I’ve been drinking tea for as long as I can remember. In the UK, tea is more than just a drink, it is ingrained into the culture. When you go to someone’s home, they don’t offer you pop or juice, they always offer you a cup of tea.
Perhaps one of the best things about tea is its versatility and appropriateness in various situations. First one up in the morning? Put the kettle on. Mid-morning pick me up? Put the kettle on. A chat with a friend? Put the kettle on. Had a bad day? Put the kettle on. Winding down in the evening? Put the kettle on.
Tea can be enjoyed on its own, served with biscuits (for dunking of course!), or with any meal. Growing up we would joke that the kettle was never cold. While this sounds like hyperbole, it’s probably quite close to the truth. Apparently the Irish are the biggest per-capita consumers of tea in the world, with a national average of four cups per person per day. Our English/Irish household certainly upholds this – and then some!
Drinking all of this tea gives you a taste for it. If you want to make the perfect cup of tea, follow these steps:
1. Boil water in a kettle.
2. Add 1-2 teabags (my preference is Tetley Orange Pekoe) to a teapot (for four or more people, add a third teabag).
3. Once the water has boiled, add the water to the teapot.
4. Cover the teapot with a cozy and let the tea brew for 3-5 minutes.
5. Add milk and/or sugar to cup before pouring the tea in.
6. Pour brewed tea into cup and stir with a spoon.
For an extra special touch, serve with scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam (this is best known as cream tea).
*If you do have to make tea in the cup (clearly this is the inferior option), place the teabag in the cup, add boiling water to the cup, let the tea brew, and then add the milk/sugar.
What’s your go-to beverage? If you’re a tea drinker, when is favourite time to enjoy a piping hot cuppa?
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