Lemon, Ginger and Honey: a Comforting and Nourishing Winter Drink

A Mug of Hot Lemon, Ginger and Honey


A healthy ginger, lemon & honey drink which will boost your immune system

When the weather is cold, it's really comforting to curl up in the warmth with a delicious hot drink which will also do you good.

Imagine the scene: you've just come in from the snow, and now you're inside, you've taken off your boots, snugged into your favorite armchair, and you're savoring a steaming mug of honey, ginger and lemon juice, which you prepared earlier.

The good thing about this drink is that you can make a lot more than you need for one day, and keep some of the concentrated mixture in your fridge, just putting a small serving into your mug when needed, adding boiling water. It can also be frozen and put into small plastic containers, to use over several weeks. You would probably need to double up on the amount of ingredients you are using if you want to store the surplus.

This natural fruit juice is better than anything you would buy at your local supermarket, and at least you know what's in it.

Lemon, Ginger and Honey


Health Benefits For Honey, Lemon and Ginger Drink:

N.B. I am not a doctor or a herbalist, but the health benefits of these ingredients are well known:

  • Honey has natural healing properties

  • Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties

  • Lemon has a high vitamin C content

These ingredients have been used over the centuries in many countries as natural healing herbal remedies

Put them all together and Hot Honey, Lemon and Ginger is a very good Cold Remedy.

Equipment needed to make lemon, ginger and honey drink:

- Lemon squeezer

- Potato peeler

- Kitchen knife

- Chopping Board

- Grater or Food Processor

- Small saucepan

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Preparation Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 10 - 12 drinks


  • 4 Lemons
  • 1 large piece Fresh Ginger, About the size of your hand
  • 4 teaspoons Honey, or to taste

Lemon and Ginger in a Saucepan


Recipe for Lemon and Ginger Drink

  1. This will be a concentrated ginger and lemon juice, and you add hot water to taste. You might like it strong, or you might like it a bit weaker, so you can experiment until your ginger and lemon drink tastes just right for you.
  2. Peel the ginger. Then grate it with a cheese grater or you can use the metal chopping device on a food processor to break it down into fragments..
  3. Squeeze the lemons. Scrape them with a spoon or knife to extract the juicy bits, removing the pips. Pour the juice into a saucepan. Add six teaspoonfuls of honey for a fairly sour drink, or more honey if you like it sweeter. You can use sugar, Hermesetas or Steevia instead or as well. Add a tablespoonful of water.
  4. Simmer for 3 or 4 minutes. When cool, pour it into containers. You can then store this concentrated mixture in the fridge and freeze some until required.
  5. Before use, stir the lemon and ginger concentrate, then put about 1 - 2 teaspoonfuls into a mug,adding hot or boiling water. Add more sweetening if desired.

Echinacea drops to put in Lemon, Ginger and Honey Drink


Is Echinacea really an antidote to colds, or is that just an old wives' tale?

Do you think Echinacea really protects against colds?

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You might try adding Echinacea or even a spot of Brandy

Echinacea is reputed to ward off colds, or to lessen the effect of a cold if you already have one.

Echinacea is a daisy-like flower which is used by herbalists.

Are the health benefits an old wives' tale, or is all the praise justified? Who am I to say? I'm a lawyer, not a doctor. For me it works. My son sneers and says it's just a placebo; my daughter reckons it is definitely effective.

As for Brandy - if you like alcohol, I think you will find a dash of brandy in your lemon and ginger drink very comforting. Just imagine yourself tucked up in bed with the snuffles, and a steaming mug of aromatic lemon, ginger, honey and brandy......you'll be asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.

But go easy on the brandy - remember it's for medicinal purposes only, and not an excuse for partying and self-indulgence!

Himalayan Ginger Lemon Honey Drink (not the way I would make it, but it's good to have alternatives)

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Have you got any more ideas for healthy drinks? 8 comments

Rexton 3 years ago

Great site.....I am a lover of ginger and garlic and thanks for visiting my site......... fernsblog.com

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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I've enjoyed drinking honey and lemon juice since childhood. I love it! I don't think I've ever drunk it with ginger added, but I'll try that soon. Thanks for the recipe.

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Diana Grant 3 years ago from London Author

The ginger gives it a delicious tang, as well as being good for you

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Tolovaj 3 years ago

I tried this drink several times and I can add it is very important to get quality ingredients. Our country has long tradition of beekeeping, so honey is obviously not problem, but ginger is harder to get.

Thanks for reminding me... Cheers!

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Diana Grant 3 years ago from London Author

Toklovaj: I must confess, I usually buy the cheapest honey - I'm not even sure why some honey is so much more expensive than others

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Brite-Ideas 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

we're really big into this in our house (natural healing when possible) - have to pin this for later for the boys!

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Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

I will have to make the tea in the video you shared....it looks so easy! And I enjoy ginger and honey together especially though I'm more for cold tea than hot. I'll give it a go. :)

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Kristen Howe 24 months ago from Northeast Ohio

An interesting concoction for a winter drink. I would have to try it sometime. Voted up!

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