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1. Gather the ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups of filtered water
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 4 bags of Earl Grey tea (or ¼ cup of loose tea)
  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar

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2. Grind the seeds

Grind the anise, cinnamon and cardamom pods using a mortar and pestle.

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3. Star anise alternative

If you cannot find star anise you can always use loose anise seeds, which are sometimes easier to source.

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4. Cardamom

Make sure the precious Cardamom pods open and the seeds are released and then crushed.

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5. Earl Grey tea bags

Take the string and label from the tea bags and get ready to boil.

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6. Bring all elements into the pan

Bring the water, tea bags, star anise, cinnamon and cardamom to a pan.

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7. Boil

Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, until the tea goes very dark.

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8. Serve

Strain and serve in a cup.

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9. Add milk and sugar to taste

Add the almond milk, a small spoon of brown sugar and stir. And don’t forget to add some cardamom pods at the bottom of your favorite people’s cup as a friendly surprise!

Photos by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitots