2-Ingredient Lemon Ginger Water

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Lemon Ginger water is a great way to up your antioxidants and jumpstart your digestion in the morning. It’s the perfect companion to any morning ritual.

It’s not only easy to make but also offers a myriad of health benefits. With just two simple ingredients, you can create a beverage that’s not only hydrating but also packed with flavor and health benefits.

I’ve written about the benefits of drinking lemon water before, and this variation simply adds more nutrients to this refreshing drink.

Why Lemon Ginger Water?

Lemon and ginger are two powerhouse ingredients that have been used for centuries for their medicinal properties. When combined, they create a refreshing and invigorating drink that can aid digestion, boost immunity, and promote weight loss.

Plus, it’s a great way to stay hydrated and add some zest to your daily water intake.

Health Benefits of Lemon Ginger Water:

  • Aids Digestion: Ginger is known for its ability to soothe the stomach and aid in digestion.
  • Boosts Immunity: Both lemon and ginger are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help strengthen your immune system.
  • Promotes Weight Loss: This low-calorie drink can help boost metabolism and support weight loss efforts.
  • Improves Skin Health: The vitamin C in lemons can help promote collagen production, leading to healthier, more radiant skin.

While lemons are a key ingredient in this refreshing drink, they can sometimes be expensive, especially if you’re using them regularly. To make the most of your lemons and save some money, you can easily modify this recipe to use more or less lemon. Simply quarter your lemon or slice half a lemon into thin rounds and add it to your water along with the ginger.

Single Serving:

  • 1/4 of a large lemon
  • 1/4-inch fresh ginger, grated (or sliced for a more mild flavor)
  • optional: add a dash of turmeric for even more antioxidant properties

Single Serve Instructions:

Cut a lemon into quarters. Squeeze the juice from one quarter into a mug or glass, then add the ginger. Fill with filtered water and enjoy.

Batch Servings:

Serves 4

  • 1 lemon, washed and sliced, seeds removed
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
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Batch Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Start by washing the lemon and ginger thoroughly. Slice the lemon into thin rounds and remove the seeds. Peel the ginger and slice it into thin pieces or grate it for a stronger flavor.
  2. Infuse the Water: Fill a pitcher with about 4 cups of water. Add the lemon slices, squeezing them as you add them, and ginger to the water. For a more intense flavor, you can gently muddle the ginger and lemon in the water.
  3. Let It Sit: Allow the mixture to infuse for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. For a stronger taste, you can leave it to infuse overnight and use it over the next 4 days.
  4. Serve: Pour the lemon ginger water into a glass, and if desired, add a few ice cubes for a refreshing chill. You can also garnish with a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint for an extra touch of freshness.
  5. Enjoy: Sip and enjoy the refreshing taste of your homemade lemon ginger water!

Hot or Cold Water?

When making lemon ginger water, you have the option to use either cold or hot water, depending on your preference and the desired effect. Each method offers its own unique benefits:

Using Cold Water:

  • Refreshing: Cold lemon ginger water is incredibly refreshing, especially on a hot day or after a workout. It’s a great way to cool down and rehydrate.
  • Infusion Time: Cold water infusions take longer, so you’ll need to let your lemon and ginger sit in the water for a few hours or overnight to fully extract the flavors.

Using Hot Water:

When using hot water, it should be just warmer than warm, not boiling, as boiling water can affect some of the nutrients in lemon and ginger. In this case, use very warm or room-temperature water.

  • Quick Infusion: Hot water extracts the flavors of lemon and ginger more quickly, so you can enjoy your drink sooner. This is ideal if you’re short on time or want a warm beverage.
  • Soothing: A warm cup of lemon ginger water can be soothing, especially during colder months or if you’re feeling under the weather. It’s comforting and can help ease a sore throat.

Ultimately, the choice between cold and hot water comes down to personal preference and the occasion. If you’re looking for a quick, comforting drink, hot water is the way to go. For a more refreshing and leisurely infusion, cold water is your best bet. Either way, you’ll still reap the health benefits of this delightful concoction.

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2-Ingredient Lemon Ginger Water

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  • Author: Elizabeth Rider
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 1
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Slice
  • Cuisine: American


Make this refreshing Lemon Ginger Water and enjoy its health benefits, from boosting immunity to aiding digestion.


  • 1 lemon, washed and cut into quarters, seeds removed
  • 1/4 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated (or sliced)
  • filtered water


Cut a lemon into quarters. Squeeze the juice from one quarter into a mug or glass, then add the ginger. Fill with filtered water and enjoy.


Tips & Variations:

  • Adjust the Intensity: Feel free to adjust the amount of lemon and ginger according to your taste preferences. More ginger will add a spicy kick, while more lemon will make it tangier.
  • Add Sweetness: If you prefer a slightly sweeter drink, you can add a teaspoon of honey, maple syrup, or a few drops of stevia.
  • Boost the Nutrition: Add a dash or turmeric to your lemon ginger water for even more nutritional benefits.
  • Boost the Flavor: Enhance the flavor by adding other ingredients like cucumber slices, fresh mint leaves, or a dash of cayenne pepper for a spicy twist.Stay Hydrated: Keep a pitcher of lemon ginger water in your fridge to ensure you stay hydrated throughout the day. It’s a delicious alternative to plain water!

Lemon ginger water is a simple, yet powerful drink that offers a plethora of health benefits. Whether you’re looking to improve your digestion, boost your immunity, or simply stay hydrated, this 2-ingredient recipe is the perfect addition to your daily routine.

Give it a try and enjoy the refreshing goodness of lemon ginger water!

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