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. adina23 amsterdam joined 11/11 & has 3 comments

    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!

  2. Sali joined 6/12 & has 12 comments

    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.

  3. makemequiche DC joined 5/12 & has 12 comments

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

    • colorloud29 New York joined 9/12 & has 1 comment

      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!

  4. ladykeeks Oregon joined 8/12 & has 1 comment

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

  5. Vanessa Seattle area joined 2/11 & has 4 comments

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

  6. janicedale Australia joined 2/12 & has 16 comments

    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.

  7. shin4481 Busan, Korea joined 7/12 & has 1 comment

    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.

  8. MariskaLim Jakarta, Indonesia joined 2/11 & has 55 comments

    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?

  9. Myao USA joined 6/12 & has 4 comments

    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!

  10. Vibey Melbourne, Australia joined 4/12 & has 11 comments

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

  11. Souavarat Houston, Texas joined 9/10 & has 45 comments

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

  12. chitvillegas Philippines joined 8/09 & has 3 comments

    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!

  13. j00licious Pennsylvania, USA joined 2/11 & has 4 comments

    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!

  14. JulieVeg MA joined 5/10 & has 12 comments

    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!

  15. DubDiva United States joined 11/11 & has 7 comments

    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!

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