Here's the recipe (From A Crafty Lass): Note: This isn't the recipe I eluded to in my previous post. For whatever reason my browser wouldn't open that page when I wanted to make it so I went with this one instead.
For about 3 cups of concentrate:
- 3½ cups water
- ½ cup agave nectar or honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 star anise
- ¼ teaspoon anise seeds
- 8 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
- 8 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced (there's no need to peel it)
- 1 teaspoon peppercorns
- 4 bags Darjeeling tea
Strain the concentrate into a sealable container and store in the refrigerator for about a week.
It was super easy to make and did smell amazing. If you're not a huge anise fan, you may want to cut back on it as the anise scent was quite strong. The yield was about 2 cups but that was probably my fault. I was simmering it a little harder than I was supposed to (I blame the Dexter episode I was watching at the same time - oops).
As for the taste test? I just filled a mug a third of the way with the concentrate, topped off the rest with milk and threw it in the microwave for 2 minutes. I don't know why I'm so surprised, but it tastes pretty good. A little too anise-y for my liking but not so powerful that I won't finish it (I'll just know for next time) and it's pretty sweet, which isn't all bad but I won't add as much concentrate to my next mug full (and possibly reduce the amount of honey in the next batch).
I think I may just be converted...