This is a drink for rainy or cold days or when you feel like having a soothing hot or warm cuppa that’s not dairy base or caffeinated. It’s a comfort drink.
I had shared a similar recipe last year, 3-Citrus Honey Drink. That drink was inspired by De Koffieschenkerij in Amsterdam (image below). It’s a cafe situated in the oldest building (once a church) in the historic Oude Kirk district. Very quaint. The indoor seating area where we were seated was the former sacristy. Quite a surreal experience. This Citrus Cardamon drink is very similar except that it should be served hot or warm not cold, and it must have cardamons!
Citrus Cardamon Drink
|Prep:||~ 10 minutes|
|Cook:||~ 2 minutes|
|Inactive:||~ 15 minutes|
|Serves:||~ 6 – 8|
|Can recipe be doubled?||Yes|
1 cup = 250ml =8.45 US fl oz
1. Bring the 1/2 cup water to a boil. When it comes to a boil, crack the cardamon pods open. I use the base of a heavy pot. Add the cracked cardamon pods (& its contents) and the 1/2 cinnamon stick into the boiling water. Turn off and leave on the burner to steep for 5 minutes.
2. Slice both top and bottom ends off the grapefruit, orange and lime. Discard these slices as they contain too much pith (white part) and will make the drink bitter.
3. In a large heatproof jug ~6 – 8 cups (~1.5 – 2 litres) capacity, add enough honey to sweetened to taste, the sliced grapefruit, orange, lime and the bunch of mint.
4. Top with boiling water and the 1/2 cup of cardamon-cinnamon steeped water.
5. Use a muddler, spoon or a rolling pin (with a flat base) to muddle the fruits and mint. Don’t overdo it or the white pith of those citrus fruits will turn the drink bitter.
6. Infuse for not more than 10 minutes or the drink will become progressively bitter. So strain after the 10 minutes.
7. Serve hot or warm.
This recipe is very flexible. Replace, omit, add more or less of any of the ingredients. The only constant is the cardamons.
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