I'm a coffee drinker. I prefer it black and often. Perhaps that's why I’d never given hot tea much of a chance. As a Southern girl to the bone, I like my tea sweet and cold, with lots of ice. Still, there were times I'd give hot tea a try, but it only tasted like iced-tea warmed up. No, thanks. I didn’t like it at all.
But as fate would have it, I happen to have a beautiful cyberspace friend in gorgeous Oundle, England, and she was always raving about her tea. So, a year or two ago, I asked her what was the secret to a perfect cuppa (as they call it across the pond), and she happily shared her “recipe” with me.
Here’s how to do it:
While a kettle of water heats up, gather your ingredients:
- One special tea cup and saucer
- One nice, round Tetley tea bag
- One teaspoon of choice
- Honey (optional)
When the water boils, pour over the tea bag, filling cup about ¾ to the top.
Place saucer over cup and allow to steep at least three minutes.
After tea has steeped, squeeze tea bag and remove.
Add enough milk to make the tea the color of rich caramel.
Add 2-3 teaspoons of honey (more or less; suit your own sweet tooth) and stir well.
Sip slowly and savor the moment.
Repeat this simple pleasure as often as necessary.