Craving a cozy sip packed with flavor and antioxidants? Look no further than this homemade ginger, cinnamon, and clove tea! This simple recipe infuses fresh ginger, warming cinnamon, and invigorating cloves for a flavor explosion that’s perfect for soothing sore throats, warming chilly days, or simply enjoying a delicious pick-me-up.
And the best part? Spices and herbs boast antioxidant activity ten times higher than fruits and vegetables, making this tea a powerful weapon against free radicals and a delicious way to support your well-being .
This past fall and winter seasons, I sipped this antioxidant-rich tea daily while others around me seemed to succumb to the sniffles. While I can’t say for sure it was the sole savior, I haven’t changed anything else in my routine, making me a firm believer in its immune-supporting powers. Plus, who can say no to a delicious and healthy ritual?
Brew ginger, cinnamon, and clove tea hot or chill it over ice for a refreshing summer quencher. No matter how you serve it, this tea is sure to become a new favorite – and your body will thank you for it!
Ingredients and Benefits
Ginger, cinnamon, and clove tea isn’t just delicious, it’s completely customizable! Tailor your tea to your taste buds. Experiment with ingredient amounts to discover your ideal flavor balance.
Ginger brings a different kind of spicy. While it certainly packs a punch, it’s a warming, almost peppery zing without the burning sensation of chilies.
Boasting a long history of medicinal use, ginger comes from the underground rhizome (stem) of the ginger plant. Ginger packs tiny powerhouses called “active compounds” that act like tiny shields, fighting inflammation, helping digestion, and even battling microbes like bacteria. 
Cinnamon offers a sweet warmth and a hint of spice and a woody flavor.
Used in traditional medicine worldwide, cinnamon comes from the bark of various cinnamon trees, primarily found in Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, and even parts of North America. 
While early research suggests positive effects on blood sugar management, consult your doctor and prioritize a balanced diet before relying solely on this spice. 
Nonetheless, health experts and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourage experimenting with spices like cinnamon to help reduce salt, sugar, and fat in the diet for overall health. 
Tiny but mighty, cloves pack a powerful punch! These dried flower buds come from the clove tree native to Indonesia and have been treasured in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. 
Cloves boast a staggering antioxidant value, topping a study of 425 spices and herbs.  They have a distinct pungent, bittersweet, and astringent flavor.
Steps to Make Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove Tea – Hot
Ready to brew a cup of pure warmth and comfort? Follow these simple steps for a delicious hot ginger, cinnamon, and clove tea.
- Heat the water: In a pot or kettle, bring the water to a boil.
- Chop the ginger: Chop the ginger while the water heats up. Skip peeling for speed! Simply chop the ginger into small pieces – the more surface area, the stronger the flavor infusion.
- Add the spices: Once boiling, add the ginger, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, depending on desired strength.
- Steep and cool: Remove the pot from heat and cover it to steep for another 10-15 minutes.
- Serve hot: Use a small strainer to strain and pour the tea into mugs. Adjust the sweetness to your taste with a little honey, maple syrup, or another sweetener. Add an optional lemon or orange slice for a citrusy twist.
Steps to Make Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove Tea – Cold
This recipe focuses on brewing ginger, cinnamon, and clove tea specifically for cold enjoyment.
- Prepare the spices: Chop the ginger, skipping the peeling for speed. Combine chopped ginger, cinnamon sticks, and cloves in a pitcher or large drinking container.
- Steep in cold water: Pour cold drinking water over the spices and stir gently. Cover the pitcher and refrigerate for at least 12 hours, or up to 24 hours for a stronger flavor.
- Strain and serve: Strain the tea into a clean pitcher or serving container. Discard the used spices.
- Adjust flavors and serve: Adjust the sweetness to your taste with honey, maple syrup, or another sweetener. Add an optional lemon or orange slice for a citrusy twist.
- Serve over ice: Pour the tea over ice-filled glasses and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
While ginger, cinnamon, and cloves are a classic combination, feel free to experiment with other warming spices like cardamom, star anise, or even a tiny pinch of black pepper or chili pepper. Remember to adjust quantities based on the strength of each spice.
Yes. Multiply the recipe ingredients according to your desired yield. For larger batches, consider using a pot instead of a kettle for simmering. Remember to adjust steeping time slightly for bigger batches.
While generally safe for most individuals, it’s crucial to consult your doctor before consuming regularly, especially if you have underlying health conditions, are pregnant, or breastfeeding. Ginger, cinnamon, and cloves may interact with certain medications. [2, 3, 5]
Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove Tea – Hot or Cold
- 1 kettle or large pot
- 1 chopping board
- 1 knife
- 1 strainer
- 2 pitchers or drinking containers (for cold tea)
- 4 cups water
- 1 to 2 inches ginger root, chopped
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5 to 7 whole cloves
Optional: Honey, maple syrup, or other sweetener, lemon or orange slices
For Hot Tea
- Fill the kettle or pot with the water and bring to a boil.
- Once the water starts boiling, add the chopped ginger, cinnamon sticks, and cloves and reduce the heat. Simmer for 10-15 minutes depending on the desired strength.
- After the tea has simmered, remove from heat and cover. Allow tea to steep for another 10-15 minutes.
- Use a small strainer to strain and pour the tea into four 8-ounce mugs. Add optional ingredients as desired.
For Cold Tea
- Add chopped ginger, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to a pitcher or large drinking container.
- Pour the water over the spices and stir. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours, or up to 24 hours for a stronger flavor.
- Strain the tea into a clean pitcher or container. Discard the used spices.
- Pour the tea over ice-filled glasses and add optional ingredients as desired.
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