Most everyone prefers one or the other: coffee or tea.
Some like both. I usually start my day with a cup of tea, then follow it with a cup of coffee.
No matter your preference, there is a worldwide affinity for both.
One of my main craves from India is a good cup of tea. There is nothing as soothing as sipping my first cup of good tea once we arrive in India. Whether it's at my in-laws or from a good roadside stand makes no difference. That first good sip is like liquid gold for my soul.
Likewise, when we go to South India, I cannot wait to delight my tastebuds with a good cup of coffee. If you are a coffee lover and have never had the pleasure of imbibing in a South Indian Cardamom coffee, this could change your life. Rich bold coffee, condensed milk, and spices come together to create an almost-euphoric burst of flavor in your mouth.
I've concocted my own version of this treat, so you can make it for yourself at home. Warning: this will quickly become your new favorite hot beverage.
Here's what you'll need:
Freshly Sliced Ginger
Spices (I like to use this Pie Spice from Penzey's, but cinnamon will do).
Here's what to do:
Squeeze the orange zest and the ginger and drop them in the bottom of your coffee carafe.
Drop 3 drops of the Cardamom Extract into the carafe.
Measure out a double-strength amount of coffee.
Add some Pie Spice to the top of the ground coffee.
Brew a pot and Pour into mugs.
Stir in 1-2 teaspoons of Condensed Milk, depending on how sweet you like it.
Smile from ear to ear while saying, "mmmmmm," and enjoy.
These white cotton tassels are also great for tea-staining. It you don't like the bright white, tea-staining will give them a beautiful aged look.
Interested in learning more about tea-staining? This article from Country Living has lots of tips and how-to's.
What's your favorite coffee or tea beverage or project? Do share in the comments below.
Until next time~