Saturday, December 31, 2016

Tea.

Super Cold-Buster!
Makes 4-6 servings

1 cup boiling water
2 herbal tea bags
1 tablespoon peeled ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 tablespoons honey or agave Steep the tea bags in the boiled water for 15 minutes.
Remove the tea bags and pour the water in to your high-speed blender.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix on high speed for 2-3 minutes until smooth.
This mixture is a concentrate.
To serve, mix equal parts hot water with concentrate.
Sweeten to taste with additional honey or agave

Makes about 3/4 cup
Chai Masala

1/4 cup ground black pepper (about 1/3 cup peppercorns)
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon (about four 5-inch cinnamon sticks)
2 tablespoons ground cardamom (about 1/4 cup whole green cardamom pods)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves (about 18 cloves)
1 1/2 teaspoons grated nutmeg (about 1 whole nutmeg)
1/2 teaspoon ground dried orange peel, optional Grind each spice individually in a spice or coffee grinder. Be sure to grind them as finely as possible to avoid chunks of whole spices in your tea. Sift each spice with a fine-mesh sifter and return any large pieces of spices to the grinder to powder them further. Combine the ground spices in a bowl and store in an airtight jar or container.
Chai
1/2 teaspoon chai masala, above
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk of choice (coconut milk is especially nice)
2 teaspoons black tea, such as Ceylon or Assam
Sweetener to taste Bring the water, milk, masala, and tea to a slow simmer.
Cover and remove from the heat. Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
Strain carefully into a cup and sweeten to taste.

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