By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

A tisane is a soothing drink made by steeping herbs, spices, fruits or flowers in hot water. Here, ginger gives this welcome alternative to coffee or tea a pleasant spiciness.

Number of servings

Serves 6


  1. 6 cups water
  2. 1/4 cup peeled and chopped fresh ginger
  3. 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  4. 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves
  5. 6 tablespoons dark honey
  6. 1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges


In a large saucepan over high heat, combine the water, ginger and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the mint, and let steep for 5 minutes.

Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, placed over a pitcher, pressing down lightly on the ginger and mint. Discard the mint and ginger.

Stir the honey into the tisane. Serve hot or iced, garnished with a lemon wedge.

Nutritional analysis per serving

  • Total fat 0 g
  • Calories 77
  • Protein < 1 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 20 g
  • Dietary fiber 0 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 0 g
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Sodium 8 mg

This recipe is one of 150 recipes collected in The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook, published by Mayo Clinic Health Information and Oxmoor House, and winner of the 2005 James Beard award.

April 15, 2011