Cardamom, ginger, vanilla, star anise, and grains of paradise—plus some actual black tea, because why not.
experimental beers with a botanical twist
Zingiber officinale. One of the few root beer plants still used in soft drinks, though the mildly alcoholic drink called ginger beer, made with a ginger beer “plant” (sour yeast culture), is so out of fashion it might be due for a revival. And ginger is a perennial favorite of mazers, which is what you call mead-makers if you’re pretentious. Plus it’s readily available in any supermarket. So for all these reasons, I’ve brewed with it a lot over the years.