1 gallon water
30 whole cloves
30 black peppercorns
40 cardamom pods (split the pods)
1 stick cinnamon
1 teaspoon fennel seed
fresh ginger root to taste (4” x 1” piece, chopped up - OR less if you grate it)
1 teaspoon loose tea: black teas are OK, but I have to recommend rooibos, as it low in tannins, is caffeine free, and has excellent health benefits and medicinal properties
Combine all ingredients except tea in a large stock pot.
Bring to a boil.
Simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove from heat and add tea.
Allow to steep for 5 minutes (you can let it steep longer if you use rooibos tea)
Sweetened coconut milk or almond milk and honey are a wonderful alternative to traditional dairy creamers.
Chill any unused portion and reheat as needed!