Lemon Spice Tea

Servings: 2; Total Time: 15-mintues

Recipe developed by: Shannon Costello, RDN, LD with CFW


  • 2-3 cups (16-24 ounces) water*
  • ½ medium lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks (or ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric or ground ginger (optional)
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

*Less water will increase the concentration of flavor.

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
  2. Place 2-3 cups of water in medium sauce pot and bring to a boil. Alternatively, use a hot water kettle to boil water.
  3. Once boiling, remove from heat. Place all remaining ingredients, except for honey/maple syrup, in hot water and gently stir. Cover and let steep about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in honey/maple syrup for mild sweetness. Use ladle to carefully pour water into serving mugs, with or without whole ingredients (adding the “pulp” will continue to strengthen the flavor).
  5. Adjust sweetness to taste and enjoy at desired temperature.

Nutrition Tip:

This warming tea is infused with powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and anti-microbials to help support the immune system during times of high stress or illness. Add your desired sweetener for a soothing sip on a scratchy throat.