This Honey Lemon Tea recipe is a simple and delicious way to enjoy the many health benefits of this popular beverage. With just a few ingredients, this tea is easy to make and perfect for sipping on a cold day or when you’re feeling under the weather.

clear mug with honey lemon tea.

The exact origins of honey lemon tea are unknown, but it is believed to have been enjoyed for centuries in different parts of the world, including China, India, and Egypt.

Honey and lemon have long been recognized for their medicinal properties and have a long history of use as an herbal tea.

Today, honey lemon tea is a popular drink worldwide and continues to be appreciated for its many health benefits. I’ll show you how to make it using budget-friendly and easy-to-find ingredients.

You might also like my recipes for Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon Juice or Lemon Cinnamon Water!

Honey Lemon Tea Recipe Benefits

  • Skip the pre-packaged tea mixes and expensive tea bags that often have artificial sweeteners and make your own nourishing Honey Lemon Tea at home. It’s a hot beverage that is perfect during flu season or when you want to warm up.
  • Adapt the recipe to your needs. Make it with just 2 simple ingredients or add pieces of ginger or turmeric root for even more nourishment and flavor.
  • Make a double batch and share it first thing in the morning with your family.

Ingredients

fresh sliced lemon and jarred honey on table ready to make tea.
  • Fresh lemons are easy to find and are affordable. They are also a great source of vitamin C and have a bright flavor that goes so well in a hot tea. I also like using lemons in my Cucumber Ginger Lemon Water recipe.
  • Honey is a natural sweetener that is also great for soothing a sore throat (maybe even more effective than cough medicine)! See my list of the best natural sweeteners.
  • Filtered water is water that has been filtered using any number of methods to remove chemicals, pesticides, and chlorine.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Recipe Steps

This recipe couldn’t be easier. But, I’ve broken it down to make sure you get the best results.

Step One

Slice the lemon and juice it using a citrus juicer or a hand-held juicer. Try to remove the seeds from the lemon juice.

Step Two

Heat the fresh water. You can use boiling water, but be sure to let it cool down before drinking.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Three

Stir in the lemon juice and honey into your hot water and let it steep for a few minutes.

Feel free to garnish with fresh lemon slices.

Enjoy your refreshing tea at any time of day.

Got a headache? Don’t miss this list of the teas for headaches!

lemon honey tea in a white mug with lemons and honey in background.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • While fresh lemon juice is recommended for the best taste and health benefits, bottled lemon juice can be used as a substitute if fresh lemons are not available.
  • Use filtered water to reduce any chlorine flavor of non-filtered water.
  • You can customize this recipe by adding milk, a dash of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick, or other flavorings to your taste. Or, try adding a slice of fresh ginger or turmeric to the pot. You can also serve it with a dash of cayenne pepper for weight loss benefits (be cautious if your throat is very sore).
  • To make this recipe vegan, replace honey with other sweeteners like agave nectar or maple syrup.

Recipe FAQs

What type of honey is best to use in this recipe?

Any type of natural honey can be used in this recipe, such as raw honey, wildflower honey, or manuka honey.

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh lemon?

While fresh lemon juice is recommended for the best taste and health benefits, bottled lemon juice can be used as a substitute if fresh lemons are not available.

Can I drink honey lemon tea if I have a sore throat?

Yes, honey lemon tea can help to soothe a sore throat due to the antibacterial properties of honey and the anti-inflammatory properties of lemon. You might also like my Garlic Tea Recipe with Honey.

Is honey lemon tea a good source of vitamin C?

Yes, honey lemon tea is a good source of vitamin C, which can help to boost the immune system and promote overall health.

Does honey lemon tea have caffeine?

No, this cup of hot tea has no caffeine. If you want to add caffeine, feel free to add a green tea or black tea bag while you are steeping the tea in the hot water.

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Honey Lemon Tea (Sore Throat Recipe)

This Honey Lemon Tea recipe is a simple and delicious way to enjoy the many health benefits of this popular beverage. With just a few ingredients, this tea is easy to make and perfect for sipping on a cold day or when you’re feeling under the weather.

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. Begin by boiling 2 cups of water in a medium-sized pot.
  2. While the water is boiling, juice the lemon.
  3. Add the lemon juice and honey to the boiling water, stirring until the honey is completely dissolved.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and let the tea steep for 3-5 minutes.
  5. After the tea has steeped, remove it from heat and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
  6. To serve, pour the tea into a mug and enjoy!

Notes

  1. While fresh lemon juice is recommended for the best taste and health benefits, bottled lemon juice can be used as a substitute if fresh lemons are not available.
  2. Use filtered water to reduce any chlorine flavor of non-filtered water.
  3. You can customize this recipe by adding milk, a dash of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick, or other flavorings to your taste. Or, try adding a slice of fresh ginger or turmeric to the pot. You can also serve it with a dash of cayenne pepper for weight loss benefits (be cautious if your throat is very sore).
  4. To make this recipe vegan, replace honey with other sweeteners like agave nectar or maple syrup.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 37
  • Sugar: 9.2 g
  • Sodium: 10.1 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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About the Author: Carrie Forrest has a master’s degree in public health with a specialty in nutrition. She is a top wellness and food blogger with nearly 10 million annual visitors to her site. Carrie has an incredible story of recovery from chronic illness and is passionate about helping other women transform their health. Send Carrie a message through her contact form.

Note: this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations related to your individual situation.