This lower-sugar, alcohol-free toddy will warm you right up on the most frigid winter days. Featuring warming ingredients such as ginger, jalapeno, pepper and tamarind – a common ingredient in Thai and Caribbean cuisines – the nuances in this winter cocktail will not only layer heat, but add tons of delicious flavour, too.
Warming honey-marmalade syrup
Toast the dry spices for enhanced flavour. If using tamarind paste, be sure to dilute and blend with an immersion blender first for maximum flavour.
For the chamomile tea, in a small saucepan, add the 3 cups of water and heat until almost boiling. Reduce heat to low and add the 4 tea bags and let steep, approximately 5 minutes, or longer, if you prefer stronger flavour. Keep the heat on low to continue warming the tea while you prepare the warming honey-marmalade syrup.
For the warming honey-marmalade syrup, in another small saucepan add 1 cup of water, and heat until almost boiling. Reduce heat to simmer and add the marmalade, honey, tamarind paste, turmeric, ginger, pepper corns, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and finely chopped jalapeno pepper. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove tea bags, and add the honey-marmalade mixture to the small saucepan to let the flavours combine for 2-3 minutes over low heat.
If you have French press, pour the ingredients in the carafe and let further steep for 5 minutes, then press to filter the blend and pour into a heat-resistant glass. If you don’t have a French press, let the mixture continue to steep for 5 minutes in the sauce pan, and then strain using a fine mesh sieve into a heat-resistant glass.
To garnish, add a fresh or dehydrated orange wheel, a cinnamon stick and/or star anise, cozy up under your favourite blanket and enjoy!