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

Updated on November 1, 2019
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I used to work in my family's restaurant and helped run it. I love good food and have cooked family meals for over 50 years.

A Healthy Ginger, Lemon and Honey Drink to 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, snuggled into your favorite armchair, and relaxed, you're savoring a steaming mug of honey, ginger and lemon juice, which you prepared earlier.

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

A Mug of Hot Lemon, Ginger and Honey


Store Some of the Mixture to Use Later

It also tastes good as a cold drink, just right for a hot summer's day.

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.

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

Put them all together and hot honey, lemon and ginger is a very good cold remedy.

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

Equipment and Ingredients Needed to Make Your Lemon, Ginger and Honey Drink


Here's a Useful Lemon Squeezer Like the One in the Photograph Above

Crystal Lemon Squeezer Citrus Juicer, Extractor Manual Hand with Handle and Pour Spout, BPA Free and Lead Free Heavyweight Crystal Glass
Crystal Lemon Squeezer Citrus Juicer, Extractor Manual Hand with Handle and Pour Spout, BPA Free and Lead Free Heavyweight Crystal Glass

B07VMB5DYS :This juice extractor is very similar to the one I have used for years. It does the trick, and even extracts and saves the pips so that I can stop them getting into the juice. It is effective, solid and hardwearing, and can be washed in the dishwasher.


Equipment Needed:

  • Lemon squeezer
  • Potato peeler
  • Kitchen knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Grater or Food Processor
  • Small saucepan

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 a blender to make a fine paste.
  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 and add the ginger. Add six teaspoonfuls of honey for a fairly sour drink, or more honey if you like it sweeter. You can use sugar, Hermesetas or Stevia 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.

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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'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!

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

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Diana Grant

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

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

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I will have to make the tea in the video you 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. :)

    • Brite-Ideas profile image

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      5 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!

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from London

      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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      6 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!

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from London

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

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      6 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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      6 years ago

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


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