Chai Tea Hot Toddy
2 teaspoons cardamom pods, crushed (about 20 pods)
2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
11 (3") cinnamon sticks, divided
1 (2") piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
2 medium oranges
6 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons whole leaf black tea or 3 bags black tea
9 ounces Grand Traverse Distillery (Traverse City, MI) Barrel Finished Peninsula GinPREPARATION
Toast cardamom, coriander, peppercorns, and 5 cinnamon sticks in a large pot over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ginger and 8 cups of water.
Using a peeler, peel orange zest into long strips about 3" each. Reserve 6 pieces for garnish, then add the remaining zest to the pot.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in honey and tea. Let steep 5 minutes.
Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl or pot. Divide among mugs and top off with Gin. Garnish with reserved orange peels and cinnamon sticks.
Tea mixture can be made 1 week ahead; cover and chill. Add the Gin when you are ready to consume.
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