Toy Soldier: A Spelljammer Saga

A series of novels set in the Spelljammer® fantasy universe

Flavours of the Cosmos


Graf is a strong orcish stimulating drink, always served at the morning meal and often served throughout the day.  Males drink it strong, black and bitter; females add honey and heavy cream.  (My husband, however, prefers the female version.)  In the evening, strong alcohol is often added (usually rum, brandy or sake.)  Essentially, it is chai spice in coffee!



1 pot strong black coffee

7 cardamom pods

1 level tsp whole cloves

1 level tsp whole peppercorns

2 heaping tsp ground cinnamon

1 heaping tsp ginger

Optional Ingredients (Female Version):

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsp heavy cream or whipped cream (or non-dairy substitute)


Grind up the cardamom pods, cloves and peppercorns with a mortar and pestle.  Add the cinnamon and ginger and mix thoroughly.  Steep 1 tbsp as tea in the pot of black coffee for at least 20 minutes.  Add honey and cream if desired (or your favourite spirit) and drink!

*Note - Dukagsh, the orcish homeworld, is damp and tropical, so wheat, rye and corn do not grow well there.  Alcohols made from such are therefore expensive and are not often used culturally except for special occasions.*