Lebanon's New Mama Spiced Tea (Ainar)

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Recipe by Sharon123

The neat thing about Ainar is the treat at the bottom of the cup, nuts. After cooking a bunch of warming, fragrant spices like cinnamon, caraway, anise, and nutmeg in a large pot of water, the hot tea is poured over assorted nuts with as much sugar or honey as you can stand. Walnut, almond, and pine nuts are the most common. Anise is said to help mamas recover from childbirth. Recipe from Penzy’s Spices’ 2012 early summer catalog.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add spices to water (use a tea ball, if you have one) and bring to a boil.
  2. Cover and simmer 15 minutes, or until flavored strongly enough.
  3. Serve with nuts and sugar, to taste.
  4. Sip slowly and relax.

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