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

I used to work in my family's restaurant and helped run it. I love good food, and I've cooked family meals for over 60 years.

Cozy up to this warm lemon, ginger, and honey drink.

Cozy up to this warm lemon, ginger, and honey drink.

Immunity-Boosting Beverage

This natural fruit juice is better than anything you can buy at your local supermarket. Not only is it delicious, but because it's homemade, you know exactly what's in it.

A Great Comfort Drink

No matter what the weather is like outside, it's always comforting to curl up at home with a delicious hot drink that will also do you good.

Imagine the scene: You've just come home, you've taken off your shoes, snuggled into your favorite armchair, and relaxed. Now you're savoring a steaming mug of honey, ginger, and lemon juice, which you prepared earlier.

By the way, this drink also tastes great cold! Just add ice, and it's perfect for a hot summer's day.

Make Ahead and Store

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. Whenever you're ready for a drink, just put a small serving into your mug and add boiling water.

It can also be frozen and put into small plastic containers, to use over several weeks. You would probably need to double the recipe if you want to store the surplus.

Health Benefits

Note: 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 you've made 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

Equipment and ingredients needed to make your lemon, ginger, and honey drink

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Equipment Needed

  • Lemon squeezer
  • Potato peeler
  • Kitchen knife
  • Chopping board
  • Grater or food processor
  • Small saucepan

Preparation Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

5 min

25 min

10 - 12 drinks


  • 4 lemons
  • 1 large piece fresh ginger, about the size of your hand
  • 4 teaspoons honey, or to taste
Lemon and grated ginger in a saucepan

Lemon and grated ginger in a saucepan


  1. This will be a concentrated ginger and lemon juice, so when serving it, 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 1 tablespoon of water.
  4. Simmer for 3 or 4 minutes. When cool, pour the mixture 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 to 2 teaspoonsful into a mug, adding hot or boiling water. Add more sweetener if desired.

Note: You can substitute bottled lemon concentrate juice for natural squeezed lemon. It still tastes good and is certainly a lot less messy, though probably not as nutritious as the real thing.

Optional Additions

  • Echinacea is a daisy-like flower that is used by herbalists. It is reputed to ward off colds, or lessen their effects if you already have one.
  • I add turmeric to my drink. It is said to have anti-inflammatory properties according to nutritionists. However, the word is that it needs to be mixed with black pepper to be effective. Well, I wouldn't sully my drink with pepper, so accept that it is only doing me good when accompanied or followed by a meal containing black pepper.
  • 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!

Are the health benefits of echinacea and turmeric an old wives' tale, or is all the praise justified? Who am I to say? I'm a retired 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.

Echinacea Drops to Put in Lemon, Ginger and  Honey Drink

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?

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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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