I’m more of a coffee drinker at heart, but when those cold, harsh winter winds start to blow, I crave the warming, soothing qualities that can only be found in a cup of tea. Many natural herbal-based teas promise to have medicinal qualities, to boot. And we all might need a little TLC following a busy Thanksgiving weekend!
The Brits have the corner on the market on tea in the Western world, to be sure. But Americans consume 7.8 gallons per capita annually – that’s nothing to scoff at!
If you’re like me, I don’t like my tea “straight,” but prefer to doctor it up with honey, sugar, and even cream. Also, brewing store-bought teabags bores me, and I prefer to create batches of tea that have a more complex depth of flavor that I can use when the mood strikes. Here’s an easy one to try!
Winter Chai Tea
4 cups loose Darjeeling or Rooibos Tea
1 cup cinnamon chips
1/3 cup ground nutmeg
1 cup dried ginger
1 cup cardamom pods
1/2 cup whole cloves
4 vanilla beans, cut into small pieces