In a large saucepan, add the water, tea bags, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla bean, peppercorns, and brown sugar. Bring just to a boil; then cover and reduce the heat to low. Let simmer for approximately 5 minutes depending on how strong a spice flavor you want.
Add milk and slowly bring just to simmer (do not boil the milk), then remove from heat. Strain mixture through strainer or coffee filters; press on the spices and tea with a spoon to extract all the fragrant liquids.
NOTE: Many people make the tea base ahead of time, adding the milk when they are ready to serve.
Serve hot or in a tall glass filled with ice.
Store unused portion in the refrigerator.
Makes 3 cups.
* Decaffeinated tea leaves can also be used, but increase the amount of tea by either 1 teaspoon loose tea or 1 tea bag to make up for the loss in flavor.
** If you are vegan or allergic to dairy products, substitute your favorite milk substitute. The flavor will vary with the type of milk substitute used.
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