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Slow Cooker Ginger Cardamom Tea

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As days get shorter and cooler, grab a blanket, and cozy up to a large mug of this ginger cardamom tea. Made in a slow cooker, the aroma of this Ginger Cardamom Tea will have your home smelling so inviting.

Delicious Slow cooker ginger tea with cardamom and cinnamon

Cold weather is coming and the best way for me to survive it is to have an endless supply of warm beverages on hand. Warm beverages like this Spiced Citrus Mulled Juice and this Ginger Cardamom Tea.

While I thrive in the scorching temperatures of HotLanta, I struggle to stay as warm as I can in the cooler months to keep from freezing.
Ok, so I might be embellishing a bit.
Maybe
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However, when temperatures drop below 60, I reach for two coats.
No embellishing going on in that last sentence. 🙂

When the temperature starts to drop, hot soups and warm drinks are my arsenal of choice in my struggle to stay warm.

I am from Sri Lanka, also known as Ceylon, where the national drink is tea or (pronounced th-eh-yy). Ceylon Tea is known worldwide for its quality and taste. Growing up in Sri Lanka, we had tea at breakfast, tea during the late morning hours, tea in the evening, and sometimes tea to round off dinner.

When we were feeling ill, my mom would whip up a warm, milky mug of ginger tea. The funny thing was my mom’s ginger tea was a cure-all for everything from stomach aches to sore throats to aches and pains – much like Windex was to the dad in my Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Sprouts loose leaf tea bulk bins

When we left Sri Lanka to live in Abu Dhabi, my parents would take my sister and I to the Souk with them. The souk was a huge marketplace – like an open air mall. There were all sorts of stores there and tucked between some of the stores were little tea cafes.

It was at one of these tea cafes that I had a cardamom tea for the first time. The tea there was sweetened with condensed milk and frothed manually by pouring it between two glasses.

Over the years, I feel I have tried so many different teas in so many different ways. But, one of my favorites is this ginger cardamom tea.

Slow cooker ginger cardamom tea

When the weather starts to cool down, my daughter and I usually enjoy many, many mugs of this warm, ginger cardamom tea. I gave up on trying to get my tea to taste as delicious as my mom’s but my daughter says it’s close! And I’m happy with that.

While I usually make tea by heating water on a stove and adding it to a mug with my favorite tea bags, every now and then I like to make a huge batch in a slow cooker to enjoy throughout the day or when my mom and sister come to visit.

By the way, if you do not have a slow cooker but have an Instant Pot, Kristen published this incredibly detailed post on how to use your Instant Pot as a slow cooker.

Slow cooker ginger cardamom tea with loose leaf tea from Sprouts bulk bins

This ginger cardamom tea is not only delicious, it is highly aromatic. Your house will smell so inviting when this is simmering away.

I usually get some loose leaf Ceylon Tea at Sprouts. They have them in their bulk bin section so I can get as much as I think I will need. On a recent trip to Sprouts, I grabbed a generous portion of loose leaf Ceylon Tea to make some of this Ginger Cardamom Tea. My daughter spotted her favorite yogurt pretzels in the bulk bin section and we grabbed some to bring home to enjoy with this tea.

I simply love shopping at Sprouts. And, I am so excited that when I move to Covington, the closest Sprouts will be only 30 minutes away. Sprouts always has my favorite pantry staples from tea to ready made soups to canned beans.

Slow cooker ginger cardamom tea with loose leaf tea and yogurt pretzels from Sprouts bulk bins

And, they also have some unique and fun seasonal products and fall flavors. But, make sure you stock up on any of your seasonal favorites because they go fast! On our last trip, we grabbed a couple of bottles of their spiced apple cider. We were planning on grabbing a few more bottles when we went back over this weekend but they were all gone. I was so touched when one of the Sprouts associates ever so kindly called a few sister stores to find out if they had any bottles left – without me even asking her to! Just another reason why I love shopping at Sprouts!

Practicing frothing technique on slow cooker ginger tea
My daughter demonstrating the “natural frothing” technique!

Sprouts also has such an incredible array of unique and affordable products in their bulk department. Everything from our favorite yogurt pretzels to rolled oats to star anise can be found in their bulk department.

If you are fortunate to have a Sprouts near you, make sure you check out the variety of items in their bulk department. And, while you are there, grab some loose leaf Ceylon tea to make this delicious and aromatic Slow Cooker Ginger Cardamom Tea.

Slow cooker ginger cardamom tea with loose leaf tea from Sprouts bulk bins

Slow Cooker Ginger Cardamom Tea

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

As days get shorter and cooler, grab a blanket, and cozy up to a large mug of this ginger cardamom tea. Made in a slow cooker, the aroma of this tea will have your home smelling so inviting.

Ingredients

  • • 6 tablespoons loose leaf Ceylon Black tea from Bulk Bins at Sprouts
  • • 6 cups water
  • • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • • 8-12 pods pf cardamom
  • • 6 tbsp condensed milk
  • • TO ENJOY WITH: yogurt pretzels also from Sprouts bulk bins

Instructions

  1. If you have some cheesecloth, add the tea to it and gather up the corners and secure this little pouch. However, if you don’t have any cheesecloth, simply add the loose tea leaves to a slow cooker – keeping in mind that you will have to strain this later.
  2. Add in the cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods as.
  3. Add in the water
  4. Set slow cooker to cook on low for 6 hours or high for two hours.
  5. When ready, mix in a tablespoon of condensed milk and enjoy with some yogurt covered pretzels.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 87Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 7mgSodium 46mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 2gSugar 11gProtein 3g

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As days get shorter and cooler, grab a blanket, and cozy up to a large mug of this ginger cardamom tea.

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Ben @ Havocinthekitchen

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

We probably (Well, most likely) have different levels of tolerance to cold weather (I was walking in a t-short, and it was just ~13C earlier today...and it was too hot - I really wanted my shirts too.), but we can agree on that colder parts of the year are about comfort soup and cozy drinks, like tea. I am a huge fan of cardamom, so this combination is right up my alley!

John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

This is definitely the time for nice, warming drinks. Terrific looking recipe! Thanks.

David @ Spiced

Monday 19th of October 2020

So I have to ask how much of the "naturally frothed" tea actually stayed in the glass there? Haha! It was great seeing Lil S make a cameo appearance on the blog. So Covington, eh? That's in New York, right? :-) Seriously, though, this tea sounds awesome - I've never thought about using a slow cooker for tea. Genius idea for the holiday season! And I know we would love the flavors here - also, Laura is the same as you when it comes to cold weather. I think we have an entire closet of coats just for her. Haha!

angiesrecipes

Monday 19th of October 2020

I need one :-)) A perfect winter warmer!

Emese

Monday 19th of October 2020

I bet it would make a huge difference making a tea in a slow cooker. I haven't tried it but just got some black leaves as a present and I had no idea how to make delicious tea with them. Now I know. Thanks.