Americans only use sage during Thanksgiving to flavor the turkey and dressing so it took me some time to get used to the herb being used in other ways. A lot of Arab countries drink sage tea on the daily basis just like their Bedouin ancestors did and still do. Sage is extremely good for you and something that I always keep in my spice cabinet. I can buy a large bag already dried really cheap here in Riyadh.
I had always wanted to try this drink since my friend Zelia always mentioned, it’s the drink of choice in Mororcco, but never got around to it. Then not long ago I was reading about Jordanian Bedouins and the drink and decided to give it a try. I was actually really surprised at how great it tasted. It has since become one of my favorite drinks and even as I type this I am sipping a cup.
2 teaspoons loose black tea
1 teaspoon dried sage
2 cardamom pods, bruised
2-1/2 cups boiling water
Sugar, to taste
1. In a saucepan on medium-high heat, add water, tea, sage and cardamom. Bring to a full boil, then allow to steep for 5 minutes.
2. Strain tea, add sugar, mix. And serve.
Yields: 2-3 servings