The word tea in Arabic is “شاي” or “chai” which comes from the Persian word “jaaii”. In the Middle East, tea is consumed anytime during the day with or without food. It is part of each celebration, and occasion. Usually, black tea is preferred in some countries of North Africa, while some gulf countries prefer tea with milk.
1. Pour water and black tea in a pot over medium heat. When the tea boils, turn off the heat.
2. Add Arak or (a Levantine anise flavored liqueur), and stir together.
3. Add honey to taste.
4. Garnish with roasted almonds and raisins.