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This Shogayu recipe (ginger tea) is fragrant, warming and delicious, and all you need to make it is some fresh ginger, lemon and honey.


Shōgayu or ginger tea has the power to warm your body and soothe your soul and yet it’s not much more work than brewing a regular cup of tea. This basic recipe for a Japanese-style ginger tea covers everything you need to know to make this delicious elixir.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword ginger, tea, winter
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Vegetable
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Fat, Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Prep Time 4 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 4 mugs
Calories 77 kcal


  • 30 grams ginger
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 lemon (about 1/4 lemon per serving)
  • 4 tablespoons honey (optional)


  1. Grate the ginger, or use a knife to chop it up finely.
    Grating ginger for Shogayu
  2. Add the ginger to a teapot, along with some lemon zest.
    Teapot with ginger and lemon zest for making shogayu.
  3. Add about 3 cups of boiling water to the teapot and let this steep for 2 minutes.
    Adding boiling water to a teapot with ginger and lemon zest.
  4. Serve the ginger tea with wedges of lemon and a bowl of honey.
    Squeezing lemon into ginger tea.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77
% Daily Value*
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 18g20%
Vitamin C 14.7mg18%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.