He took a second-to-last slurp of tea, savoring all of the subtle spices that Yehyeh layered beneath the cardamom.
--Throne of the Crescent Moon, Chapter One
Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed, recently came out. I had a blast reading this book. The cardamom tea here sounded lovely...so I heated up the stove and opened my spice cupboard.
2 tablespoons green cardamon pods
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 small stick cinnamon
Sugar or honey, to taste.
Toss the toasted ingredients into about 4 cups of nearly-boiling water. Let it steep for at least twenty minutes. Though, really, you could just throw it in the fridge and forget about it until tomorrow.
Strain, then sweeten to taste with honey or sugar. My husband likes it unsweetened, but I think a touch of honey actually brings out the flavors.
Simple, but delicious. And my house gets to smell like cardamon.
*As a side note, none of these spices should be expensive. Bulk food bins, the Hispanic foods aisle, and ethnic food markets all have these for cheap where I live.