Licorice is one of those things: you either love it or you hate it. There is no middle ground. If you fall into the category of human beings who love the deep fennel flavour of licorice, you will love licorice tea.
Derived from the licorice root, licorice tea provides a sweet yet tangy taste and leaves a smooth feeling on the palate. This flavour of tea is not only caffeine free, but it has medicinal purposes also – from healing colds and flus to assisting with glandular and adrenal problems. It is further believed that the licorice root is packed with antioxidants and possible cancer-fighting compounds.
Made from dried, chipped off pieces of the licorice plant, the tea form can be purchased in health food stores, major supermarkets or can be made from scratch using the root and a combination of other spices. Common additional ingredients include cinnamon, mint and vanilla.
If you are trying to kick the sugar habit, licorice tea is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Not only does it give you something warm and nourishing to hold in your hand, but its sweet flavour makes you feel as though you are indulging in something naughty. Drinking this tea can nip sugar cravings in the bud when needed most. It is my go to tea whenever I feel like something dessert-y following a meal.
You can make your own licorice tea relatively easily with this recipe:
- 1 cup of chopped dry licorice root
- ½ cup cinnamon chips
- ½ dried orange peel
- 2 tablespoons of whole cloves
- ½ cup of chamomile flowers
Mix everything well in a bowl and then store in a glass jar, away from light and heat.
To prepare the tea, combine 3 heaped teaspoons of tea m ix and 2 ½ cups of cold water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour into a large teacup through a strainer.