Steep tea in a quart of boiled water for about three to five minutes. Do not oversteep! Infuse the cinnamon and clove flavors in the tea - place three or four whole cloves and two cinnamon sticks - broken apart into four pieces. Drop them in while tea is steeping. Simmer once you remove tea strainer or teabags. Simmer for about 7-9 minutes. While tea is cooling, add 1/3 to 1/2 cup honey. Use plain clover honey. Stir to dissolve honey. Add a pinch of ground cloves and cinnamon to cooling tea. Ladle into teacups. Let cool for 30 seconds. Spoon whipped cream on top, add cinnamon stick and a pinch of cinnamon to top of cream hillock.
THAI ICED TEA
Tea - any black or Oolong tea. Water, boiled and hot Tapioca Pearls*** Ice Fruit juice - preferably not citrus, but Pineapple is fine to use. Condensed Milk
Make tea and let cool to room temperature. To make the tapioca pearls, use a four to one ratio of water to pearls and simmer for about 25 minutes. Stir every few minutes to keep pearls from clumping together. The pearls will change color from white to clear and will double or triple in size from a ball-bearing size to that of a small pea. Let cool. Once cool, spoon two tablespoons of pearls into glass and another tablespoon of pearls into cocktail shaker. Fill Cocktail shaker 3/4 of the way with big ice cubes. Add tea about 2/3 of way up cup. Fill almost all of the remaining 1/3 with fruit juice. Ad two tablespoons of condensed milk. Shake vigorously for one to two minutes. Pour into glass. Add a big straw. Liquid should be milk with a slight froth on top.
Make simple syrup using a four to one ratio of water to sugar, reduce until syrupy: boil sugar and water over medium heat until syrup forms. Make tea - if using Thai Tea, steep until the tea liquor is a deep orange-red color. Let cool to room temperature. Fill tall glass with ice .
Pour tea until it fills about 2/3 of glass. Pour about two or three tablespoons of simple syrup into glass. Stir gently. Float about two or three tablespoons of half & half or cream on top.
Throw a pinch of ginger on the top. Serve.
**Thai tea is available at Asian grocery and some supermarkets. You may also substitute Keemun or Assam tea, or a Green or a Green-Ginger tea - something leafy and fragrant. ***Available at any Asian grocery