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!


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  1. yanamana Colorado, USA joined 4/16 & has 6 comments

    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!

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

  3. putri90 joined 5/15 & has 3 comments

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

  4. eliz742 joined 4/15 & has 2 comments

    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 joined 4/15 & has 2 comments

    Hi maangchi,

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

  6. Gsfan Belguim joined 2/15 & has 1 comment

    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 joined 2/15 & has 1 comment

    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 joined 10/14 & has 2 comments

    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 joined 12/13 & has 1 comment

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

  10. maangchisyummyfood Vancouver joined 8/13 & has 9 comments

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

  11. n4rit4 Montclair, NJ joined 11/12 & has 10 comments

    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!!!!

  12. JodyG joined 3/10 & has 1 comment

    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!

  13. Korean Polock New Braunfels, TX joined 4/13 & has 1 comment

    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.

  14. Ethlenn Poland joined 2/13 & has 2 comments

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

  15. 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!

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