There is something about a warm mug of tea hugged between one’s two hands…
I don’t know, it just makes me think happy thoughts. Fluffy down comforter, flickering flames in the wood stove and a book that pulls you into the story page by page (notice I didn’t say swipe by swipe of the finger tip ;) – those are the welcome companions of a cup of tea.
That, and a dash of milk, a smidgen of honey and some whipped cream, of course.
Not to mention the heavenly smell of spices wafting through the house.
Have I talked you into a cup of Chai?
Toss your choice of the following into a sauce pan:
- freshly grated ginger
- pepper corns
- cinnamon sticks
- whole cloves
- whole cardamom pods
- a vanilla bean, sliced in half
- whole allspice
- star anise
- black tea leaves
Add about 6 cups of water.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for an hour or two.
Strain into a mug.
Add some milk and enough honey or sugar or maple syrup to bring out the spicy flavors. It’s a lovely color isn’t it?
Top with whipped cream and sip ever so slowly.
You may store the rest in a jar for later. Keep the spices in the liquid for more intense flavor.
If you could have a good hour on a rainy day with a warm beverage and a book, what would you drink?
Double points for telling us what you would read as well!