Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins
Tibetans drink dozens of cups of this restorative butter tea a day. Not only does it quench thirst but it is also a satisfying drink packed with energy to sustain people throughout the day.
- 4 cups water
- 1 tablespoon loose black tea (heaping)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2⁄3 cup half-and-half or 2⁄3 cup yak's milk
- Combine the water and tea in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil, and then turn off the heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Use a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to strain the liquid over a large bowl; discard the tea leaves.
- Transfer the liquid back to the saucepan and bring to a boil, then decrease the heat to a simmer. Add the salt, sugar, butter, and half-and-half and whisk until the butter has completely dissolved and a little foam forms on the surface. Serve the tea in small bowls.