Makes about four 8-ounce servings
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns ¾ teaspoon whole cloves 2 whole cinnamon sticks 1 star anise pod 5 cups half-and-half 1 cup water 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 1x½-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled ¼ teaspoon orange zest 6 black tea bags (Darjeeling or Ceylon is recommended) 3 tablespoons honey
Place the peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon sticks and star anise in the bowl of the Cuisinart Spice Grinder. Pulse 2 to 3 times, and then process until finely ground, about 30 seconds. Reserve. In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, bring the half and half, water and vanilla to a boil. Once the mixture comes to a boil, stir in the reserved spices, ginger and orange zest. Let the mixture simmer 10 to 15 minutes. Add the tea and let simmer 4 to 6 minutes. Strain mixture and stir in honey. Serve in individual mugs.
Calories 480 (67% from fat) • carb. 29g • pro. 9g • fat 35g • sat. fat 22g • chol. 110mg • sod. 130mg • calc. 356mg • fiber 2g