Aromatic spice tea

A wonderful pick-me-up (not just) for wordsmiths

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When I am working long hours, concentrating on a text in front of me or trying to find the best word for a translation, I need the occasional energy boost to keep me going, especially in the dark winter months. If you like yogi tea or chai, the recipe below will be your cup of tea (pardon the pun). This spice tea is warming and energising, and a great caffeine-free alternative if you already had your daily dose of tea or coffee. I usually make a large pot, because it tastes even better the next day. Enjoy!

1.5–2 l water
5–6 cardamom pods, crushed
½ tsp ground cloves
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp (i.e. a good grating) nutmeg
4 black peppercorns
2–3 cm fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

Crush the cardamom pods and slightly warm them in a large pan until you begin to smell the aroma.
Add the water (careful if the pan is hot), all the other spices and the fresh ginger and bring to the boil, then simmer on a low heat for at least 30 minutes with a lid on.
Pour the tea through a fine sieve into another pan or jug. This will keep for a day or two.

In a separate pan, heat the amount of tea you want to drink with some milk (to taste) and enjoy. Add honey to sweeten, if you like.