Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
This is not just your ordinary every-day tea. I make this for special occasions.
- 6 cups water
- 6 whole cardamom pods
- 4 slices fresh ginger or 4 slices crystallized ginger
- 2 orange strips (1 1/2 x 3-inch, orange part only)
- 6 whole cloves
- 2 cups low-fat milk
- 6 teaspoons tea leaves (preferably Darjeeling or Assam)
- 1⁄4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- Combine first 5 ingredients in heavy large saucepan.
- Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
- Add milk and tea, bring to boil and simmer 2 minutes.
- Turn off heat and steep 4 to 6 minutes, according to desired strength.
- Mix in sugar.
- Strain tea.
I thought this tea was delicious! I plan to serve it guests as well. I halved the recipe ingredients and it still came out perfect. I used thin slices of crystallized ginger rather than fresh, as that was what I had on hand. The flavor is like a homemade version "Constant Comment" tea with lots of milk and sugar. I had some lovely Indian Kalami loose tea leaves which worked out well in this. Some tips: Keep a watchful eye on your tea after to add the milk - I heated to just a very beginning of a boil, then dropped the heat to the lowest setting - all the while keeping the cover off. Once the 2 minutes were past, and you remove the tea from heat, I re-covered the tea and let it steep only 4 minutes. Also - for easy straining, place a papper coffee filter into a mesh strainer basket set over a bowl or jug. The coffee filter and the mesh strainer catch every last tea leaf.
This tea is "DELICIOUS"! I just decided that I had to try this this evening, and, made 1 cup of this tea. OOOOOOOOOH!!!! I am going crazy and oooh and aaaah o'er this tea, it's so different from the usual tea. I'm not a great tea lover, I love coffee, especially cappucino, but, this tea is now on the top of my list of favourite beverages. I've added 2 tsps. of white sugar and I used about 1 1/2 tbsp. of brown sugar for 1 cup of tea. I just have to say that I'm addicted to this tea from this day. Thank you for such a gingery-spicy-sweet delcious evening with this "Out of the world" tea:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry - I thought it was disgusting.