The bitterness of the grains of Selim (also known as Guinea pepper) gives this simple spiced tea a nice balance along with dried ginger and cloves.
- 3-4 Guinea peppers, cracked open or crushed
- 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced (unpeeled if organic)
- 2 whole cloves
- 2-4 slices lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
- 18 fluid ounces water
If making without a kettle or tea pot: Add all ingredients to a pan, cover with cold water and bring up to a boil. Turn off heat and steep for 5 mins. Strain through a sieve and pour into cups.
If using a kettle and tea pot: Boil a kettle of water. Add the Guinea peppers, ginger, cloves, lemon and zest in a teapot. Pour the boiling water over the ingredients and steep for 5 minutes. Pour into cups to serve.