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. UltimaKimBap25 Baguio City, Philippines 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!

  2. ColtPixy Bergen, Norway joined 7/17
    Posted July 5th, 2017 at 2:09 pm | # |

    Thank you for the perfect gift idea for Christmas, I’m always looking to making my Christmas gifts less expensive (I’m on a very limited budget each month) and this will make perfect presents for the adults in my family without having to spend a huge amount of money!

  3. yanamana Colorado, USA 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 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 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)! :)

  4. thepenguinexpress 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.

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

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

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 30th, 2015 at 10:43 am | # |

      You can try it out, and let me know how it goes!

  6. eliz742 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

  7. eliz742 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?

  8. Gsfan Belguim 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?

  9. cthai777 USA 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.

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

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

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted December 31st, 2013 at 11:22 am | # |

      yes, you can keep it in the fridge up to 1 month.

  11. maangchisyummyfood Vancouver 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!

  12. n4rit4 Montclair, NJ joined 11/12
    Posted May 14th, 2013 at 5:35 pm | # |

    Maangchi Eonni …안녕하세요 … 오늘은 어떠세요? My mother and I are in love with the cup that is in your last picture! We want to have one and I need your info on this one, 제발!!!!

  13. JodyG joined 3/10
    Posted April 6th, 2013 at 8:02 pm | # |

    I would love to know how to make Korean Barley Tea, also the tea that has a smoky taste- I’m not sure what is is.
    I love your recipes!

  14. Korean Polock New Braunfels, TX joined 4/13
    Posted April 6th, 2013 at 1:52 pm | # |

    I was injured about two years ago and take a lot of medicines, side effects were all kinds of stomach problems, started drinking this twice a day, and I haven’t had any issues. I use to take ginger pills, but this seem to work better. Thanks for posting this recipe.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted April 6th, 2013 at 3:23 pm | # |

      I’m so happy that my recipe could help you! “started drinking this twice a day..” Keep taking care of yourself and I wish you good health!

  15. Ethlenn Poland joined 2/13
    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 10:26 am | # |

    Thank you very much for the recipe! Now that cold attacked, I’m not afraid of it!

  16. makemequiche DC joined 5/12
    Posted December 27th, 2012 at 1:24 pm | # |

    I purchased small jars and have been giving this away as holiday gifts. I keep hearing from friends this is the best ginger tea they’ve ever had. I agree!

  17. adina23 amsterdam joined 11/11
    Posted November 5th, 2012 at 11:44 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi
    Love your cooking! I have a question, where did u buy that lovely tea cup, the one in the last picture? Thank u and keep up the good work!

  18. Sali joined 6/12
    Posted September 29th, 2012 at 4:01 pm | # |

    I love hot ginger tea! This way of making it was new to me, but it is very handy. Now I can make a bigger batch and not have to grate ginger every time I want tea.

  19. makemequiche DC joined 5/12
    Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 11:55 am | # |

    i had a cold glass of this, and it hit the spot! delicious!

    • colorloud29 New York joined 9/12
      Posted September 6th, 2012 at 9:43 pm | # |

      Dear Maangchi, will you please make more various Korean herbal tea? Ginger tea is a big help for my health, yes! But I don’t want to get tired of drinking ginger tea everyday and I don’t know what to do with so many herbal medicines at the Asian store like herbal flowers and herbal plants. I really want to learn how to make various delicious herbal tea or juice from your country of Korea. I also love many various of Korean Bachan! ha! Please let me know, thanks!

  20. ladykeeks Oregon joined 8/12
    Posted August 17th, 2012 at 1:50 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi, where can i buy the cut-out paper thing that you put on the jar? its so cute.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted August 21st, 2012 at 6:32 am | # |

      oh, it’s sold at a Korean grocery store.

  21. Vanessa Seattle area joined 2/11
    Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 4:56 pm | # |

    I made this recipe today, it’s the best ginger tea I have ever had!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 11:25 am | # |

      yay, I’m glad to hear that! Cheers!

  22. janicedale Australia joined 2/12
    Posted July 24th, 2012 at 1:48 am | # |

    Oh! this must be an interesting and refreshing beverage. I would love to experiment in this kind of drinks. It is made by peeling and slicing the ginger and boiling it in water. Sliced lemon or honey are commonly added to provide a pleasant flavour for this.

  23. shin4481 Busan, Korea joined 7/12
    Posted July 11th, 2012 at 4:31 am | # |

    Hi.Ms.Maangchi! I was already a fan of you. I sent a e-mail to your gmail. Could you please check my e-mail? I think your recipes will be a great help for my friend.

  24. MariskaLim Jakarta, Indonesia joined 2/11
    Posted July 11th, 2012 at 2:30 am | # |

    wow! I’ve been wondering if u can make this. I found this in the korean supermarket near my home (beside the citrus tea that you bought it for me XD~) It will be great if i’m get cold i think. and suddenly you upload the video! DAEBAK~~~ ^^b!

    question, how long is gonna last in fridge..? one month? o-o?

  25. Myao USA joined 6/12
    Posted July 10th, 2012 at 2:48 pm | # |

    Oh, I love this! I just ran out of my instant ginger tea from my boyfriends parents in Singapore, and I was devastated because I could not find any here! I am so happy you posted this! :D Time to brew some Ginger Tea!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 10th, 2012 at 9:42 pm | # |

      great! Enjoy the ginger tea! : )

  26. Vibey Melbourne, Australia joined 4/12
    Posted July 9th, 2012 at 1:25 am | # |

    I have a cold and just made this. So delicious and soooo soothing! And your technique for peeling ginger with a spoon is genius!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 10th, 2012 at 9:43 pm | # |

      ” delicious and soooo soothing” I agree! : )

  27. Souavarat Houston, Texas joined 9/10
    Posted July 9th, 2012 at 1:23 am | # |

    Looks good. It is very hot in Texas so I will be making the cold tea to drink. It looks so refreshing!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 10th, 2012 at 9:45 pm | # |

      Cold cold ginger tea with lots of ice cubes will cool down your body heat! : )

  28. chitvillegas Philippines joined 8/09
    Posted July 8th, 2012 at 11:27 am | # |

    Maangchi…try squeezing a wedge of lemon into your hot tea and drop that wedge into your cup…add more honey according to taste! So good!

  29. j00licious Pennsylvania, USA joined 2/11
    Posted July 8th, 2012 at 9:36 am | # |

    This looks sooooo delicious! I’m going to experiment using some vegan honey alternatives–agave nectar and brown rice syrup. Hopefully the tea will turn out well!

  30. JulieVeg MA joined 5/10
    Posted July 8th, 2012 at 6:13 am | # |

    I used to make ginger tea all the time, but I would grate the ginger fresh each time. I will definately be trying this recipe so that it will be already made. Thanks!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 10th, 2012 at 9:50 pm | # |

      “I would grate the ginger fresh each time..” It sounds awesome!

  31. DubDiva United States joined 11/11
    Posted July 7th, 2012 at 11:11 pm | # |

    I will be making this recipe soon. It’s so incredibly healthy! I will tell the children that it’s “gingerade” and they’ll love it. And the grown-ups will have it hot. Mmm. Can’t wait.

    P.S. Your videos always make me happy. Thanks so much for posting them!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 10th, 2012 at 9:54 pm | # |

      Thank you very much! “gingerade”! They will love it! : )


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