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A Spicy Hot Drink – Make It Youself

Posted by terrepruitt on January 24, 2012

Dance Exercise, Nia class, Nia teacher, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, dance workout, cardio danceThe Nia Class on Friday that I teach is at a studio that recently re-located from Los Gatos to San Jose.  Being in a newish area I found myself dropping by a store I don’t normally frequent.  I ended up buying some tea.  I know that green tea is supposed to be good for you and I found myself liking Chai, so I was happy to find some Green Tea Chai.  Gently spiced with cinnamon and anise.  The box also makes statements about ginger, cardamom, and licorice.  I thought it just HAD to be good.  I had just purchased some honey from a local bee keeper and I was so excited to try the honey with this tea.  I came home and made a cup.  I was very disappointed.  It didn’t taste like anything, except the honey itself (which is fantastic, by the way!).  It didn’t have a flavor that I could detect at all.  I had been thinking that along with some of the benefits from green tea, I would be getting benefits from the cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom, and I would also get some flavor.  With all of that in the tea I thought there would be something.  Maybe I clearly didn’t see the “gently spiced”.  But I was disappointed.

I thought I would try spicing it up myself.  So I added my own ginger, cinnamon, and I even added nutmeg.  I figured that I would be able to reap the benefits of the spices if I put them directly in my tea.  I ended up making a pretty tasty beverage.  I would imagine that I could add my own spices to hot water and make any type of “tea” I want.  I know it shouldn’t really be called tea as tea is make with actually leaves from a plant and not just spices.  All I need to know is it tastes good and it helps keep me warm (it has been a bit cold around here lately). 

And, as I said, I can get the benefits from some of the spices.  Granted the spices do tend to sink to the bottom of the mug in a wet pile, but if you keep it stirred you actually drink them.  That would be the point—to drink them.

One day, I grabbed the cayenne pepper instead of cinnamon — and you frequent readers must know — I DO NOT tolerate spice at all.  I don’t like heat.  I made a really spicy hot concoction.  I saved it for my hubby, because it didn’t TASTE bad it was just to hot for me and I thought he would like it.  He did.  So I guess I can make him some spicy hot beverages too.

As a reminder, ginger is an anti-inflammatory, so it is good for the body to help keep chronic inflammation at bay.  It also has some nutrients and is used as a digestive aid.  I usually use the powdered kind for my tea, but when I have the actual root I toss a little piece in my mug.

Cinnamon is also an anti-inflammatory food.  I have thought to add it to my coffee before and as stated in this post, my tea, but now I will just start making a spice hot water mix.  Cinnamon is also consider a digestive aid.  So why not just add some spices to some hot water and see what you come up with? Or add it to your coffee or tea? 

Honey and lemon are common things to put in hot water, I think I will try that with some of my spices.  Get the whole shebang.  Warmth, water, lemon, spices . . . sound like a winner to me.  How about you?  Spices to drink?

4 Responses to “A Spicy Hot Drink – Make It Youself”

  1. niachick said

    Love, love, love Chai. Cardamom is one of my favorite spices, as is Cinnamon. Thanks for your post, my friend. Always a pleasure to read, especially first thing in the morning!

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  2. Melisa said

    I love homemade chai. If I have time I roast the spices first in the oven then grind them and then boil the ground spices with the tea before adding a milk and honey. I like my chai spicy so I use black pepper along with cardamom and slices of fresh ginger. And cinnamon. Oh! You’re in San Jose! You should go to the New India Bazaar on El Camino Real and buy dal chini which is Indian cinnamon and has the most amazing flavor.

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