In the past few weeks I had the opportunity to visit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While there, I could not resist having what I call a “spa day” at Mandara Spa, located on the property of Sunway Lagoon Resort. Upon arrival, I was treated to a refreshing, cold ginger tea. Then after my treatment I was given the same tea, but this time it was served hot. I have been looking to make something exactly like this at home and asked if they could share the recipe. I’m happy they said, yes!

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This is an exotic version of what we call “sweet tea” in the Deep South. The beauty of this recipe is you can use any tea you like; it does not have to be black tea, and you can play around with the sweetness. I definitely like mine sweet, so this is perfect for my taste.

In Asia, fresh ginger is a staple ingredient in the kitchen. It is plentiful, inexpensive and there are many varieties to choose from.

A Few Notes About Ginger

Fresh ginger has many health benefits. It can:

  • Stimulate blood circulation
  • Calm motion sickness and digestive issues
  • Relieve rheumatic joint pain
  • Stave off fatigue and give you energy
  • Increase the appetite for healthy foods

Once chopped, sliced, grated or ground, the ginger’s aromatic oils and juices are released. When you blend fresh ginger with an infusion of lightly sweetened black (or green) tea, you will have a delicious, refreshing and healthy drink to serve for your next Sunday Brunch or to enjoy one lazy afternoon after a relaxing spa treatment.

Dinner Diva Tip: Fresh ginger can be kept in your freezer! Just peel the desired amount and store it in a labeled Ziploc bag until you’re ready to use it. It’s best to keep the portion sizes small for less waste later.

How to Make Ginger Tea

Here’s how to enjoy your own special blend of ginger tea at home:

Ginger Tea Recipe

  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 tea bags of your choice
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, or to taste (optional)
  • 6 slices fresh, peeled ginger (each one approx. the size of your pinky finger)

Note: if you prefer to use loose tea, you will want to strain the tea before using

Instructions:

  • Add sugar and ginger to boiling water
  • Stir until the sugar is dissolved; remove from the heat and set aside
  • Add the tea bags and let them brew for 30-40 minutes, or until the color reaches your desired strength
  • Remove the ginger and tea bags; enjoy hot or chilled

Dinner Diva Tip: In addition to (or instead of) fresh ginger, you can infuse your tea with fresh lemongrass, another prevalent ingredient in Southeast Asia. Just follow the same recipe as above for an exciting tea blend.

Want another fun tea recipe? Stay tuned for my post next week!

Mary Hathaway, Owner of Dinner Diva, has been a personal chef since 2002. She cooks regularly for clients who have special dietary needs, value healthy cooking by using organic products where possible and those who want healthy family meals but have no time to cook. Whether it’s a dinner for 4, a holiday party for 20, or a set of meals for the week, all of the recipes are customized to her client’s needs or lifestyle. Go to: Dinner-Diva.com for more info.