Cinnamon Clove Tea
My mom made this tea for us on a cold winters night. It is amazing how sometimes, the simplest of things that you don’t pay attention too, can totally take you by surprise! When my mom said she was making this tea, I didn’t really think much of it. But when I drank it, boy did it knock my socks off! The trick to making this tea just right (not too bitter) is to let the black tea seep for barely 30 seconds once you put it in.
Cinnamon Clove Tea
- 2 cups of water
- 2 teaspoon loose black tea (or 2 teabags)
- 1 piece of cinnamon stick (can add more to taste)
- 2 cloves
- sugar/honey to taste.
1. Here is the size of the cinnamon stick I took for this tea. I got my cinnamon at the Indian store, since it is cheap and is available in bulk as compared to whole foods! It is also much longer than the one available at whole foods so seeing it on my palm should give you a pretty good idea of how much cinnamon I am using in this tea.
2. Add the cinnamon and cloves to the water and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce the heat to 5, simmer the tea for 10-15 minutes. Boil for longer for a stronger cinnamon-y taste. You can even go up to 20-25 minutes.
4. Add the tea to the simmering water. This step is very important, you need to watch the tea like a hawk! As soon you see the tea take color, approx 30 secs, switch off the heat and strain the tea into the cups. Add sugar/honey to taste and enjoy!
1. You might need to experiment with the time you let the black tea seep to get just the right strength of tea for your personal taste.
2. I experimented once with green tea, but it didn’t taste as good as the black tea. Although feel free to try!
3. Since we started out with 1 cup of water, the final cup of tea is about 3/4ths full with all the boiling. Feel free to add 1/4 cup of water in addition to the 1 cup per person at the start of the recipe to get 1 full cup of tea.