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Cardamom, Cinnamon & Ginger Iced Tea

Posted in Drinks, Favourites by Janet M on July 7, 2013

Cardamom, Cinnamon & Ginger Herbal Infusion

One of my favourite parts of my roadtrip to Houston was meeting friends. Friends that I have only corresponded with through blog comments and emails.

I have met a few other bloggers in person and it can be both nerve-wracking and rewarding. It is a bit like online dating. You feel like you know them without doing it in person. There can be a disconnect. How well do you really know them? Perhaps only the part they have shared publicly. On top of that, I narrate their voices in my head, perhaps erroneously. I was a bit shocked when I met Hannah for the first time. I shouldn’t have been… but yes, she has an Aussie accent! (which you can totally listen to here). Or when I met Laura, and she said y’all within a minute. You know you aren’t in Canada anymore when they start saying y’all.

Anyways, this brings me to Ellen and Andy. I was thrilled to meet up with her for breakfast as we skirted out to New Orleans. I really felt like we connected and had Rob not reminded us of our 7 hour drive ahead of us, we could have chatted all day. Ellen and Andy knew me well enough to warn me about things I had not learned yet: Americans and their guns (apparently there is a city that require everyone to own a gun!), how expensive American health insurance can be (while I always knew American health care was the most expensive in the world, I never had actual numbers to feel. We needed to find bridge health insurance which is $500/month for healthy people!), and tips on how to beat the heat.

I am a lover of tisanes and Ellen had a delicious iced tea to sip.  It has been a while since I’ve had iced tea. I grew up loving the uber sweetened Nestea and I know that in the US, iced tea can be simply iced tea. Unsweetened, in all its glory, which was a shock when I liked the sweetened stuff. This time, though, instead of a steeped black tea concoction, Ellen made an iced strawberry lemonade. I have actually stopped buying fruity teas (except apple cinnamon – I still like that) because I don’t like them. I don’t know what it is. I have gravitated to earthy, spicy chai-based teas. Or lemon (+/- ginger) ones. Or mint brews. But not strawberry. Anyways, I digress. Ellen explained she brewed it for iced tea. That’s the way they drink in the South. When in the South, do as the Southerners.. ;)

I tried it, and I was smitten. Ellen sent me home with my own package so I could make my own tea once I arrived. That tea did not last more than a week in my house. It was so good. Let’s just say, Houston is hot. A girl needs to drink.

While I have added it to the bucket list to try and recreate in my own kitchen (the tea seems to be mainly dried apples and strawberries with rosehip peels and marigold petals, that I will probably omit), I ended up trying this delicious brew first which uses my kitchen staples.

Warming spices cinnamon and cardamom are paired with a bit of zip from the ginger. If you leave it to steep a long time, cinnamon will be the dominant flavour but that is good, too.

Rob will tell you I have a hard time drinking water. He thinks it runs in my family. No problems with hydration when I make this, though.

PS. Also on the bucket list: making the apple cinnamon macaroons Andy made for breakfast (only one of many delicious treats for our breakfast feast). Delicious! :)

Cardamom, Cinnamon & Ginger Herbal Infusion

Cardamom, Cinnamon & Ginger Herbal Infusion
Adapted from Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites

3-4 green cardamom pods
3 cinnamon sticks
5 slices fresh ginger (1″ in length, total)
4 cups (1L) water

1. In a medium pot, place all ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and remove from heat. Allow to steep at least 10 minutes, if not longer. I left mine out a few hours. Enjoy hot or cold.

Makes 1L

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  1. peachyvegan said, on July 7, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Wow! I have been searching for iced tea without all the additives and sugars. This looks splendid!

  2. sprint2thetable said, on July 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    So the funny thing is, I actually rarely say “y’all.” Not I feel like a red neck. A well-hydrated redneck. LOL!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on July 7, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      You are certainly no hick, Laura… Although you revealed you have driven a car with a foot out the window, hehe. Everyone says y’all here, too. I am afraid I will pick it up! :-)

      • heathergfc said, on July 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        You will definitely pick it up. My NY family nearly broke their necks doing a double take when I let one y’all slip this week! I’ve been so careful ever since!

  3. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on July 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Hahahah oh man the same thing happened to me when I met Hannah! But it was such a delightful surprise :)

  4. Hannah said, on July 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Ha! I can’t hear my own accent, so I always get surprised, too, when people comment on it. So glad you’re finding friends wherever you go too :)

  5. Ellen Lederman said, on July 7, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    We so enjoyed meeting you both! Hmmm—the package of tea just lasting a week? Guess I’ll need to alert you the next time Teavana has a half-off sale…unless you develop some tea recipes. Don’t know how essential marigold petals are to it—but not everyone can say they drink marigolds, so that’s one advantage to having it in tea.

    Your infusion making 1 L? Wonder if you will switch from the metric system during your stay here.

    And we will know that you have fully acclimated to the South when you drink sweet tea out at a restaurant (we are talking the hard core stuff with tons of sugar/simple syrup) without wincing!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on July 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Hey Ellen, Yes, please tell me if you hear about Teavana sales, hehe. Right now I am trying to keep my tea stash to a small pile. Because I made the strawberry lemonade as iced tea, we made it by the pitcher full and had to use the higher concentration of tea, so it disappeared quickly between Rob and me. Thanks again!

      Most days feel like a bunch of conversions after another, but thank goodness hospitals use metric – cm and ml. I am safe here. :)

  6. coconutandberries said, on July 7, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    There are so many bloggers I’d love to meet in person!
    I’ve never had iced tea but am an avid herbal tea drinker- peppermint, green, jasmine, fennel, and nettle are some of my faves- none of those nasty fruity teas thank you! I think I’d love your spiced tea and will have to try it cold.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on July 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      I have not tried nettle. Now it is on my list. I also strangely like fennel, too. Never thought I’d like until I started drinking the yogi teas. :)

  7. heathergfc said, on July 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    I’m really excited try this infusion! I have cardamom pods from a fancy recipe I tried and have never used them since! Now they have a purpose!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on July 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Thanks, I think you will like this. Cardamom goes really well with mango, too, and if you like beans, fabulous in dal bhat. :)

  8. Joanne said, on July 8, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    I love finding new refreshing summer beverages to sip on! THe flavors in this would make me so happy.

  9. Davida @The Healthy Maven said, on July 8, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    So fun you’ve been able to meet blogger friends! I guess it’s too late to meet you now that you’ve left Toronto!

  10. beingomma said, on July 9, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    This looks and sounds delicious… I am so over my regular tea and need something new

  11. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts said, on July 9, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    I haven’t met many bloggers in person but can definitely relate to it being nerve wracking! It makes sense I suppose, and it’s great that you’ve had such positive experiences after getting over the initial nerves :) This tea looks amazing too!

  12. julia said, on July 10, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    This sounds really lovely — As it’s been so hot here in LA I have been pounding iced drinks and can always use a new one! I bet it would be good with some black tea in there too– sort of a dialed-down chai.

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