A nice cup of tea never fails you when you need it. When I’m in need I turn to this recipe, it has become my usual cup as of late; my first choice in the morning, and the one that steams from my mug at the end of the day. The sweet and spicy taste of this bright golden orange tea radiates warmth and comfort and envelopes me with its soothing aroma. Although technically an infusion and not a proper tea (since it contains no tea leaves and is naturally free of caffeine) its tongue tingling properties are just perfect for the fall and winter seasons when our bodies and immune systems often take a beating. With plenty of hot spices, this naturally warming and anti-inflammatory infusion is just the thing to sooth an ailing stomach or ward off a chill. The key spices here are cinnamon, ginger and turmeric, all with a rich history of medicinal use. An invigorating kick of black pepper and the subtle sweetness of persimmons completes the package; each playing a key role and adding depth and complexity to the final preparation. The heat of the ginger and pepper call attention to the earthiness of the turmeric, an accent of cinnamon sets them off and the whole thing is smoothed out by the sweetness of the persimmons. Spicy ginger supports digestion, fragrant cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar and had anti-microbial properties, sweet persimmons in tea are a natural Asian remedy for acid reflux and earthy turmeric along with the black pepper has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. The bioavailability of the active part of turmeric called curcumin is greatly enhanced by the presence of piperine which is found in black pepper which is probably why turmeric and black pepper are found together in curry. Rest assured that this decidedly fortifying elixir only requires the slightest effort on your part and can be prepared in large amounts to keep on hand in case of need (ahem…post holiday meal perhaps?) And while it’s simmering away on your stove it has the added benefit of wrapping your house in the unmistakably cozy smells of the season.