In the U.A.E. summers are relentless and long while the winters are beautiful but go away like the wind. Winter is the best time of the year for me. Today’s pick is a simple Sage Tea. It goes perfectly with the weather and the holiday spirit. This tea was mentioned by my close friend Elma a couple of months back. The both of us have endless conversations on tea and baking (our areas of common interest). I thought today would be a good day to sip on a homemade herbal tea blend.
“Sage tea is a natural substance made from the leaves of the sage plant (Salvia officinalis). Often used as a spice, sage is also a popular remedy in herbal medicine. Proponents claim that drinking sage tea can help with a number of health problems, as well as promote weight loss and improve hair health.” – http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/Sage-Tea.htm?utm_source=pinteres
You can use either fresh sage or dried sage depending on what you have in your pantry. Combined with just a few other ingredients, this tea is a warm, comforting drink perfect for this time of the year.
1 cup of water
5-6 fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp. dried sage
2 cardamom pods gently crushed
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp. ginger powder
A pinch of cayenne pepper
In a medium sized saucepan, add in a cup of water and the remaining ingredients excluding cayenne pepper.
Let the tea come to a gentle boil, about 3-4 minutes.
Turn off the heat and add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Cover and let the tea steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain and enjoy!