Fresh Homemade Ginger Tea {Salabat}

Want to know the best fresh tea drink that washes away winter blues? Fresh homemade ginger tea. Yup. It reminds me of Saturday nights when fellowship gatherings simply called “social night” catered for the young and singles in the church community were held. It often became a family event. It involved a lot of parlor games, comical skits, and some other fun activities, etc…and well, lots of belly laughs and camaraderie. Quite often snacks were served. Fresh ginger tea was one. Locally known as salabat, this particular tea was done in large quantities in order to serve the whole church community. Now that I am in a different land, this tea brings back happy and fun memories of bygone days. I know, I love to reminisce old times ;). This calming drink drives away the blues and soothes throats and bloated stomachs due to holiday partying. It only takes 10 minutes or less to make just enough for two.

It only has three key ingredients: fresh ginger, brown sugar, and water. The sugar can be substituted with honey or you can simply not add it. I do not normally put sugar in my hot teas but when freshly made, like this ginger tea, I like it with some sweetness. Without it, it tastes like soup to me. You may opt to add lemon. I love to make mine authentic, just the way I remember how it tasted.

Healthwise, this drink improves digestion and increases the absorption of food. It also helps with nausea and vomiting. And…it doesn’t contain any caffeine which could disrupt your sleeping pattern. If you don’t like ginger, perhaps, now is the time to try it to see if you will develop a liking to it. 😉  Want to know more benefits of ginger? Read on.

Fresh Ginger Tea {Salabat}

Best tea drink for holiday partying and winter blues! 🙂

  • Prep Time: 2m
  • Cook Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 7m
  • Serves: 2


  • 2 inch fresh ginger
  • 3 c water
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar


  1. Pound or slice fresh ginger.
  2. Boil ginger in water.
  3. Add brown sugar and adjust according to taste.
  4. Enjoy this deliciousness!

Drink happy,




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