Oh the weather outside is frightful …. now that winter has arrived in Boston for real, the only civilized way to survive is with lots of hot beverages. Here’s my favorite.
4-½ cups water
1 stick cinnamon, crushed
1 thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, chopped
7 whole cardamom pods
2 whole star anise pods
10 whole cloves
¼ teaspoons black pepper, freshly ground
½ teaspoons nutmeg, freshly ground
1 teaspoon orange zest
10 teaspoons black tea, or 10 black tea bags
⅔ cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Bring the water to a boil. Add the spices and tea, remove from heat and let steep 15-20 minutes, depending on how strong you want it. Strain and add the brown sugar, honey, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Refrigerate. Enjoy mixed approximately 1/3 to 2/3 with hot whole milk (steamed is nice!)
PS – I found this on the internet maybe a decade ago, and I have lost the original link. If it’s yours, please let me know so I can credit you!