This warming spiced beverage is perfect for a cold winter’s night. Unlike most chai lattes, it is caffeine-free so you can consume it with the assurance of a good night’s sleep. Spices are medicines you can pull from your kitchen cupboard as they provide strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. The drink is also lactose-free and gluten-free.
PREPARATION: 5 MINUTES, COOKING: 5 MINUTES, SERVES 2
1 rooibos tea bag
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon green cardamom pods
1⁄2 stick cassia
small knob of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
11⁄4 cups lite soy milk
2 teaspoons honey
ground cinnamon, for garnish
1. Place 1 1⁄4 cups of water into a small saucepan with the tea bag and spices, cover and bring to boil. Turn down heat slightly and boil for 3 minutes.
2. Mix in soy milk and honey, and bring to boil again, uncovered, being careful that it doesn’t burn or boil over. Remove from heat just as it starts to foam and rise.
3. Pour into 2 tall mugs through a small strainer. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Enjoy immediately.
– Rooibos (or red bush) tea comes from South Africa and can be purchased from supermarkets and health-food stores. It is a popular caffeine-free alternative to black tea.
– For best results, use fresh spices, as spices tend to lose their volatile oils with storage.
– Store whole spices for up to 2 years. Ground spices should reused within 12-18 months. Never store spices in the fridge as the condensation will increase oxidation of their volatile oils.
Per serve: energy 469 kJ (112 Cal); protein 5 g; fat 3 g; saturated fat 0 g; cholesterol 0 mg; carbohydrate 15 g; sugars 10 g; fibre 3 g; calcium 216 mg; iron 0.9 mg; sodium 101 mg