Fresh Turmeric Tea Recipe – Cookie and Kate

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Let’s warm up with some fresh turmeric tea, shall we? It’s golden and earthy, spicy and soothing at the same time.

Fresh turmeric is too precious to go to waste, so this tea is the perfect way to use up any leftover turmeric you might have on hand.

turmeric tea ingredients

If you’re a fan of fresh ginger tea, I’m confident you’ll enjoy turmeric tea. Turmeric and ginger are close cousins, after all. Like ginger tea, turmeric tea can also help settle an upset stomach.

Try turmeric tea as a mid-day pick-me-up, or wind down with a mug in the evenings. It’s simple to make, and a lovely alternative to caffeinated or alcoholic drinks.

how to make turmeric tea

How to Make Turmeric Tea

Turmeric tea is very easy to make. You don’t even need to peel the turmeric first—do be mindful, though, that turmeric can stain anything it touches (your fingers, counter top, cutting board).

Use about a 2-inch nub of turmeric per cup of water. Simply slice the turmeric into thin rounds, each no wider than 1/4-inch. Combine the turmeric and water in a saucepan and gently simmer the mixture for 5 minutes before straining.

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Turmeric Tea Variations

Turmeric tea offers bold flavor all on its own. To amp up the warming spice element, steep it with a cinnamon stick, a few twists of coarsely ground black pepper, or some thinly sliced fresh ginger. For a more calming drink, add a few sprigs of fresh mint.

As an accent, try garnishing your turmeric tea with a round of lemon or orange. If you prefer a sweeter drink, add a light drizzle of honey or maple syrup (up to 1 teaspoon, to taste, should do the trick).

turmeric tea in mugs

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Please let me know how you like your turmeric tea in the comments! I love hearing from you.

turmeric tea with optional garnishes


Turmeric Tea

  • Author: Cookie and Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Southeast Asian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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Learn how to make fresh turmeric tea (plus flavor variations, see notes) with this simple recipe. Turmeric tea is soothing and potentially anti-inflammatory. Recipe written for 1 cup of tea; multiply as desired.



  • One 2-inch nub of fresh turmeric (no need to peel)
  • 1 cup water
  • Optional: Lemon or orange round, honey or maple syrup


  1. To prepare the turmeric, slice it into thin rounds (no wider than ¼-inch). Combine the sliced turmeric and water in a saucepan over high heat. 
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat. Carefully pour the mixture through a mesh sieve into a heat-safe liquid measuring cup, or directly into a mug.
  4. If desired, serve with a lemon or orange round and/or a light drizzle of honey or maple syrup, to taste. Serve hot.


Change it up: Choose just one optional flavoring—1 cinnamon stick, several twists of coarsely ground black pepper, 1-inch piece of fresh ginger (cut into thin slices, same as the ginger), or several sprigs of fresh mint. Combine with the turmeric and water before warming the mixture.

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