My Favourite Hot Detox Tonic

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 30, 2015


I’m feeling particularly nostalgic at the end of this year, mainly because it was our first full year of parenting. This year Adriana blossomed from a 3 month old baby in January into a 15 month old hilarious, chatty, and very strong-willed toddler by December. The change!!! We witnessed first words, first crawls, first teeth, and first steps in 2015. My iphone filled capacity countless times (breathe…), but I still worried that I wasn’t capturing enough. The sheer amount of development, growth, and experiences that we’ve shared together in 2015 are enough to make my eyes well up with tears. Even though I know there were tough times in every area of life, right now I’m reflecting through rose coloured glasses. I hope the memories will stay a part of me in one way or another, even if I wasn’t so great at documenting everything like I did in the early months.

Like every year, I consumed more than my fair share of treats this month. After we got home from visiting family, I found myself at the grocery store stuffing my cart with produce galore and planning homemade plant-heavy meals in an effort to bring back the balance. The great thing about plant-based eating is that it only takes a day or two to get back on track and feel energized once again. I’m not someone who shuns sweets entirely at the start of a year (I love my dark chocolate way too much), but instead prefer to focus on what I’m adding to my diet. Celebrate that stuff!

I love, love, love experimenting with homemade hot tonics, and I’ve been tweaking my favourite concoctions for a few years now. I know anything detox is so cliche this time of the year, but this drink really does make me feel amazing after weeks of indulgences so I don’t even care. In the past, I’ve often used fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, cayenne, and sliced lemon (see my “Healing rooibos tea” on page 69 of The Oh She Glows Cookbook), which is awesome, but it requires a trip to the grocery store, and finding fresh turmeric can be hit or miss. Recipes need to be accessible so I came up with this delicious “pantry” version for those times when I want it now. It’s fast, there’s no grating/peeling involved (unless you opt for the fresh ginger version), and you can keep the ingredients on hand in your pantry (aside from the lemon, but I usually have those miracle workers on hand!) to enjoy any time the craving strikes. Yes, you will crave this drink…it’s that good. I know this is going to be my reset button drink all winter long.


4.9 from 40 reviews

Hot Detox Tonic

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, oil-free, soy-free


Get ready to feel warm, energized, and ready to tackle the day! This is my new go-to hot beverage of choice when I want to hit the reset button, amp up my metabolism, and boost circulation. It comes together fast with ingredients that I tend to keep on hand. I love to drink this throughout the day, but it’s especially effective when consumed on an empty stomach after waking. I use a ginger tea bag for a quick option, but I provide a fresh ginger option below too. Also, if you ever have some kicking around, fresh mint is an invigorating, tummy-soothing addition.

2 cups (500 mL)
Soak time
7-8 minutes
Prep time
Cook time
0 Minutes


  • 1 ginger tea bag or 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger*
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Few dashes cinnamon, to taste**
  • Few dashes ground turmeric, to taste
  • Few dashes cayenne pepper, to taste (use less if you don’t like heat)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small lemon slice
  • Pure maple syrup, to taste (I use 1 teaspoon)


  1. Grab an extra large mug or a small teapot (3-cup capacity). Place ginger tea bag inside.
  2. Boil 2 cups of water and pour all the water into the mug/teapot. Cover and steep the ginger tea for 7 to 8 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bag. Set aside the tea bag to cool. Once the tea bag has cooled a bit you can gently squeeze it into the pot to infuse the tea with even more ginger flavour.
  4. Add the cinnamon, turmeric, and cayenne. Whisk until combined.
  5. Add the vinegar and drop in the lemon wedge. Whisk to infuse the lemon.
  6. Add maple syrup to taste, and whisk to combine.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving Size 1 cup (250 mL) | Calories 15 calories | Total Fat 0 grams
Saturated Fat 0 grams | Sodium 5 milligrams | Total Carbohydrates 3 grams
Fiber 0 grams | Sugar 2 grams | Protein 0 grams

Nutrition information uses 1 teaspoon maple syrup.
* Nutrition data is approximate and is for informational purposes only.


  • * For the fresh ginger version: Pop the fresh grated ginger into a tea ball or mesh tea steeper, and steep tea for about 6 to 7 minutes. Proceed as usual.
  • ** The spices tend to settle at the bottom of the mug/pot. Simply whisk it now and then to redistribute.


I’d like to wish you all a New Year filled with happiness, health, love, and your wildest dreams becoming reality! Thank you for all your support, comments, love, and encouragement in 2015. I can’t wait to share the fun things we have coming up in 2016.


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Andrea February 1, 2016 at 1:48 pm
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Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, Angela! I’ve been reading about detox teas and wanted to be able to make my own but didn’t know how. Problem solved! Your blog is such an inspiration and I am super excited to try more recipes and keep reading about your experiences.


Leighton February 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm

This is definitely something I would drink instead of my usual morning coffee…I will have to try it tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!


JoAnn Buel February 3, 2016 at 3:36 pm

I received your email yesterday about having a new newsletter and to sign up to receive new in but when I hit submit nothing happens. I’m wondering if there is a glitch in it and you aren’t aware of it. I tried to reply to the email but it came back as a no reply address
Thank you I’m looking forward to future newsletters from you. I have your cookbook and love it and looking forward to your new one in the fall
Thank you JoAnn


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 6, 2016 at 6:07 pm

Hi JoAnn,

I’ve submitted the newsletter request on your behalf. You should receive an email that will ask you to confirm your subscription. Hope you enjoy!


sarah February 4, 2016 at 7:28 am
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Hi! I just wanted to say that this detox tonic is incredible! Of course it tastes amazing and makes me feel warm and comforted throughout the day, but it has almost completely healed my reynaud’s syndrome. The combo of tumeric and cayenne has done wonders. Thank you so much for that – and yet another amazing recipe!!!



Lauren Deegan February 4, 2016 at 11:45 am
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Great recipe, this tonic left me feeling light and clean. I felt like this was a detox drink that actually worked. Looking forward to reading more wonderful recipes.


Lauren Deegan February 4, 2016 at 11:42 am
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Great recipe, this tonic left me feeling light and clean. I felt like this was a detox drink that actually worked. Looking forward to reading more wonderful recipes.


Kelly February 6, 2016 at 6:45 pm

This sounds great. Im starting a 3 day detox tomorrow in hopes of kicking my bad snacking habits to the curb. Do you have any other detox tips or good breakfast ideas?
Also, excited to hear about the new newsletter. Thanks



Delia February 8, 2016 at 11:56 am

I can’t wait to try this! I loved your healing rooibos tea, a quicker version is even better!


Hanifah February 9, 2016 at 12:19 pm

This is such a great digestive tonic. Brava!

What is also interesting about these ingredients is separately they all have their purpose and best times to consume. Like hot water and lemon alone first thing in the morning wake up the body like no other. An agni herbs like ginger helps digestion along so to actually maximize the nutrients you digest. That’s why what you drink can define what you eat.


Serina February 21, 2016 at 9:21 am

Hi :) this looks and sounds lovely…but I thought the turmeric was soluble in fat, therefore required a tad bit of fats for the curcumin to be absobed.
If you hold any extra info on this subject it would be greatly appreciated!


Angela Liddon February 26, 2016 at 5:01 pm

Hi Serina, I’m not super familiar with the subject, but if you’re concerned about the absorption I think you could try adding a small amount of coconut oil into the tea. Hope this helps!


char March 6, 2016 at 10:22 am
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Having this tea right now!!! I love hot drinks and i am always looking for new ones. Love your recipes!!!!!!!!


Angela Liddon March 10, 2016 at 9:20 am

Thanks, Char! Enjoy the tea. :)


Sherry March 24, 2016 at 1:36 pm

Can’t wait to try this! BTW, I just order the teapot, so beautiful! I have been looking for a teapot and was in a tea store just 2 days ago and just could not decide, it just was not what I was looking for…I came here today to grab a recipe for dinner tonight and boom, there it was! Thank you for sharing!


Em March 25, 2016 at 4:11 am

Looks interesting – all this combinations in one tea… I have to try


Anna April 5, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Congrats on the pregnancy! I’m 20 weeks so we are not too far apart and wondering if this is safe to drink in pregnancy? I’ve been having a black tea daily and would like to have something hot and caffeine free as I love the ritual of sitting with a hot cup
Of something in the morning and this sounds great.


Anna @ Healthoop April 5, 2016 at 9:49 pm
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Wow! I want to do immediately. Thanks! great information! I am waiting your next articles.


Deborah H April 27, 2016 at 11:37 am
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I made the recipe as written and it was really delicious. It’s the perfect tea to have on this rainy day! I will definitely have to try the mint addition next time :)


Sue Barg April 29, 2016 at 3:46 pm

I would like to get recipes! I have heard you have delicious recipes.


Leslie J Portu June 23, 2016 at 7:31 pm
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Really wonderful stuff! Thanks : )


Angela Liddon June 24, 2016 at 11:20 am

Glad to hear you like it, Leslie!


Marilyn October 4, 2016 at 10:09 am
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I made this with a Tazo Organic Spicy Ginger tea bag (which I did Not like alone, perhaps due to the fennel). Had everything else except the cayenne & I Love it! Thinking of trying it with orange as well. Thank you!


Sharon November 1, 2016 at 5:02 pm
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I have been drinking this tea since spring, I am keeping my psoriasis under control with this tea. Has any one else had good results with this tea?


Jenn January 4, 2017 at 9:42 pm
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Am just drinking this tea as i write this. It tastes amazing -love it. I brewed it in a vintage Corningware teapot which my adult kids laugh at. It’s not pretty but it works!!! I bought your “oh she glows” cookbook before Christmas and am super happy with what I have made so far. Love your story. Thanks!


Angela Liddon January 5, 2017 at 2:14 pm

I’m so happy you’ve been loving the cookbook, Jenn. Thanks so much for your support, and enjoy that tea!


Mavi January 13, 2017 at 8:23 pm

I will be trying this tomorow!


Christina January 17, 2017 at 9:08 am
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I tried this tonic about a week ago and I love it. I add mint to the tonic also. I cut down to a small cup of coffee in the morning and sip on this through the afternoon. I am not a vegan, but I really like having your recipes as other healthy options. I found your website when I was looking for some entertaining recipes for my vegetarian friend and have been hooked since. Love your cookbook too!


Angela Liddon January 17, 2017 at 1:41 pm

Aw, thank you so much for the warm comment, Christina! I’m so pleased you like the tonic; a bit of mint is such a great twist!


png download January 18, 2017 at 7:56 am
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Winter makes me lazy to drink water and detox :D Thank you for this recipe! Hot drinks are the best choice in this cold weather ^^


Katherine Marqusee February 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm
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I love this tea!! It makes me feel awake and invigorated. I do pee a ton when I drink it, though! Even with the ginger tea bag option. All in all, totally worth it.


elisa April 9, 2017 at 9:27 am

OMG i used this with a tumeric roobioos(sp?) teabag and a ginger one adding in cinnamon stick and the rest i can get past the taste and stink of the roobioos now! and IT”S YUM my tummy is pleased, i was having a bad gastro day till now! ty ty


Hailey September 7, 2017 at 8:43 pm

I can totally relate to consuming too many treats, hahaha. all too often…. but wow does this tea recipe sound yummy!! And the fact that it can help detox.. amazing! Thank you!!!


Kari January 26, 2018 at 5:34 pm

Just wanted to ask if you could make a batch of this for the fridge and drink it cold?


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 29, 2018 at 9:55 am

Hi Kari, Yes you absolutely can chill it! My advice would be to just give it a good stir before drinking as the spices tend to settle on the bottom.


Hayley February 28, 2018 at 10:50 am
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Hi Angela!

I just had a quick question. I’m a teacher, and I’m up at the butt booty crack of dawn every day, but I make this tea in the summer ALL THE TIME, and I LOVE it. Is this something I can make at the beginning of the week, refrigerate, and pop in the microwave in the morning during the school year, or does the refrigeration/reheating process lessen the benefits?



Angela (Oh She Glows) February 28, 2018 at 9:34 pm

Hi Hayley, Oh I love that you love this tea so much! I do too. :) I do think it reheats fine, I’m just not sure how long it’ll last in the fridge before the flavours start to change. I would think 2-3 days should be okay but maybe longer. I’m also not sure about nutrient loss when reheating/microwaving. There is probably some loss, but I would suggest putting it in an airtight jar to help prevent this when storing, at least. I’d love to know how it goes if you try a larger batch for the week! I may have to try it myself too :)


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