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Ginger, Honey, Lemon & Cayenne Tea

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Ginger, Honey, Lemon, & Cayenne Tea

A few years ago when T Cafe opened (Remember Dooney’s in the Annex? –> I saw them on Restaurant Makeover back in 2008 or 2009 and was excited to go try it out… then it closed and became T Cafe in 2009). I fell in love with the idea of T Cafe, where food and tea merged. I never got to trying out too much of their food. I always ordered the same sandwich but changed up the teas. A cozy place to chill out on my laptop, sip on tea and have a quick bite. But their teapots always dripped and that drove me crazy.

Anyways, during one of my visits to T Cafe (It is now closed), I had the day off and I had a sore throat and runny nose, the start of a cold I thought. Grreeat. 😦

As I picked out my herbal tea, the server asked me if I had a cold? I guess she could tell by my runny/skin-peeling-from-too-much-blowing nose. She told me that the best remedy is a tea made from ginger slices, cayenne pepper, honey, and lemon juice. I asked her to repeat everything because it sounded sooo simple. She told me to make it when I got home. And I did. And it helped me get over my cold really fast – a few days at most.

I remember one time, I felt a cold coming on – the feeling of something in your throat (before the soreness develops). I made this tea. And the sore throat never came. Yeah…

The concoction might sound sort of strange but I’ve grown to really like it. Sometimes, I put too much cayenne and I still drink it. Some like it hot! It feels really good when you have a sore throat you’ve got the kick from the cayenne. 🙂

Here’s my easy peasy recipe. It’s just a rough guideline, use as much or as little of anything as you like.

Ginger, Honey, Lemon & Cayenne Tea


  • 2-3 thin slices of ginger (about 1/4 of a cm thick)
  • 1 slice of lemon or 1 wedge of lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • few shakes of cayenne pepper or about 1/4-1/2 tsp
  • Mug of boiled water


  1. Boil water in the kettle or stove top
  2. While water comes to boil, dice ginger, slice lemons, and gather honey and cayenne.
  3. Put ginger, honey and lemon (first give the wedge a squeeze, if you’re using it) into mug. Pour hot water over it.
  4. Add cayenne and stir. Drink up!

My tip on making this a breeze and not having to take out the cutting board every time when you make this drink – at least for a few days. PREP!

  • Slice a bunch of ginger
  • Slice up a lemon
  • Put both in the fridge in a bowl and just use whenever you are making a new tea.

And you’re golden!

What are your go-to cold remedies and concoctions? How do you fight your colds naturally?


Author: juliannayu

I love food, people and cats. I love reading about people's kitchen adventures, taking pictures of it, and sharing it with good company. I enjoy strolling, playing with cats on the street, chewing my food slowly, playing in the kitchen, curling up to a mug of hot tea and laughing with friends. This blog will include things I've done, eaten, seen, my interests, and anything else I can dream up. My hope is that you will find something you can perhaps relate to or enjoy during your visit here. Welcome to my world.

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