As the leaves begin to turn and the air gets a bit nippier, I find refuge in a warm mug of tea. One of my favorites is Arabic tea flavored with cardamom. In it's simplest form it is just black tea and cardamom pods. But you can make it spicier for those especially chilly evenings.

Ingredients:

Water; your favorite black tea (loose or in tea bags); fresh mint leaves; cardamom pods; sage leaves; cinammon powder; ground cloves; ground nutmeg; sugar.

Directions:

Bring the water to a boil and add the tea leaves or teabags. Simmer for a few minutes and take the kettle off the stove. Rinse the mint leaves, pat them dry and tear them apart. Crush the cardamom pods.

Warm the teapot with hot water first*, then pour the tea into the teapot. Add the mint and cardamom and allow to steep. 

For a spicier brew: substitute sage for the mint leaves and add cinammon powder, ground cloves and ground nutmeg to taste.

Add sugar to your cup or mug and serve the tea. My teapots usually have strainer holes built in, but you may need to pour the tea through a strainer if you have torn the mint or sage leaves very small.

[*It is important to warm the teapot before pouring in the much hotter tea. Handmade pottery should not be subjected to sudden temperature extremes.]