Ginger Thyme Tea

This ginger thyme tea has an invigorating and refreshing herbal aroma. It can be enjoyed hot or cold and at any time of day. Serve it with a meal or on its own.

Fragrant Refreshing Ginger Thyme Tea in Glasses

Encountering Ginger Thyme Tea

I came across this tea when dining at a local Ethiopian restaurant recently and it impressed me. I’m always looking for alternatives to coffee and proper tea and this traditional brew jumped out at me. It had the bright, grassy aroma of thyme with a hint of ginger in the background. Before I had even taken a sip, I knew I wanted to try to recreate it.

The flavor of the tea was more balanced, with a tiny bite from the ginger. It was brunch time and a mug of the tea was just as welcome as we waited for our meal as it was paired with the meal. Ethiopian cuisine features some very vibrant seasoning and the tea held its own against the brunch.

Ginger and thyme for tea

Recreating the Ginger Thyme Tea

Based on my experience at the restaurant, I took a guess that the tea only had two ingredients – thyme and ginger. I figured that fresh herbs would be the way to go, though it is possible to buy tea made from dried thyme online. I experimented with a few different ratios until I had one that I was happy with.

Ginger thyme tea in a pot with ingredients on the side

Cooking and Serving Tips

I have only drunk the tea unsweetened, but I think it would be enjoyable lightly sweetened, too. Add sweetener gradually if you do.

Be sure to remove the herbs promptly from the pot when the tea is ready. Ginger continues to get stronger as it steeps, while thyme gets mellower. If you leave the herbs in, the ginger can easily overpower the thyme.

I’ve enjoyed this tea hot and cold. Since it’s caffeine-free it’s just as good with brunch as it is right before bed.

Serving invigorating ginger thyme tea into cups

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Ginger Thyme Tea

This tea has an invigorating and refreshing herbal aroma. It can be enjoyed hot or cold and at any time of day. Serve it with a meal or on its own.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Ethiopian
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Thomas


  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 20 grams fresh ginger sliced (2-3 tablespoons)
  • 4 cups water


  • Bring the water to a gentle boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the thyme and ginger. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and strain. Serve immediately or allow to cool. Can be served chilled and/or iced.


You can store the tea in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
As always, if you'd like to make a larger batch, click on the number of servings and drag the slider to the number of servings you'd like to make.
Easy refreshing ginger thyme tea collage

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