Until modern times, the most drunk beverages were alcoholic, dairy, or water. Now we have an enormous variety of beverages to choose from. One of the most popular in the U.S. is Iced Tea. Tea as a beverage was invented by the Chinese, under Emperor Shen Nung (2737 BCE) after a Chinese inventor devised a tea shredder to prepare tea leaves for infusion.
Source: Anita Burns (adapted from a traditional recipe)
2 teaspoons Splenda, Agave nectar, or Sugar or use a pinch of Stevia
1 tablespoon Barley malt syrup or molasses
4 teaspoons Irish whisky, good quality
1 cup Strong, hot coffee, regular or decaf
¼ cup Heavy cream,
pinch Stevia powder, or 1 teaspoon sugar or Splenda
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
Nutmeg for garnish or use shaved, bittersweet chocolate, freshly grated nutmeg is best.
Brew the coffee.
Meanwhile, pour cream into a deep bowl and whip with sweetener and vanilla.
Warm a tall mug or Irish Coffee glass.
Combine sweetener and whiskey.
Add coffee to fill mug or glass about 3/4 of the way.
Stir to dissolve sweeteners.
Spoon whipped cream on top.
Garnish with nutmeg or chocolate.
SATHYA'S CHAI TEA
Source: A traditional Sufi recipe
10 ounces Spring or filtered water
3 Whole cloves
4 Whole cardamom
4 Black peppercorns
1 3" Stick cinnamon
1 1" slice Fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon Black tea, regular or decaf
Milk or soy milk, or almond milk
Simmer, covered, all ingredients except black tea and milk for 10-15 minutes.
Add black tea.
Add milk, soy milk, or almond milk (unsweetened).
It will keep in refrigerator for about a week.
Serve hot or cold