Yogi Tea

April 12, 2009 - by Mukhya Khalsa

On all film sets it is incredibly important to keep the crew fed, it is a relatively inexpensive way to boost morale and keep people happily working long into the day. When working in the cold as we often do here in Alaska, coffee is traditionally the beverage of choice. Recently I discovered that when given the choice, Yogi Tea was the preferred drink.

These spices can be too expensive when buying in little cans or jars. Try to find a bulk source for everything but especially cardamon.

This is an Ayurvedic recipe that is said to be good for the liver, nerves, bones, digestion,and a bunch of other stuff that I can't remember right now -- it is basically a good general tonic.

I have a large recipe that I cook for a long time to get as much out the spices that I can. I put a lid on and try not to boil too much water out of the pan because it makes my house too damp. Juneau is already damp enough. I make a big recipe because I get lots of help drinking it from my friends.

1 gallon of water
20 ~2 inch cinnamon sticks
1 T black peppercorn
1/2 cup whole green cardamon (not decortated). Then I crush the shells. shells go in also
2 T cloves
sliced fresh ginger to taste (optional ingredient but I wouldn't leave it out)

I cook it for hours till there is a strong spicey flavor. Then I put one black tea bags in for 3 minutes. You can store the tea in the refrigerator this way. When you are ready to drink it, pour in pan with plenty of milk. Bring to scald and add honey to taste. Milk needs to be scalded to reduce mucus creating quality. Don't skip the black tea for health reasons. The spices are good for you according to Auruvedic medicine and the small amount of caffeine opens your capillaries to expedite the qualities to your body.

There is a quicker way to make yogi tea where you use less water and cook it for just 20 minutes, I'm told you need to let the cloves dance in the boiling water before the other spices when you do it this way. Otherwise, the clove flavor is too strong.

Here's to drinking lots and lots of yogi tea, Mukhya

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On July 02, 2009, justin said:

"Awesome side effect: It makes your whole house smell like cinnamon for at least a day. Truly a miracle of science, yogi tea is."

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