Updated: January 5th, 2024

Serving Size: 4-5    Estimated Cost: $2 .50    Cost per Serving: $0. 75

Equipment: Spoon, pot / saucepan


  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Stick Cinnamon
  • 3 Whole Cloves
  • 4 Green Cardamom Pods, cracked open
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, grated
  • 3 Black Tea Bags (or 3 tsp Loose Leaf Darjeeling tea)
  • 1 Cup Milk (whole milk, almond milk, coconut milk)
  • 4 tsp Sweetener (raw cane sugar, honey, date syrup)


  • Pinch of red pepper flake / cayenne
  • 1-2 teaspoons: marshmallow root, reishi, cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon: dandelion root and/or leaves, chopped


  1. In a medium saucepan, add water, cinnamon , cloves, cardamom , peppercorns, fennel , and ginger. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes (longer for stronger flavor).
  2. Remove from heat. Add the tea bags and steep 5-10 minutes.
  3. Strain into cups.
  4. Add milk and sweetener, stir, and simmer on low another 3-5 minutes.
  5. Serve warm. Enjoy!


Chef’s Tip:

  • Toast spices before adding them with black tea and water. This will also increase the depth of taste.
  • Add a pinch of cayenne or red pepper flakes to increase circulatory and anti-inflammatory health benefits.
  • Add marshmallow root, reishi, and/or cacao for more health benefits, or for a more earthy taste.
  • To prepare without caffeine, substitute black tea for dandelion root, burdock root, or tulsi (holy basil)