Ginger tea

Saenggangcha 생강차

Having a cup of hot ginger tea at lunchtime has been a part of my routine for a few months now. Not only do I enjoy the taste but it always soothes my stomach and makes me feel relaxed and comfortable. When I researched the health benefits of ginger, I found evidence that ginger can cure nausea, headaches, migraines,  stomach congestion, flu… many different ailments! It sounds like a panacea!

I don’t know if it can sure all those things, all I know is that it always makes me feel good.


I’ve been developing my own variation on traditional Korean saenggangcha so I decided to share it with you. This might be the simplest recipe on my website! It calls for very few ingredients: ginger and honey. That’s all you need!  Don’t forget to float several pine nuts on the tea.

Enjoy my hot tea, pulp and pine nuts!

And just in case you don’t like pulp, I’m posting the traditional saenggangcha recipe, too.




My hot ginger tea

  1. Peel a little more than 1 cup’s worth of fresh ginger. Wash and drain thoroughly.
  2. Puree the ginger with either a grater or food processor.
  3. Put 1 cup of the pureed ginger into a bowl. Add 1 cup of honey and mix well.
  4. Transfer to a glass jar and store it in the fridge as you use it.
  5. To serve, mix 2-3 tbs of the mixture into a teacup of boiling water. Garnish with several pine nuts on top.

Enjoy the hot tea!

My cold ginger tea

  1. Mix 3 tbs of the mixture into a large glass of cold water. Add some ice cubes and garnish with several pine nuts on top.

Enjoy the cold tea!

Traditional Korean ginger tea

  1. Thinly slice 1 cup of peeled ginger. Mix with 1 cup of honey or sugar.
  2. Transfer to a glass jar and store it in the fridge as you use it.
  3. To serve, boil 3 tbs of the mixture and 1½ cups of water in a ceramic or Pyrex kettle for about 10 minutes. Pour only the tea into a cup and leave the ginger slices in the kettle. Garnish with several pine nuts on top.

Enjoy the traditional hot tea!



  1. yanamana Colorado, USA My profile page joined 4/16
    Posted April 7th, 2016 at 7:34 pm | # |

    Oh my gosh! I just made this tea and it’s AMAZING. The sweet flavor plus the sting characteristic of ginger makes it so unique! Thank you, Maangchi!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted April 9th, 2016 at 12:19 pm | # |

      Your comment makes me crave ginger tea because I haven’t made it for a while! I am happy to hear that you like this recipe!

      • yanamana Colorado, USA My profile page joined 4/16
        Posted April 10th, 2016 at 12:07 am | # |

        Yes, thank you again! I hope you enjoy your ginger tea (if you end up making some)! :)

  2. thepenguinexpress My profile page joined 6/15
    Posted June 30th, 2015 at 4:36 pm | # |

    I made the old fashioned one, it was SO TASTY! I liked how it was sweet, yet the ginger was spicy.

  3. putri90 My profile page joined 5/15
    Posted May 30th, 2015 at 2:32 am | # |

    Can i add jujube in this recipe? How much jujube i should use?

  4. eliz742 My profile page joined 4/15
    Posted April 5th, 2015 at 3:59 am | # |

    Hi maangchi,

    Made the ginger tea using your receipe, love it to the max😍. I used young ginger.
    Love all your dishes 😄😄

    See full size image

  5. eliz742 My profile page joined 4/15
    Posted April 1st, 2015 at 1:58 am | # |

    Hi maangchi,

    May i know the ginger you used is young or old ginger?

  6. Gsfan Belguim My profile page joined 2/15
    Posted February 9th, 2015 at 3:06 pm | # |

    Hi , its super good .
    Could i add some lemon juice and garlic as well ?
    So i would like to mix garlic ginger some herbs , lemon juice in a jar ? Good idea?

  7. cthai777 USA My profile page joined 2/15
    Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 12:35 pm | # |

    Hello Maaganchi,
    Could you please show us how to make lemon/orange tea, ginger is too strong for my young children, it’s very cold in Washington DC now, would like sooth the children’s throat with a tea.
    Thank you for sharing us your passion.

  8. UltimaKimBap25 Baguio City, Philippines My profile page joined 10/14
    Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 4:27 am | # |

    Maangchi annyonghaseyo! Here in the philippines we have another version of this tea called salabat. It is usually sold at christmas time and said to sweeten choral voices. I tried this recipe and, yes, this is a different twist to our local ginger tea. Kamsahamnida for posting this!

  9. rebeccabeng malaysia My profile page joined 12/13
    Posted December 31st, 2013 at 4:54 am | # |

    hi, may i know how long it can be store in refrigerator?

  10. maangchisyummyfood Vancouver My profile page joined 8/13
    Posted August 30th, 2013 at 8:10 pm | # |

    I made the ginger tea last night and I can’t wait to try it! Thank You Maanchi!

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