Black Tea with Spices and Nuts


As promised, here is my second contribution to my Hot Drinks Week. This black tea with spices and nuts is usually eaten/drunk in the mountain areas of Lebanon during the cold winter season. You immediately warm up the moment you take a few sips from it. It also makes a very nice night-in-with-friends-playing-games drink.


For one cup, you need:

- 1 Tbsp of loose black tea

- 1 Tbsp of dark brown sugar

- 1/2 cinnamon stick

- 2 cloves

- 5 almonds

- 5 walnuts

 

First, soak the cinnamon stick and cloves in the hot water for a few minutes before adding the loose tea. Brew tea like you would usually brew tea: loose tea leaves in a strainer in hot water. Infuse for a few minutes. Take out the tea strainer and the spices and add the sugar. Stir. The tea will darken in color, it will become almost black because of the dark sugar. Finally, add the nuts (you can also add pine nuts and pistachios) and serve with a spoon. Beautifully and literally heart warming!

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