Making a Perfect Cup or Pot of Tea

Recipe by BecR2400
READY IN: 10mins
SERVES: 2
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Steps to Make Proper Cup of Tea:
  • Bring enough water to fill your teapot twice to a full, rolling boil in a kettle.
  • Bring the teapot to the kettle and fill it with the boiling water. Put the kettle back on the stove and bring it back to a full boil.
  • Let the teapot sit with the hot water in it for a moment or two to warm it up, then pour out the water.
  • Add one teaspoon of tea per cup of tea to the teapot, plus one for the pot.
  • Add the boiling water to the teapot, put the lid on and cover the teapot with a tea cozy.
  • Let the tea steep for three to five minutes.
  • Pour the tea into each cup using a tea strainer.
  • Offer guests sugar cubes (or honey) and a slice of lemon or a small serving of milk.
  • Tips for Making the "Perfect" Tea.
  • * A teapot doesn't have to be expensive, but it should be made of china or earthenware.
  • * When you pour the water over the tea in the teapot, make sure it is at a full boil.
  • * If you are using very fragile bone china, add a bit of milk to the bottom of each tea cup before pouring to reduce the shock of the heat on the fine china. In that case, don't offer lemon slices!
  • * Do not use cream in tea, always use milk.
  • * Choose fermented teas, not Asian style green teas. Some popular teas are:
  • o English Breakfast Tea (may be too strong for an afternoon tea).
  • o Earl Grey Tea, which is flavored with the rind of bergamots.
  • o Darjeeling Tea (full-bodied).
  • o Ceylon Tea (very popular).
  • o Lapsang Souchong Tea (distinctive, smoky flavor).
  • o Chamomile Tea (not caffeinated).
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