Ginger Tea Lemonade with Sweet Apple {and a giveaway!}

April 11th, 2013 at 9:09 am

Rebecca Katz has long been one of my favorite cookbook authors. I’ve made dozens of recipes from her first two books, One Bite at a Time and The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, and now I’m finding inspiration within the pages of her newest tome, The Longevity Kitchen.

If Rebecca and I were neighbors, I have a feeling that we’d be at each others’ houses for dinner on a regular basis. (Or at least I’d be at hers!) Rebecca makes the food I love to eat: simple, seasonal, and flavorful with an extra emphasis on healthfulness.We’re often told to eat certain foods because they’re “good for us,” but beyond that we don’t really know why. Rebecca unearths the why behind the super food hype in a very easy to understand, conversational way that makes me feel like she’s chatting with me over a cup of tea right in my kitchen…

A gal can dream, yes?

I took inspiration from The Longevity Kitchen’s “Invigorating Tonics and Elixirs” section to make this refreshing and simple Ginger Tea Lemonade with Sweet Apple. With the arrival of spring, my thirst has been through the roof! I can’t get enough smoothies and “mocktails” these days. Rebecca’s original recipe called for chamomile tea and green apples. Since I didn’t have either on hand, I made my own spin on her recipe with ginger tea and sweet Gala apples, adding a touch more sweetener to the mix and diluting the tart lemon juice just a hair.

The result? A thirst-quenching, belly-soothing, mouth-puckering beverage that’s somewhat of a cross between iced tea and lemonade. I would have never thought to combine those two beverages into something so hydrating like this. Rebecca knows her stuff.

I’ve tried a lot of ginger teas and my favorite is definitely Tazo Organic Spicy Ginger. It’s a fragrant blend of ginger, orange peel, green Rooibos, chamomile, lemon myrtle, fennel, and licorice root with a little orange essence oil for added flavor. A cup after a meal soothes digestion wonderfully.

Use any ginger tea you like for this lemonade, but bear in mind that chilled beverages typically taste less intense than hot ones, so make sure you’re using a strongly flavored tea that has some depth to it. That’s why I like Tazo. I’m also a fan of Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger with Chamomile and, if you’re willing to dole out a little more moolah, Mighty Leaf Ginger Twist. (By the way, neither of these companies paid me to talk them up. I’m just giving you the scoop on my personal faves!)

The Giveaway

Update 4/17/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!

Rebecca has generously offered to give away a signed copy of The Longevity Kitchen to one Daily Bites reader. If you’re at all interested in living a long, healthy, and vibrant life, you need this book on your shelf!

(Just to note: the book is not 100% gluten-free or dairy-free, but most of the recipes are or could easily be adapted to your needs. So much inspiration!)

Here’s how to enter. Do one or all of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this post answering this question: What is your favorite healthy hydrating beverage?
  • “Like” Rebecca Katz on Facebook and leave a comment saying that you did.
  • “Like” Daily Bites on Facebook and leave a comment saying that you did.

Giveaway will be open until April 16, 2013 at 6 pm CST. Giveaway is open to United States residents only. Winner will be selected randomly and notified via email that they have won. If winner does not respond to email within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected. Good luck!

Ginger Tea Lemonade with Sweet Apple

Yield: 5-1/4 cups

Adapted from The Longevity Kitchen by Rebecca Katz (Ten Speed Press, 2013)


5 ginger tea bags

4-1/2 cups water

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 medium sweet apple, such as a Gala or Pink Lady, grated on the large holes of a box grater

1 tablespoon Grade B maple syrup or coconut nectar (or more to taste)


Place the tea bags in a large heat-safe bowl. Boil the water and pour it over the tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes.

Remove the tea bags from the bowl. Stir in the lemon juice, grated apple, and maple syrup. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until cold. Strain. Taste and add more maple syrup to sweeten if desired. Serve chilled.

 Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of The Longevity Kitchen to review, but my opinions are my own.


  1. Jess Sibilia said on April 11, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I Love Ginger so this caught my eye in a second!! I’m also a huge fan of Tazo teas so this could not be more perfect. Looking forward to giving it a try. Looked up Rebecca Katz on facebook and “liked” her page. ;)

  2. My favorite hydrating drink is cucumber, aloe vera, celery, and coconut water mixed together! Thanks for making the giveaway possible!

  3. Jeannie Connelly said on April 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

    My favorite hydrating drinks are a simple lemon or lime water in a glass filled with ice, or a icy cold glass of coconut water with a bit of pineapple juice. This recipe looks great, though, and seems like a far healthier version of a soothing lemon ginger drink I enjoyed at a local coffee shop. There, though, the first ingredient after water was sugar…not the best for the immune system or waistline!

  4. Jeannie Connelly said on April 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I like daily bites on Facebook.

  5. Dawn Harrell said on April 11, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Comment #1~~~ Water would be my fave. Orane G2 would be my 2nd.
    Comment #2~~~Liked Rebecca Katz’s facebook page.
    Comment #3~~~Like Daily Bites’ facebook page.
    Thanks for he recipe and the chance to win.

  6. Sandra Winters said on April 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Good ol’ water :)

  7. Sandra Winters said on April 11, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Liked Rebecca Katz

  8. This sounds absolutely fabulous — definitely going to try it! Thanks for the opportunity to come away with this new book — very generous!

  9. Sandra Winters said on April 11, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Already liked Daily Bites :) Thanks for the great giveaway. Fingers crossed!

  10. This looks so amazing!!! Ginger and apple together is perfection. Lately my favorite beverage is my orange chia refresher (which I just shared on my blog this week)

  11. That sounds just SO good. Gotta try it! I already love ginger tea–this will take it to a whole new level!

  12. I am fan of simple water with lemon slices, but this looks wonderful. I can’t wait to try it, Hallie.

  13. Jim Schmechel said on April 11, 2013 at 11:20 am


  14. My favorite hydrating drink is water with lemon slices. Ill have to try this:)
    Liked Rebecca Katz’s facebook page.
    Liked Daily Bites’ facebook page.

  15. catherine said on April 11, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I liked Daily Bites on FB

  16. catherine said on April 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I liked Rebecca’s FB page too!

  17. catherine said on April 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

    lately, I’m stuck on raw kombucha (ginger). I’m hoping to try making it myself soon!

  18. Water is my favorite hydrating beverage!

  19. I like Daily Bites on Facebook!

  20. I’m a fan of Rebecca’s and Daily Bites on facebook. Ive been drinking a lot of ginger peach greentee with Matcha..

  21. love just water and would love to have this book!

  22. Favorite hydrating drink is water. Favorite healthy drink would be Blood from Julliano’s raw cookbook, which is made by juicing beets, apples, ginger, and lime….yum!

  23. liked daily bites on facebook!

  24. liked Rebecca Katz on facebook!

  25. I, too, am a ginger fan and this could be my new fave!

    Already a “liker” with you on FB, heading over to Ms. Katz’s site now.

    thanks for this, and to Rebecca for the giveaway.

  26. I love my brewed kombucha. Love it!

  27. This sounds wonderful. While I, too, love water with lemon slices sometimes one wants variety! I like the other suggestions above, particularly those with coconut water and ginger. I buy ginger in bulk as I’m a juicer. The giveaway is generous. I never win anything, so I might go buy the book. Thanks.

  28. Cheryl Tessier said on April 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I gladly liked Daily Bites on FB. Thanks!

  29. Heather R. said on April 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    What a great giveaway, I would love to win! My favorite beverage by far is just plain old lemon and water. Delicious and refreshing. A close second is kombucha.

  30. I am a big fan of water kefir, but haven’t made any in months (I need new grains!). I found Lavender Kombucha the other day and can’t get enough. Your recipe sounds delicious – gotta give it a try soon!

  31. Heather R. said on April 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I like the daily bites on facebook

  32. My favorite healthier hydrating beverage is rooibos tea.

  33. I like Daily Bites on Facebook.

  34. I like Rebecca Katz on Facebook.

  35. I drink mainly water but at times drink green tea.

  36. I drink water all the time but I also love to make my own vegetable juices !

  37. I’m a fan of Rebecca Katz and Daily Bites on Facebook !!

  38. Honestly, water is my favorite xD otherwise, water kefir! Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Followed on FB!

  40. Followed on FB #2!

  41. My favorite beverage is filtered water with cucumber and mint leaves – cold! Refreshing!

  42. I “liked” Rebecca Katz on Facebook

  43. I “liked” Daily Bites on Facebook

  44. My favorite thing to make at home is carrot, ginger and lemon juice! So delicious and helps me stay healthy.

  45. Sparkling water is my treat. I know that sounds silly, but it’s such a splurge to pay for water for me!

  46. My thirst has been through the roof lately too and the Ginger Tea Lemonade looks amazing! I liked Daily Bites and Rebecca Katz on Facebook.

  47. I “liked” Rebecca Katz’s Facebook page

  48. I “liked” Daily Bites’ Facebook page.

  49. My favorite ways to hydrate are coconut water, ginger tea or carrot juice. Im looking forward to trying out new recipes.

  50. I like to drink water with lemon. If I am feeling congested my drink of choice is decaf tea w/cayenne and ginger. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win :)

  51. My favorite would be apple cider vinegar tea…I have it twice a day, everyday!

  52. Adelaide said on April 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Water…with lemon or lime.

  53. Angela G said on April 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    In the Winter I like Ginger Cinnamon hot “tea”. In the summer I like Georgia Sweet Tea with honey instead of sugar. (BTW likes and commented on both :)

  54. I’m a water girl….with or without lemons!

  55. I “like” Daily Bites on FB.

  56. I “like” Rebecca Katz on FB.

  57. I love homemade ginger beer and kombucha.

  58. My favorite beverage is seltzer w/fresh lemon or raw apple cider vinegar. I also love ginger kombucha!
    Thanks for the giveway!!

  59. My favorite hydrating beverage is seltzer w/fresh squeezed lemon juice!

  60. Liked Rebecca Katz on fb…and already own her 2 previous books, they are great!

  61. Already a fan of daily bites on fb!!

  62. Desiree Guokas said on April 12, 2013 at 2:17 am

    My fave is cucumber, pineapple, apple and fresh ginger.

  63. Honestly, I drink water more than anything. We love ginger though, and this sounds great!

  64. Just plain old water for me!

  65. I also like you on FB

  66. mmmm kombucha

  67. Brianna Tittel said on April 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I liked Rebecca’s FB page.

  68. Pamela R said on April 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Chaga Water — favorite hydrating drink
    Ginger Detox Tea — 2nd favorite drink (chopped organic ginger, 1/2 squeezed lemon and 2 shakes of cayenne)

    I “Like” Daily Bites
    I “Liked” Rebecca Katz

  69. This recipe has a lot of my favorite things in it for drinks. My most go to is fresh peppermint in red zinger cold.Sometimes I add pineapple juice.

  70. My favorite hydrating drink is water with a splash of lemon. I also have a weakness for chai tea with vanilla almond milk over ice. Yumm!!

  71. My favorite hydrating drink is hibiscus tea with chia seeds in it.

  72. Pure unadulterated water.

  73. Mint Tea.

  74. Katie Russell said on April 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I liked both on fb and my favorite hydrating drink is kombucha! I’ve been making my own for almost a year and I absolutely love it.

  75. Catharine said on April 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Lately, I have been loving ginger berry kombucha…just once in a while though because it is so expensive!

  76. Catharine said on April 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Just liked Rebecca on Facebook. Can’t wait to read her book.It looks great!

  77. Catharine said on April 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    And like Daily Bites too! Off to make some lemonade (although it is till snowing here)

  78. Ginger mixed with sparkling water, sweeetened with vanilla stevia! It’s HOT here in Nepal!

  79. Kremena Tobin said on April 16, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I like Daily Bites,Rebecca Katz on FaceBook and oh,my fave hydrating drink is ginger tea!

  80. Vicki Smith said on November 5, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I love lemon water.

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