3 cups rice milk, plain or vanilla flavoured

3 cups water

1/3 cup sweetener of your choice

2 Tbsp black tea leaves (try assam or a breakfast blend)

1 two-inch or longer cinnamon stick

8 whole black peppercorns

2 whole cloves

4 cardamom seeds

¼ tsp whole cumin seeds

2 whole allspice

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Mix the milk, water, sweetener and tea leaves in a saucepan and bring to a boil. As soon as the mixture boils, turn off the heat and stir in all the spices. Cover the pan and allow the tea and spices to steep for 15 minutes. Remove the cover, stir, and heat again to a boil. As soon as it reaches the boil, remove from the heat. Pour mixture through a fine strainer or sieve into a teapot or directly into individual teacups or mugs to serve. Can be store in an airtight container for up to two days, and served chilled or reheated.

**I don’t know if it’s been bitterly cold where you guys are, but here’s something to keep you warm!**