Looking for tasty hot drink - no caffeine
Since I can no longer have caffeine, I have had to give up my daily black tea ritual. I've filled in with honeybush, rooibos, barley tea, rosehip, and the occasional decaf assam (but "decaf" teas still have too much caffeine for me). . . Wondering if there's something else really good that I'm missing. I don't like herbal tisanes like chamomile, hibiscus, etc. It needs to be full-bodied like tea.
I'm open to crazy ideas; I recently tried a recipe in a Persian cookbook for "jujube panacea tea" made from dried jujubes simmered with sugar.
May I suggest that you try a "Ginger Drink" the best would be one that you prepared at home with a mixture of Fresh ginger, Lemon and Sugar that you prepare into a syrup and brew into a tea for your taste.
The alternative is purchasing "Ginger Drinks" as Asian Markets the best are imported from Indonesia that have a strong Ginger Taste but there are many varieties.
If you make the Syrup it's good as Iced Tea, Hot Tea and even your own Ginger Ale by just adding any carbonated water.
This beverage apparently has all sorts of positive health benefits.
Also there are Caffeine free "Chinese Green Teas" and "Barley Teas".
Another excellent refreshing beverage very versatile is easily breded from "Dry Crab Apples" it's very popular in China and it's quite delicious.
re: Irwin Koval
Ginger Tea is a great idea. Here's how I make it:
In a small pot of boiling water, add about 10 slices of 1/8" thick fresh ginger (you don't even have to peel it), a couple cloves, a few green cardamom pods, and several whole black peppercorns. You can add a cinnamon stick (or portion thereof) if you like. Simmer together for about 15-20 minutes. Strain and pour into your mug. Add honey if desired. You can omit or add more of any of the above ingredients, keeping the ginger base. You can add more water to it several times and it still holds its potency. It's spicy and really warms your innards- and is especially good if you are not feeling well.
I like to sip broth during the day.
I had a friend come back from china with a bunch of packets of coconut drink--basically hot cocoa but coconut--I'm sure you could devise something along those lines w/coconut milk and some sugar.
I also tend to bung whole spices--usually cardomom or star anise--into tea. if you're getting bored with the teas you've got, I bet you could mix and match them with what you've got in the spice cupboard. Incidentally, I too am completely sick of the taste of rosehip that seems to be in every packet of herbal tea I buy.
re: Pat Hammond
Sounds like those Korean citron honey teas, actually...rinds of citrus in honey, sold in glass jars. it looks kind of like marmalade, but put it in hot water and its really good. it's pretty versatile, you can add a teabag, use cold water, or stir it into seltzer, or whatever you fancy. Good stuff.