This post is dedicated to my brother Rob and all the other family members who bring the drinks! Growing up in a house full of aspiring cooks most certainly has had its advantages for Rob. There was always something new to taste from my mom, my dad, my brother Dan and me. But that also means that sometimes the kitchen is just plain crowded with cooks! Rob is one of the most caring, loyal and dependable people you will ever meet, and just because he often is the one who brings the drinks to the holiday gathering doesn’t mean he is any less appreciated. We are thankful for you Rob! And this delicious tea made me think of you.
|Orange Spice Tea|| |
- 1 navel orange
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 12-15 cardamom pods or seeds (same thing, they can be labeled either way at the store)
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 2 tea bags, either plain or decaf
- 3½ cups water
- Wash the orange and place on a cutting board. With a sharp paring knife, slice off the top and bottom of the orange, then down all of the edges to remove all of the skin and white pith. You will have strips of orange skin. Save the flesh to enjoy as a chef's treat!
- In a small pot, add the 3½ cups of water and squeeze the strips of orange peel into the water to release any juice and the oils in the skin, and drop them into the water. Add the cinnamon stick, cardamom and cloves and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 5-7 minutes. Then add the tea bags, draping the paper over the side. Let the tea steep for at least 4 minutes then remove from heat.
- Take 2 mugs and add 3 tablespoons of milk and sugar to your taste to each. Heat mugs in the microwave for about 30 seconds on high.
- Strain the tea mixture into the mugs and enjoy!