Do you like tea as much as I do? I especially love herbal tea. During the winter I enjoy drinking spiced tea to warm me up after a long walk and to get me into the festive spirit. Of course there are many tea options you can purchase from the shop but I believe it is really fun to make your own spiced tea.
Personally, I find fruit tea often too acidic for my stomach and even though I love black tea I cannot drink it too late in the day as the caffeine will keep me awake at night. The spiced tea recipe that I am sharing with you today is based on rooibos tea, sometimes also called redbush tea. It is perfect for drinking at any time of the day as it does not contain any caffeine and has low tannin levels. Rooibos tea is offered by several companies and easy to get a hold of. My favourite is from Clipper tea.
Ingredients for two cups of spiced tea:
- two and a half cups of water
- two rooibos tea bags
- four whole cloves
- one cinnamon stick
- two star anise pods
- four cardamom pods
- four slices of fresh ginger
- honey or sugar
Pour water in a pot, add all the spices and the ginger.
Bring to a boil, add tea bags, take off the heat and let the tea steep until it is your preferred strength (at least 5 minutes).
Strain into your cups, add milk (optional) and sweeten to taste with honey or sugar.
I prefer this tea strong, with a tiny dash of milk, honey and a slice of Linzer torte (might write a post about the recipe soon). If you try it please let me know how you liked it.