Lately I have been battling this nasty, stuffy, annoying sinus/allergy/cold hybrid thingy that sends me into a fit of coughing and sneezing like a mad woman. I cooked up some falafel last evening and the smell of cardamom is floating through the flat and seems to be helping clear me up so I decided to try it in a tea. I’m not much of a tea drinker as of yet (the tea culture is strong in England but that’s another post) however, I am willing to do anything to ward off these symptoms.
So I asked my resident tea sommelier, “P”, to put the kettle on. I gave him a list of the ingredients and the end result was a fragrant, yummy, sinus clearing concoction that I can’t get enough of! If you are feeling a bit frisky or need to take the edge off I am almost certain that you can add a shot of your favorite spirit (Whisky or Brandy). It will make a good version of a Hot Toddy or as I have appropriately named it “Card-A-Mum” Tea.
Here are the ingredients
Hot Water enough to fill your favorite mug
1 Tea Bag
2 Cardamom Pods
Lemon (a few squeezes)
Honey ( a couple of squirts)
Optional: Sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
Optional: Slices of fresh ginger (will add an intense spice)
Place the Cardamom pods into the mug of your choice. Pour in hot water. The Cardamom is an aromatic as well as a spice. The longer it’s in the better! Place your tea bag in. Add your honey, grated cinnamon and lemon (optional sugar and ginger and spirit). Give it a good stir. Take the Cardamom pods out or keep them in but don’t consume them.
You can let the mixture sit for a while and heat it up at your will. This will intensify the spiciness! Enjoy!
**Alcoholic beverages are for those that are of legal drinking age. Always drink responsibly!**