Ugh. I have a cold. I’m miserable. It is not pretty. I look like I could be an extra on “The Walking Dead.” Seriously. It’s a good thing you can’t see me. I contracted this evil cold from, of course, my significant other. Last week Dan was all sniffles and sneezes and SUPRISE! this weekend I found myself experiencing similar symptoms. Last week I made a batch of chai that was SERIOUSLY spicy. Too spicy for me. Dan came home from work wanting some tea. I offered up the chai and a disclaimer. He couldn’t really taste but he said it seemed to sooth his symptoms. So this afternoon I decided to make some for myself since I’ve braving this cold sans drugs.
My recipe is adapted from epicurious.
- 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoons black peppercorns*
- 10 whole cloves
- 6 cardamom pods
- 6 cups cold water
- 6 bags of black tea (preferably Darjeeling)
2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
First step is to bruise/crush all the cinnamon, pepper, cloves, and cardamom. If you have a mortar and pestle, use it. If not, put them in a pot and find something with a flat bottom that won’t break. Before I had the mortar and pestle I used the wooden handle of my knife sharpener.
Once everyone is crushed throw them in a pot with the ginger and cover with 6 cups of cold water. Bring to a boil.
One it starts to boil, reduce head and simmer for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes remove from heat and add 6 bags of black tea. The recipe calls for Darjeeling, but all I have is Pekoe.
This is where you would add the sugar. I don’t add the sugar because I prefer to sweeten and add milk/rice milk on a cup to cup basis. But feel free to add your sugar (I use honey) whenever you please.
Allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes, remove tea bags. This is where you would add the milk. Since I’m off dairy, I use rice milk and I add it to each cup rather than the whole batch. Personal preference. After you remove the bags strain the tea into a container. I usually use a Ball jar or a pitcher.
It is delicious, and the only thing that makes me happy besides taking millions of pictures of my adorable cat while I lay in bed.
xoxo (don’t worry I’ll hold my breath),