Lemon Ginger Water

Lemon Ginger Water isn’t a new trend or fad, it has actually been used as a form of detox and rejuvenation water for many years. Both lemon and ginger have many restorative properties that make it ideal for a healthy lifestyle.

Close up of lemon ginger water with lemon slices


Of all of the flavored water recipes, this Lemon Ginger Water is one of the best! Super refreshing and oh so delicious!

It’s sometimes challenging for me to remember to drink water throughout the day. What with two little ones, working and taking care of the house, it’s not always on the forefront of my mind.

Drink Enough Water!

Not only is it hard for me to remember to drink it, but a glass of water is just so…boring. And because of the many overall health benefits of staying properly hydrated, I need to make my plain water a little more exciting, if you will.

Lemons and ginger on a green linen
Lemons and Ginger

Lemon Ginger Water

There are plenty of ways to infuse the water you drink. You can use frozen fruit, fresh fruit, fruit juice. The options are endless! But I particularly love the combination of ginger and lemon, so why not add it to my water?

This Lemon Ginger Water is super simple to make! Simply start by boiling four cups of water. Add in the sliced ginger, and allow that to steep for about 15-20 minutes.

Grating ginger on a micrograter
Grating Ginger- Grating ginger will give you even more intense flavor

After steeping, strain out the slices of ginger and discard them. You can either allow time for the water to cool if serving cold, or pour immediately into glasses if serving hot.

Then simply add slices of fresh lemon to each glass, and serve! You can add ice cubes if you choose to serve it cold, too.

While I like to limit mine to just lemon and ginger flavor, some folks also like to add a dollop of honey or agave nectar to sweeten it up a bit. Some also like to include fresh mint leaves.

Two glasses of ginger lemon water with fresh lemons
Two glasses of lemon ginger water

Chilled Fancy Water

It is perfect served chilled on a hot summer day. Refreshing and tasty, it works for tea parties. It can also be served hot and does wonders for sore throats and a cough.

Starting your day with a glass of this Lemon Ginger Water will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world. So much better than those sugary energy drinks sold in the grocery stores!

Overhead of ginger lemon water on marble
Flavored Lemon Ginger

The benefits of drinking ginger water include:

ONE. Ginger has long been known to help with nausea. Whether you are pregnant and have morning sickness, sick or just having a little upset tummy, fresh ginger can reserve those symptoms might quick.

TWO. Ginger has been linked heavily to anti inflammatory properties. Not only does it help reduce inflammation, it can also prevent it. Due to this, it is great for those who work out regularly, reducing muscle soreness and fatigue.

THREE. Great for the ladies. I am not trying to be all sexist here, but because it can reduce inflammation, it has also been linked to reducing pain from menstrual cramping.

A glass of lemon detox water
Ginger Detox Water

FOUR. Ginger is an antioxidant and has been linked to reducing heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, some cancers and overall aging.

FIVE. You need to stay hydrated and for those who claim they hate the taste of water, sometimes you need a little flavor and ginger water will give you some!

If you liked this lemon water recipe, check out these other refreshing drink recipes:

Lemon Ginger water for Pinterest


Heavy Bottom Sauce Pan– this will be one of your most used kitchen tools. Having something that is heavy bottom will distribute heat better and prevent burning whether you are using an electric or gas range. 

Micrograter– A small kitchen utensil you find you use a lot more than you expected! For an even more intense ginger flavor, grate the ginger instead of slicing it. 

Fine Mesh Sieve– The perfect way to strain liquids with very small bits and pieces.

Questions you might have about how to make Lemon Ginger Water:

How long does it last? Lemon Ginger Water can stay stored in the fridge for several days, but be mindful that the longer it sits, the murkier it becomes in color from the steeped ginger. This is normal. it just doesn’t look as pretty.

Does ginger water help you lose weight? No, drinking this alone will not help you lose weight. However it is part of a healthy lifestyle.

Does ginger help you sleep? Apparently some studies suggest this, but I have not seen them. When I was working as a psychotherapist and teaching sleep hygiene, this was not one of the things that was discussed as a potential sleep aid.

Close up of lemon ginger water with fresh ingredients
A glass of lemon detox water

Lemon Ginger Water

4.50 from 12 votes
Of all of the flavored water recipes, this Lemon Ginger Water is one of the best! Super refreshing and oh so delicious!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Bring water to a boil on the stove.
  • Add ginger slices, remove from heat and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes.
  • Strain ginger pieces from the water and discard the ginger.
  • Pour into serving glasses and add fresh lemon slices.
  • Can be served hot or cold.
  • Please come back and let us know what you think.


For an even more intense ginger flavor, grate the ginger instead of slicing it. 


Calories: 11 kcal, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 13 mg, Potassium: 52 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin C: 14 mg, Calcium: 15 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Calories: 11
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: detox water, ginger water, lemon water
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Chef Jessica Anne Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal, Mashed and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    I love citrus fruits and lemon is surely one of them. This Lemon Ginger water sounds so healthy and refreshing and I sip it too often for my water intake.

  2. 5 stars
    I love your idea of making this refreshing and healthy lemon ginger water. I love both ingredients a lot, and I will surely love the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite drink and I make it all the time, but I’ve never tried grating the ginger! I’ll try it out soon. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Lemon and Ginger! two of my favorites. Great idea. Always looking for lemon recipes to use the lemons from my tree. Thank you for this one.