This was taken out of the book “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Magick” by Miria Liguana and Nina Metzner. If you like this recipe, please buy the book.
Faeries love milk-based drinks. This warm punch is the perfect offering to leave in your garden in the early spring to wake up the devas and let them know you welcome them to your home. Put a small cup of this brew in a sheltered place once there is no more danger of frost. Share the rest with your family and friends. Then start going through your new seed catalogues.
- 4 cups spring or bottled water
- 8 whole cloves
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 4 whole cardamom pods
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 1/4-inch thick slice fresh ginger
- 3 bags Darjeeling tea (or any other good black tea you like)
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 (3×1/2-inch) strips orange peel
- Additional cinnamon sticks (optional)
Combine the water, cloves, fennel seeds, cardamom, cinnamon stick, and ginger in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes. remove the saucepan from the heat and add the tea bags. Cover the pan and let the mixture steep 30 minutes.
Strain the liquid into another saucepan. Add the milk, sugar, and orange peel. Bring to a simmer, stirring gently until the sugar dissolves. Garnish with the additional cinnamon sticks, if desired. Serves 4 — plus the faeries.