This Té de Jengibre Recipe (Ginger Tea) is one of our favorite Christmas traditions when temperatures drop, and even in the Dominican Rep. we need a hot drink.
When I worked in an office in Santo Domingo the conserje would do the rounds every morning with a tray rattling with mugs of real te de jengibre -- ginger tea -- that she brewed herself using fresh ginger root.
Apart from requesting a reduced sugar version, I was an instant convert and soon became addicted to this delicious beverage, which is reputed to have a cleansing effect. I can also testify to its efficiency as a much-needed mid-morning pick-me-up.
Another refreshing Dominican tea is limoncillo or lemongrass tea made with the leaves of the lemongrass plant that grows abundantly in the countryside here. As its name suggests it has a lemony flavor and like ginger tea, it is believed to be good for the digestive system.
Ginger tea is also part of the caroling tradition (villancicos) and served to revelers as an alternative to the traditional shot of rum.
About this recipe
Both Clara and I prefer ginger tea without sugar, or very low on sugar. For this recipe we've left the options open for you, and made some suggestions that you can try and see which you prefer.
Té de Jengibre Recipe (Dominican Ginger Tea)
- ½ cup fresh ginger root cut into slices
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- Sugar , sweetener, or honey, to taste
Boiling: Boil the cinnamon sticks in 8 cups of water until the water is lightly colored. Remove the cinnamon. Add the ginger roots and boil for 5 minutes.
Serving: Remove the ginger and add sugar to taste. Serve hot with cookies of your preference.