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I like to make this after I get home late, just before going to bed. It's a variation on a very traditional drink which usually has just anise, sugar and milk as its ingredients.
- Put the milk over medium heat, preferably in a pan with a thick bottom (and high enough, the milk will rise when starting to boil).
- Mix in the crushed anise, crushed cardamom and honey using a whisk. Beat the milk using the whisk to give it a layer of foam. Then let it stand (occasionally stirring it with the whisk) until it boils.
- Pour the milk into the cup through a strainer and let it cool a bit (it should still be hot, but not so hot that you'll burn your tongue, otherwise you won't taste much).
This wasn't to our liking at all. We tried it at a church function and not one cared for it. Won't make this again.
I loved the addition of cardamon! This is a delicious alternative to hot chocolate. I put all the ingredients in a 4-cup Pyrex measure and heated the milk in the microwave instead of making this in a pot on the stove. I used a battery powered frother to froth it after straining the seeds out. Yum!