We’ve had a load of snow here in New Jersey during the past few weeks. It is beautiful, and for once the snow is sticking around for a while. It’s the kind of weather that begs for a cozy fire, a fuzzy warm blanket, and a hot cup of tea.
I grew up in a fairly chilly house. My mother went eco-green before it was fashionable, and kept the heat down to conserve energy and save money. Now I find I prefer a somewhat chilly house, and I keep the heat low. My husband and daughters, of course, like it warmer than I do. But when I’m alone I sometimes get a little overzealous and I let the heat drop to below 60.
When I need warmth, I love to make a big pot of Four Spice Tea – with Ginger, Clove, Cinnamon Stick and Star Anise. It’s so easy to make, and you can find the ingredients in the spice aisle at most grocery stores. I purchase my spices online from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have a wonderful selection of reasonably-price organic products.
Here’s my recipe. It’s delicious. It’s warming. It stimulates circulation and digestion, and it’s great for a cough or cold. And, it smells wonderful!
Four Spice Tea
2-3 cinnamon sticks
4-5 pieces star anise
2 inches gingerroot, peeled and sliced
4 – 6 cups water
Honey or maple syrup to taste.
Combine ingredients in large pot. Bring to boil
Simmer for 20-30 minutes, adding water as necessary.
Strain into another pan or teapot.
Serve hot, sweetening with a little honey or maple syrup.