Refreshing on a hot summer day or soothing on a cold winter one, this sweet ginger tea is full of nutrients and vitamins. Wonderful chilled, this tea has also been used for centuries as a natural cold remedy. If you are making a warm version during the winter and don't have access to the pears, then you can use dried persimmons, a couple tablespoons of honey, and a dash of cinnamon. Ginger is also used in Asia to aid digestion and many other ailments.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
- 3/4 cup peeled and sliced ginger
- 16 oz water
- 1 orange, peeled and sliced and 1 Tbsp orange zest
- 2 Asian pears, peeled, cored, and quartered
- 1/2 cup sugar
- sliced strawberry (optional garnish)
- pine nuts (optional garnish)
- In a medium pot, add zest, ginger, water and bring to a boil.
- Simmer vigorously for 15 minutes.
- Take off heat and add oranges, pears, and sugar, making sure to mix until sugar is dissolved.
- If serving warm, let sit for at least an hour, strain, and then reheat as needed.
- If serving cold, cool and then refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- Strain and serve with strawberry slices and optional ice cubes and pine nuts.
*If serving hot as a cold remedy, you can omit the oranges and half the sugar and replace them with a splash of cinnamon and 2 Tbsp of honey.