Spicy winter tea

The Slowpoke: SPICY WINTER TEA // Photo: Jess Kneebone

When the days are cool and the nights are long, a heart-warming tea can lift the spirits. In search of this, we caught up with Kate Jones from The Vegan Teahouse to discover a tea recipe that’s fit for the season. Packed full of flavour, loaded with health benefits and designed to invigorate, this spicy winter tea is perfect for chilly days and long nights. Plus, it’s easy to whip up at home with ingredients you may already have sitting on your spice rack.

First things first… “start with cinnamon, it’s an absolute must-have during winter,” says Kate. During the cooler months, your circulation can be tested as we’re much more likely to enjoy the comfort of indoor activities. Cinnamon assists with increased blood flow and its spicy notes are naturally warming. It’s also packed with potent antioxidants; one teaspoon of ground cinnamon has as many antioxidants as ½ cup of blueberries. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is good for digestion, making it the ideal base for a winter tea.

Kate adds dried ginger, a wonderful aromatic ingredient that aids a plethora of digestion issues, which we’re all prone to during the winter months. “Ginger is an unsung hero for me, it’s invigorates your body and is incredibly healing.”

On to cardamom, a spice that Ayurvedic medicine swears by as a means to fight depression. Cardamom is detoxifying, and known to assist with cold and flu symptoms, which are ripe in winter.

Then, turmeric, reputedly one of the original ‘superfoods’, turmeric is anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, menstrual difficulties, pain relief and improved liver function. Research has shown a connection between reducing cancer cell growth and even cancer prevention. One of the more common uses for the dried root powder is a curry base, but Kate notes “it is a wonderful flavour to add to tea.” She recommends using chopped turmeric roots rather than dried root powder, but you can use either.

Also added are black peppercorns. The worlds most traded spice; black pepper stimulates taste buds, digestion and promotes intestinal health. During the cooler months black peppercorns are “especially wonderful to reinvigorate the senses,” says Kate.

Finally the un-blossomed flower that’s super aromatic – cloves. Cloves are anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, assisting you with all the things you need your body to do more of during winter. You can also use cloves to temporarily treat a toothache.

1 tbsp ginger roots
1 tbsp cardamom
1 tbsp cinnamon
½ tbsp cloves
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp turmeric

Makes 8 – 10 cups

Place all ingredients in a mortar and pestle and grind. Put in a teapot and add boiling water, let it steep for at least three minutes, pour into a cup and sip away!

Tea is very sensitive to light and other scents. For storage, Kate recommends keeping it in a dark glass jar out of the sunlight or a paper bag.

The Slowpoke: SPICY WINTER TEA // Photo: Jess Kneebone The Slowpoke: SPICY WINTER TEA // Photo: Jess Kneebone The Slowpoke: SPICY WINTER TEA // Photo: Jess Kneebone The Slowpoke: SPICY WINTER TEA // Photo: Jess Kneebone The Slowpoke: SPICY WINTER TEA // Photo: Jess Kneebone

Words and photos: Jess Kneebone

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1 comment:

  • jordan

    this tea sounds perfect for winter! i made a simpler version the other day with lemon, honey, black pepper and fresh turmeric- i felt super healthy and amazing. i discovered your site not long ago and i am really enjoying your stories, thankyou.

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