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The Nathan Family Ginger Tea Recipe

As the weather cools off and the holidays near, we’re all spending more time in the kitchen. Like us, you might be looking for ways to keep cozy and fend off colds. Ginger tea is our go-to for cold weather comfort.

Betsy’s mother, Ann — a renowned Chicago gallerist — is known for making ginger tea for her family and friends during the fall and winter months. She called it a “cure-all” that could boost the immune system, treat nausea, lower blood pressure, and relieve aches, pains and arthritis. Ann Nathan hand-wrote this recipe, and we’re sharing it here with you.


  • Fresh ginger root
  • Hot water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Pinch cayenne pepper

Direct from Ann: “No need to peel the ginger root. Just grate it on the large holes of a 4-sided grater and put 2 tablespoons of the shards into a teapot. Pour in 2 cups of boiling water, cover and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain out the ginger, add a tablespoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Stir, drink and get well. For greater potency, use more pepper!”


Sub-Zero and Wolf recently shot a video of Betsy making the famous tea in her home kitchen. Look closely, and you might spot some PAGODA RED pieces like our apothecary jars, kitchen jars and rootwood baskets. The counter top is even supported by an antique Chinese table.

For another cold-weather comfort, try Chicago designer Brianna Bishop’s healing bone broth. Enjoy!



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