Basil Ginger Lime Tea is a refreshing and good for you drink made by steeping spices like coriander, cardamom along with fresh basil, ginger and lime juice. A different kind of tea, this is a  refreshing drink that comes with health and healing benefits that can be served chilled or hot.
A large pitcher and a glass filled with basil ginger lime tea on a board with fresh limes and basil


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I have said time and time again about the natural healing and health benefits of spices and herbs. As you can tell, I like to make my own comforting teas to drink as in the recent recipe over the winter that I enjoyed for soothing therapeutic herbal tea.  This tea is no different when it comes to the ingredients because each one serves a purpose.



Basil ginger lime tea in a glass with ice, a pitcher full and basil
This basil ginger lime tea is almost as easy as dropping a teabag into a cup and adding hot water.


The element of these teas that I like the most is that they can be enjoyed year round. Ho in the cold months when you’re feeling under the weather and chilled for the warm summer days to refresh and take in added nutrients at the same time. This tea is also caffeine free so you can enjoy it right before bedtime.
A closer image of a glass of basil ginger lime tea garnished with ice and fresh basil

Basil Ginger Lime Tea – Health Benefits

Coriander – helps digestion, helps high cholesterol, anti inflammatory qualities.
Cardamom – helps digestion, detoxify, a mild diuretic, and unstudied claims of being an antidepressant
Black Pepper –  improves digestion, provides respiratory relief for colds and allergies along with antioxidants
Fresh Ginger – helps digestion and nausea, improves appetite, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Honey –  rich in antioxidants, can help lower blood pressure, can help lower cholesterol, can soothe a sore throat and cough, helps with allergies
Fresh Basil – anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, immune booster
Lime Juice –  boosts immunity, can help kidney stone prevention, helps iron absorption

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Basil Ginger Lime Tea

Basil Ginger Lime Tea

Spices like coriander and cardamom, are steeped with fresh basil, ginger and lime. A different kind of tea, this is a  refreshing drink that comes with health and healing benefits.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 3 1/2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons ground cardamom
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 8 cups water
  • 16 basil leaves
  • 6 limes, juiced


  1. To a large piece of cheese cloth, add the coriander, cardamom, black peppercorns and ginger. Wrap and tie tightly with string.
  2. To a medium saucepan add the water and bring to a boil, turn down to low simmer. Add the honey and stir until it is melted. Add the spices. Crush the basil with your hands to release its flavor and add to the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the spice bag and basil and pour into a pitcher. Refrigerate until chilled.
  4. After 5 minutes, turn off the heat and stir in the lime juice. Allow the tea to steep in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate to chill.
  5. Serve with sliced lime  over ice.


This recipe yields 8 cups

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 63Sodium 16mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 2gSugar 9gProtein 1g