Special tea: a recipe.

This strange combination is actually quite tasty as well as immunity-boosting. A cross between a savoury broth and a herbal tea.

Recipe: special tea. Latest version. Makes enough for a two-cup teapot, and it’s good for at least two hot water top-ups.

You will need*:

  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed with the back of a knife
  • 1/4 of a small lemon, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken up
  • 1 tsp of dried peppermint
  • 1 tsp of coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp of liquorice bark
  • 4 chunky slices of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp of black peppercorns
  • a really generous pinch of cayenne pepper
  • honey (optional), 1 tsp can be added after pouring

To make the tea: Add all ingredients to a teapot along with just-boiled water. Let it infuse for 5 minutes. Pour into your favourite hot-beverage vessel and drink.

*If you don’t have all the herbs and spices listed, please don’t stress. Even a tea comprising just two ingredients can be medicinal — and in our house we rarely make special tea the same way twice.

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