Drink Pretty: The Morning Detox Tea

Morning Detox Tea

This is the Morning Detox Tea (or tisane, if you're particular). It's a bright concoction with decisive notes of spice and heat. There's ginger for digestion, turmeric to cleanse the liver, cayenne to warm the body and amp up metabolism, and cinnamon to serve as an anti-inflammatory. It's a nice way to jumpstart your body at the beginning of the day, because a "detox" regimen doesn't have to cost $400 and deny you of solid food.

More than a straight-up recipe, this is a foundation and guideline to building a morning detox that best suits your taste and needs. The measurements are approximate and forgiving (just make sure not to overdo it with the cayenne and turmeric). Like ginger? Add more. Don't want honey? Skip it.

- 6-inch piece of fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- spoonful of raw honey
- squeeze of lemon

1. Peel ginger and slice thinly on the diagonal. Use the side of the knife to smash the ginger (exposing more surface area).
2. Add ginger slices to a saucepan with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Add the cinnamon sticks, turmeric, and cayenne. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
4. Strain into a mug.
5. Stir in a spoonful of honey and squeeze of lemon.

You'll still have plenty in the pot after that first cup. I like to keep the brew going all day, adding more water or spices with each serving. Enjoy!

—Kathy YL Chan

Photo by Kathy YL Chan. Kathy YL Chan is a tea authority based in NYC and Honolulu. She sources tea for private clients and consults for luxury brands on menus and retail tea lines. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @kathyylchan.

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  • Yasmeen Mjalli

    Heck yes! This is awesome. Being from the Middle East, my mom has always sworn on plain old cinnamon tea as a detoxifying drink but never felt it was doing anything. This combination of spices as well as the process of making the drink makes a more convincing argument. It's also free. Can't wait to try this out

  • Haiku Jew

    I'm mourning my blend
    that Trader Joe's stopped selling
    morning detox tea!

  • Emma and Emily

    Oh this sounds so good! I love adding cinnamon to my tea. Will be making this tomorrow.

  • http://www.thewhatsinbetween.blogspot.com Zoe

    I loooove a good cup of detox tea. Can you imagine how freaking delicious this is going to be on cold fall days? My hippie-dippie mother has a similar recipe for getting rid of a cold fast...I actually think it's the exact same thing minus the turmeric. xx

  • Karli

    Mmm- spicy tea. Word to the wise, best way to peel ginger is using the edge of a spoon and scrape the skin off. Mind blowingly easy and less wasteful than a peeler.

  • Janis

    Isn't there a box of tea bags or loose tea we can buy that gives the same results? Does Kathy have a rec for a store bought product that would do the same thing?

  • Maggie O

    Traditional Medicinals makes a really good detox tea as well. It's pretty heavy duty so alternate days or weeks with a recipe similar to this!

  • http://www.thelittleliongirl.com renilebeau

    I have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

    the little lion girl

  • Mady

    "Detox" has become a dumb, meaningless word. But this tea does sound tasty!

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    This sounds divine!

  • http://www.abeautymark.com/ NazNYC

    1 tsp of turmeric seems like a lot. Too much is toxic. I will try it out with less turmeric and maybe less cayenne. But this is a great recipe. I do hot lemon water every morning so this will be easy :)

  • iara

    Hi! This looks great! I'm so doing it.
    Can it be refrigerated?

  • Debra

    I've actually been trying to find a recipe like this for quite some time now! Spending lots of money on fancy detox teas just isn't my style so I'm definitely going to be giving this recipe a go.

  • Carolyn Fernandez

    OOOH, I can't wait to try this for me tomorrow morning and the nice thing about it is that I do have ll of these ingredients all the time in my pantry as well.

  • Phoebe Cole

    Just made this into an awesome detox ramen, subbing lime for lemon, leaving out all sweeteners, and tossing in a little curry and veggies!

  • Michelle Louise Love

    I need to start being more healthy, I have got myself into such a rutt and keep craving junk food. Today is a fresh start and I will train my brain to be good again. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.mademoisellenature.blogspot.com Mademoiselle nature

    Lovely recipe! Have to share it :-)

  • Mrs Brooks

    I'm making this now. Thank you..

  • Ashley Marie Perkins

    I made this just a little while ago and it was sooo spicy I can barely get it down! So disappointing. I would advise everyone to hold the cayenne and add it at the end or maybe just do a sprinkle instead of a 1/2 teaspoon.

  • Jessica du Plessis

    How about fresh mint? Is mint good? I cant wait to try this out, so much more real than those BS detox teas that every second insta-famous muppet poses with on IG.