Monday, January 21, 2013

Cinnamon Tea & Coffee

Cinnamon tea is a delicious drink to sip when the weather turns cold and when one wants something soothing.  As you simmer the infusion on your stovetop and steep the liquid, the most inviting scent will waft throughout your house making you crave some the moment it’s done.  Perfect for the afternoon when you want to warm up and perhaps nibble on a cookie, my cinnamon tea is wonderfully suitable for the evening as there is no caffeine in it.  Treat yourself to a cup of this invigorating infusion the next time you want to sit down to a chat with a dear friend or when you want to curl up with a good book at night.  Mom likes to make this for me when I visit her in the winter, usually at night when we sit and reminisce or discuss friends & family.  I will never tire of drinking this ‘tea’ because it is at once comforting and so heavenly.


If you let the infusion cool down and and steep overnight, the most luxurious-tasting cinnamon coffee can be made in no time.  You’ve been warned though, it’s absolutely aromatic and downright addictive.  It’s the type of coffee you’ll want to serve at a weekend brunch for friends and family out of generously-sized cafe au lait bowls, so make sure you brew plenty of this rich liquid.  

Serve and drink a cuppa of cinnamon tea or cinnamon coffee and enjoy every last sip!   
The Ingredients


Cinnamon Tea

  • 2 three-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 1 liter cold water (4 cups or 1 quart)
Yield: approximately 1 liter of tea. 
NOTE: this recipe can be multiplied.


In a saucepan, place the cinnamon sticks and cold water and bring up to a boil on high heat.  As soon as the water reaches the boiling point, cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat to low; simmer the ‘tea’ for 15 minutes.


Let the infusion steep for 10 minutes.  Remove cinnamon sticks and serve hot.  I love serving it in these Turkish porcelain cups with a small amount of sugar.  


Cinnamon Coffee
  • cinnamon tea infusion (refrigerated and steeped overnight with cinnamon sticks)
  • freshly ground coffee to taste
Yield: approximately 1 liter of coffee.


Remove the cinnamon sticks and fill your coffeemaker to the desired level.  Brew your favorite coffee according to your tastes and enjoy.



Doesn’t this look positively delicious?  I’m telling you, if there is inclement weather on the horizon  I suggest making a small pot of this to sip at your leisure.  If you’re like me and prefer your coffee unadulterated by syrups and artificial flavorings, but still crave the taste of spice, I highly recommend keeping a pitcher of my infusion in the refrigerator.  Whether you use cafe au lait bowls or your favorite mugs to drink this piping hot beverage, a cinnamon stick can certainly accompany each serving.  Froth up your milk if you wish and luxuriate.  Cinnamon Tea or Cinnamon Coffee, depending on my mood, is a favorite good thing of mine.  Enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. I am going out to buy cinnamon sticks right now! Both sound so delicious...and for those of us in the frozen tundra of the Midwest, they will be a source of warmth and comfort. Thanks, David!

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  2. Oh I think you're going to like these drinks especially now that it's very cold! Enjoy them!

    David

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