I was very honoured to be asked to dinner by my Saudi neighbours last week, and was served Arabic coffee, which is heavily laced with cardamom.
It tastes very odd, like cough mixture, but they only pour a few teaspoons at a time, so it was surprisingly easy to drink - especially with the accompanying dates.
The food was very good, too - chicken with rice and tabbouleh, all beautifully seasoned and delicately spiced.
I felt so relaxed and comfortable afterwards, and wondered if it was the cardamom coffee. 'cos no alcohol was served.
My neighbour told me "Old peoples are drinking this always for the stiff legs" Well, her English is a lot better than my Arabic!
I am going to see if Whittards stock this coffee, because I would like to see if it works again - it's worth a try, and will make a change from Horlicks.
(I must add that I'm not looking for a magical herbal cure - just something soothing and comforting)
I will report back - watch this space!
Moffy (international super coffee spy)