Commonweal's Healing Spiced Tea
The name "Commonweal" reminds me of something regal, like high tea in Great Britain. Actually, it refers to the Commonweal Cancer Program, a retreat for cancer patients and caregivers. Katz makes this tea for attendees to sip all day long. I like to store any extra tea, sans the maple syrup and almond milk, in mason jars in the refrigerator. Leftovers can be stored for up to two weeks, and heated up with the milk and maple syrup. After steeping the tea, the whole spices can be kept refrigerated and used to make a smaller batch of tea (using 6 cups water, and fresh ginger slices).
Recipe type: drink, beverage
Serves: 8 cups
  • ⅓ cup peeled sliced ginger, ¼" thick
  • 10 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1½ tablespoons cardamom pods
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1½ cups almond milk (more or less to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 3 cups maple syrup
  1. Put the ginger slices and water in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the coriander, cardamom, cinnamon sticks, and cloves, and simmer for 20 minutes more. Pour the tea through a fine mesh strainer into another saucepan. Add the almond milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup to taste.
Recipe by Spoon With Me at