2 cups water
4 cardamom pods, smashed
2-3 pieces of fresh ginger
1 cinnamon stick
1-2 pieces star anise
1 cup milk
3 teaspoons loose black tea
Sweetener, to taste
Combine the water, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and star anise together in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for a few minutes, or until you smell the spices releasing their fragrance. Add the milk and tea leaves and simmer for a few more minutes. Pour the mixture through a fine metal sieve into the cups, add sweetener to taste, and enjoy!
Sometimes I just want to make a cup or two, and so instead of the whole spices I use ground spices with the milk, black tea, and sweetener. I use approximately an 1/8 teaspoon of ground clove, and ¼ teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.
In addition to these spices, you can also experiment with fennel seed, black peppercorns, and coriander seeds.
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