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Creative infusions?

velvetdc1 Dec 16, 2010 07:23 PM

Hello all, I'm sitting here out of herbal tea, my nightly ritual in the winter. I'm wondering if anyone has ideas for infusions I can make in hot water using things I may already have in the fridge or spice cabinet that will give me that feeling of a hot herbal concoction. I'm not in the mood for something milk-based or dense like hot chocolate, and all I can think of is lemon and water! I'll go with that for tonight but thought I'd ask for future reference!

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    morwen Dec 27, 2010 05:50 AM

    Ginger, sage and chamomile with honey is a favorite around here, especially if nursing a chest cold.

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      mollymolly Dec 26, 2010 10:57 PM

      I'm quite partial to lemongrass. The tea tastes like the super fresh amazing version of the lemon girl scout cookies. No sugar needed.

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        velvetdc1 Dec 26, 2010 09:09 PM

        Thanks :) Some interesting suggestions! I should have thought of saffron / cardamom... but the herbs mentioned also look worth a try!

        1. Helvella Dec 16, 2010 07:52 PM

          My husband likes to put ~4 strands saffron, 1cardamon pod, and a sugar cube in a cup and pour over hot water. He had it served to him that way in India.

          1. todao Dec 16, 2010 07:32 PM

            Mint is, of course, a favorite. I've listened to some who claim that lavender, thyme, dill and basil (and combinations thereof) make good staring points for warm infused drinks and that a twist of lime blends well. Never tried them myself.

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