternoon cool down when the heat sets in.

How to Make Ginger Iced Tea

The basic recipe for making ginger iced tea is boiling water and sliced or shredded ginger.  Other optional ingredients you can add to ginger tea for variety are black tea bags, lemongrass, lemon juice, apple juice or apple cider, lime juice, green tea, mint, blackberry tea, Raspberry leaf tea, burdock root, chamomile, iced chai, and fresh rosemary.

6 Iced Ginger Tea Recipes

Basic Iced Ginger Tea

2 inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled, sliced thin or shredded

4 cups water

Bring the water to a boil, add the ginger, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Strain and add honey and lemon to taste.

Turmeric and Ginger Iced Tea

4 cups water

½ tablespoon ground turmeric

2 inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled, sliced

Lemon

Honey

Bring water to boil, add the ginger and turmeric.  Cover, lower to a simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Strain, add honey and lemon to taste.

Lemongrass Ginger Iced Tea

½ cup pure cane sugar

½ cup, plus 4 cups, plus 3 cups water

1 large stalk lemongrass, cut in small rounds (remove dry tops and tough outer leaves) about ¼ cup

2 inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped (about 2 tablespoons)

4 mild black tea bags (Darjeeling or Assam)

Make the sugar syrup:  Combine the cane sugar, ½ cup water, lemongrass and ginger in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Stir to dissolve the cane sugar, then, reduce heat to a simmer for 2 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat, and the mixture to steep for 30 minutes.  For a bolder flavor, put the mixture in the refrigerator to continue steeping for several hours or overnight.

To make the tea:  Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add the tea bags, then turn off the heat.  Let steep for 5 minutes.  Discard the tea bags.

Strain the sugar syrup mixture through a sieve.  Be sure to press the solids against the sieve to extract as much of the flavor as possible.  Discard the solids.   Add the mixture and the tea to a pitcher with 3 cups of cold water.  Stir well, chill, and serve over ice.

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Green Ginger Iced Tea

2 green tea bags

2 inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced

2 tablespoons honey

Juice of 1 lime

2 cups boiling water

2 quarts cold water

Pour the boiling water over the green tea bags, ginger, honey and lime in a bowl.  Steep for 15-20 minutes.  Strain the solids, add the tea to a large pitcher and add cold water.  Chill and serve over ice.

Green Tea, Apple Cider, Kuzu and Ginger Tea

Kuzu is also known as Kudzu and is used to treat many conditions such as deafness, symptoms of blood pressure (migraines, dizziness), cold sores, shingles, and as a digestive aid.

2 cups brewed green tea

2 cups apple cider or apple juice

1 tablespoon kuzu (kudzu) powder

1 inch piece ginger, sliced

Heat the apple cider and ginger to almost a boil.  Dissolve the kuzu powder in a small amount of water and add to the cider and ginger mix.  Stir to keep lumps from forming and until the mixture is translucent.  Remove from heat and strain solids.  Stir the mixture in with the green tea and chill.  Serve over ice.

Kudzu powder is available from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Apple Ginger Mint Iced Tea

2-3 green tea bags

2 inch piece ginger, sliced

¼ apple, cut into matchsticks

1-2 sprigs fresh mint

2 cups boiling hot water

½ cup apple cider

2 cups ice in pitcher

Honey

Pour boiling water over the green tea bags, ginger, apple and mint.  Steep 5 minutes.  Strain off the solids and put into the pitcher of ice.  Add apple cider and honey.

 






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