RECIPE: THE HERMIT
Rich earthy sweetness, complemented by cozy cinnamon smoke.
prep time: 1 hour serves: 4 difficulty: medium
- 3 cups (720 ml) water
- 2 tsp (5 g) Assam black tea leaves
- 1 tsp (6 g) ginger, grated
- 2 tsp (5 g) cloves, whole
- 1 tsp (1.5 g) cardamom pods, lightly pressed
- 1 tsp (2 g) fennel seeds, whole
- 1/2 tsp (1 g) black peppercorn, whole
- 2 Tbsp (40 g) seedless tamarind paste, or 4 Tbsp if with seeds
- 6 cinnamon sticks (10.5 g), 4 inches (10 cm) long
- 4 Tbsp (60 g) white sugar or equivalent substitute
- ½ cup (120 ml) egg whites or aquafaba
DIRECTIONSSweet & Sour Chai (yields 2½ cups, or 600 ml)
- Into a small pot of boiling water, add the black tea, ginger, cloves, cardamom, fennel, peppercorn, tamarind paste, and 2 sticks of cinnamon.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat, pass through a fine sieve, and gently press the spice mix to release more liquid.
- Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Let cool to room temperature, then seal and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
- 5 oz (150 ml) Sweet & Sour Chai
- 1 oz (30 ml) egg white
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Add Sweet & Sour Chai and egg white to a cocktail shaker without ice.
- Seal and vigorously shake for 10 seconds to create a foam.
- Open, fill the shaker with ice and shake for another 10 seconds.
- Strain the cocktail through a fine mesh sieve into a coupe or martini glass, tapping the strainer to get more foam out.
- To garnish, light one end of a cinnamon stick with a culinary blow torch or lighter until glowing, then place on a small heat-proof saucer or piece of slate.
- Serve the glass alongside the smoking cinnamon stick.
Tamarind is a hard-shelled legume with a sour red-fleshed fruit inside. It is most widely available as a paste, processed into small bricks and can be found at many stores specializing in East Asian and South Asian cuisine.
The smoking cinnamon adds an important dimension of the sensory experience; the earthy sweetness of the cocktail is complemented by spicy, smoky aromatics.
While drinking, ask yourself: Where do I find a sense of peace and serenity?