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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 20 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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2 cups water

1 (1-inch) piece cinnamon stick

4 green cardamom pods, smashed

4 whole cloves

1/2 star anise

2 quarter-sized coins fresh ginger

2 scant teaspoon black tea leaves (recommended: Taj Mahal) or black tea of choice

2 teaspoons honey, or more to taste

Whole milk or half-and-half


  1. In a medium pan, bring the water, all of the spices and the ginger to a boil over medium heat. Turn off the heat and allow it to steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Bring the mixture back to a boil, then add the tea. Turn the heat off, and allow it to steep for 3 to 5 minutes depending on how strong you like your tea. Stir in the honey and add milk to your liking. Strain it into a bowl or pitcher and serve!