¾ cup cold water
1 tea bag or ¼ tsp. loose leaf black tea (I prefer Assam or Darjeeling)
¼ cup milk (preferably 1 or 2%)
sugar, to taste
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground cardamom
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
In small saucepan, over high heat, bring water to a boil. Add tea and let simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine spices. Add milk to tea and let simmer 15 seconds. Add 3 pinches of spice mixture to tea and continue simmering for 15 seconds. Strain tea into mug and add sugar to taste.
For a different flavour, vary the combination of spices and the strength of the brew. I like to add chopped fresh ginger to the boiling water - it's great for an upset stomach.
Traditional blend: cardamom, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, cloves