Who’s cold and crotchety? Who’s damp and dreary? I am!
I know spring is around the corner but the weather is endlessly gross. The sun poked its head out for about 45 minutes a couple of days ago, but save for that scarce glimpse, it’s been over 10 days now. Help!
To pull myself out of this lousy-weather-induced slump, and warm myself up, I have begun to brew myself a pot of Winter Spice tea every single day. I start with brewing this black tea full of all kinds of delicious and aromatic spices, then adding milk and honey.
This blend of Winter Spice tea is based on Chai, a centuries-old beverage originating from India. In fact, the word chai, is the generic word for “tea” in Hindi, where as in the west we are referring to “masala chai” or spiced tea, when we ask for this beverage at a café.
There is no fixed recipe or preparation method for Winter Spice, so where ever you drink this beverage in the world, chances are it won’t taste the same way twice!
The health benefits of chai are numerous, considering the many spices it is made of. Below is a list of the spices I have included in my blend of Winter Spice, and their medicinal qualities.
Ginger: aids digestion; decreases arthritic swelling; destroys bacteria and viruses; lowers blood pressure; aids circulation.
Cloves: aids digestion; kills intestinal parasites; relieves abdominal pain; has anti-inflammatory effect on rheumatic diseases.
Cinnamon: aids digestion, relieves nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea; has antiseptic properties; beneficial for the heart, lungs, and kidneys; aids insulin’s ability to metabolise blood sugar.
Here is how make my Winter Spice brew
Warm milk (dairy, soy, rice, almond or coconut) in a saucepan on the hob.
I then add the brewed tea about half way up my glass mug and top up with warmed milk, and give it a little froth!
I do like to add a little honey to sweeten as it brings out the flavours of the spices.
Then……sip slowly, warm up and smile.
Even if the weather forecast still looks dreary I can be sure that a cup of spicy warmth awaits me during the day.
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