(Lime or) Lemon Ginger Honey in a Jar

A simple recipe for lime or lemon ginger honey tea–ready in a jar when you need it. Just add hot water–who likes a nice hot winter drink!A simple recipe for lime or lemon ginger honey tea--ready in a jar when you need it. Just add hot water--who likes a nice hot winter drink!Did you hear the news? The incidence of influenza is down this year. Apparently, all that troublesome social distancing has a fringe benefit.

But I’m still going to make my Lemon Ginger Honey Tea! Even in good health, it makes a great comfort food! And I’m always up for a nice winter drink! 

A simple recipe for lime or lemon ginger honey tea--ready in a jar when you need it. Just add hot water--who likes a nice hot winter drink!So I decided it’s time to update and re-share this recipe!

The recipe is super easy since you make it once, store in the refrigerator, then scoop some out anytime you want a nice cup of lemon ginger honey tea. Like, maybe, every day?

How to Make Lemon Ginger Honey Tea in a Jar

You start by slicing lemons (or limes) and ginger. I try especially hard to use organic for this since the peel goes in as well.

Layer them in a jar and cover with honey

As the mix sits in your refrigerator, the flavors blend and the honey changes from a molten gold gel to a smooth liquid.

Then, whenever a cold (or simply the mood) hits, you spoon some out, then add hot water for a completely natural hot tea. How easy is that!

Now I recommend that you store this in the refrigerator, or it may ferment. While fermented foods have their value, you need to know how to prepare them safely–and a slightly boozy “tea” may have a different flavor and not be what you want to serve your ailing child!

Lime or Lemon Ginger Tea Ingredients

This started as a lemon tea recipe, but I made it with limes my first time, because I couldn’t find organic lemons. Yes, my daughter’s admonition about “not steeping pesticides” kept ringing in my ears. If you have both lemon and lime available, pick whatever suits your fancy–or do both! A simple recipe for lime or lemon ginger honey tea--ready in a jar when you need it. Just add hot water--who likes a nice hot winter drink!

I always have ginger root waiting in my freezer.  Did you know that ginger root freezes beautifully? Just wrap well (I slip into a zip loc) and cut off a piece any time you want a flavor boost.

A simple recipe for lime or lemon ginger honey tea--ready in a jar when you need it. Just add hot water--who likes a nice hot winter drink!The final ingredient is honey–see I told you this was easy!  If you go with raw honey, you may find that it has crystalized. Using crystalized honey is just fine in this recipe. It will probably re-liquify, but if not, you are adding hot water when you prepare which will liquify it then.

Yup, now I’m ready for winter!

A simple recipe for lime or lemon ginger honey tea--ready in a jar when you need it. Just add hot water--who likes a nice hot winter drink!

(Lime or) Lemon Ginger Honey in a Jar

A simple recipe for "tea in a jar." Perfect when cold weather arrives.
Author: Inger
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 8 hrs
Course Beverage
Servings 8


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 in piece of ginger
  • 1/2 c honey


  • Slice lemon thinly.
  • Peel and slice ginger.
  • Layer ginger and lemon slices in a 1 cup jar and top with honey. Place in refrigerator for 8 hours for flavors to blend.
  • To serve, spoon out a heaping spoonful of honey, lemon and ginger slices and place in a mug. Top with boiling water, stir, let sit for a few minutes, then serve.


Tips: Don't over stuff the jar with lemons and ginger--you should leave enough room for honey. As the jar gets emptier, you can add additional honey if desired.
You can substitute 2 limes for the lemon--it's delicious too!
I am not a health professional and nutrition data is calculated programatically. Accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
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45 thoughts on “(Lime or) Lemon Ginger Honey in a Jar

  1. Ann Egan

    I’ve just stumbled upon this recipe searching for lemon and lime coloured tea cannisters. LOL. I have to admit the pretty picture of the limes in the jar attracted me. I have a lime tree that is loaded with limes and are falling to the ground. Just wondering how long this will last in the fridge (we’re talking lots of limes).

    1. Inger Post author

      I don’t think we’ve ever gone more than a week without using this up. It might last awhile but it’s not really a preserving method. For super easy preservation, I freeze my citrus all the time–just put in a zip loc bag or freezer container and into the freezer. If you are low on freezer space you might also look up fermenting. I had excess garlic last winter and fermented a big jar which I’m using up now.

      Here in Wisconsin the idea of a tree dropping loads of limes is heaven! Good luck!

  2. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    I went through a daily-mug-of-fresh-ginger-tea phase for a number of years. I didn’t have with with the citrus and honey. I’ll have to try that the next time I make ginger tea.

  3. Christie

    With this cold weather and cold season coming on, this is perfect! I always add lemon and honey to my tea. It makes my throat feel so good! I’ll be keeping a jar of this on hand.

  4. Brittany

    I love this recipe! I’m so glad that I stumbled across your page. I’m usually on team lime, but I bet lemon would be fantastic too. I can’t wait to try this out! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Radha

    I always simmer ginger and then add lemon juice and honey at the end. This is pretty easy and no work at all. I need to try this. thanks for sharing.

  6. Lisa Kerhin

    I absolutely love this idea. I use lemon and honey in my tea all the time. I need to try the lime. These would also make great gifts for the tea drinkers I know

  7. Hezzi-D

    I love honey lemon tea and the addition of ginger ssounds amazing. I’ve got to try this as I like to sip on it all winter long.

  8. Audrey

    I am with your daughter on the use of organic fruit. And thanks for the tip on freezing ginger. I buy some and then forget to use it all before it gets mushy.

  9. Maria

    I made this recipe but i didn’t keep mine in the fridge, and now it has fermented! is this normal?

    1. Inger Post author

      Oh, so sorry Maria. That would be logical if you didn’t refrigerate it. I have heard of people fermenting things in honey (and mead is a fermented honey alcoholic beverage) but I can’t tell you if yours is safe or not. If there is ever mold or an off taste/smell with anything fermented, you should discard it. (As they say, “When in doubt, throw it out…” ) I will take a look at this post and see if I can emphasize refrigerating it, since my goal was not to create a fermented food!

  10. Ecca Anderson

    oh, we can use lime for honeylemon slices?!! sometimes lemons out of stock in the fruitshop, or the prices is so so expensive, thats too bad, bcause I love honeylemon….
    but, lime is cheaper than lemon and I can buy it everytime… thats great
    thank you

    1. Inger Post author

      They both work very well Ecca. You can also freeze lemons (or limes) whole or sliced. I have started doing this whenever I have a partial lemon left from a recipe and love being able to reach into the freezer when I don’t have fresh.

      1. Ecca Anderson

        I tried to freeze lemon slice. its ok for a month. thank you for your suggestion. 😀
        Lemons with thick peel is more durable than thin peel right? I usually use thick peel lemons.

        1. Inger Post author

          I don’t usually have an option, organic lemon is so hard to find in Wisconsin! If you notice a difference, let me know!

  11. Shanna

    Hello, in light of using this as a gift, does it need to be continuously refrigerated? Thank you for sharing such a beautiful recipe

    1. Inger Post author

      Hi Shanna… What a thoughtful gift! Yes, it should be refrigerated. It’s not going to go bad in a couple hours like meat might, but I tend to put it in a cooler with ice if I am traveling any distance with it.

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    1. Inger Post author

      I’ve made it at home one cup at a time by putting lemon and ginger in a pot to simmer & adding honey, but this is so much easier!

    1. Inger Post author

      I suppose it sounds silly but I think the beauty of the glossy fruit slices was part of the appeal to me!

    1. Inger Post author

      I try to let it sit about 8 hours, though I think my daughter (who was complaining of a sore throat) dipped in early ;-). If the honey has turned more liquid-y and you can taste the citrus and ginger in it, it should be good.

    1. Inger Post author

      The practicality of this was a huge attraction for me. It always felt like a lot of work before to make this on the fly. Now I may need to ration my youngest who is loving this!

  14. Louise

    Woo, Woo, look at you with your new recipe layout! It looks wonderful Inger!!! However, those Honey in a Jar recipes are pretty snazzy too. I don’t even want to mention the word cold in this house but, having a mix like this ready and able to help is probably a good idea.

    Organic lemons have been so “dear” around here. (that’s what marion says when things are expensive:) I’ll be looking for them though. I may go Lime too for the time being.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Inger…Stay well…

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks Louise. I am trying a recipe plugin now–don’t know why I waited this long on that. You should check our your Trader Joe’s on the lemons again because I think they are just coming in season. If they are still ridiculous, the limes are wonderful in this. I may even like them better! Happy winter!

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