Spiced Mandarin Orange Tea with Honey

YIELD: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

4 tbsp. honey
12 mandarin oranges juice (with the pulp)
4 mandarin oranges rind
4 cups water
4 star anise pods
½ tsp. nutmeg ground
½ tsp. cinnamon ground
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
extra cinnamon sticks (optional garnish)

DIRECTIONS

Place all of the ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan. Cover with lid and heat over high heat. Stir every so often and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and boil for another 30 minutes without lid, until all the flavors are well combined and the aroma of the spices is strong.

Before serving, strain the tea to remove the pieces of rind and any residue. Serve hot and decorate each cup with a stick of cinnamon if desired.