January is National Hot Tea Month

Welcome to my House ! Would you like Coffee or Tea? I have a collection of both. And depending on time of day I might be drinking any of them. In the morning it’s usually Coffee ,Ice Tea and Hot Tea in that order . For my son it’s only Hot tea only which he loves with Honey. I always serve my tea in my Grandma china cups with a touch of honey or sugar . But do you know how to make a perfect Cup of Tea ?

How to Get That Perfect Cup of Tea

  • To make a tea stronger, don’t steep it for longer. Unless it’s an herbal, steeping a tea for too long will make it bitter rather than strong. Instead, add more tea leaves or bags!
  • As a general rule, use one level teaspoon or 2 grams for every cup (8 oz) you’re making. Fluffier ingredients like mint and chamomile, or teas with larger leaves like green tea or oolong could use an extra teaspoon.
  • Tea bag teas are usually one per cup (8 oz) of tea, though you can always double-up when you want it stronger!
  • Spring water is ideal for brewing, but not necessary for making a good cup of tea. If possible, use fresh cold water. Never use water from the hot water tap. Let the tap water run for a few seconds until it is quite cold; this ensures that the water is aerated (full of oxygen) to release the full flavor of the tea leaves.
  • Try not to let your water reach a rolling boil, as that will release oxygen and result in a flat-tasting cup of tea.
  • If brewing with loose leaf tea, there are several different types of infusers available; sometimes you’ll need to experiment a little until you find the perfect one for you.
  • Many teas are good for a second (even third!) steeping. Multiple steepings can bring out more subtle flavors and notes. Commonly, oolong, green tea, white tea and pu-erh fall into this category. Give it a shot—you might end up liking the second infusion better than the first!


If a tea doesn’t taste quite right the first time around, experiment with changing the steeping time, water temperature, and tea amount until you find the flavor you enjoy.https://www.stashtea.com/blogs/education/81153347-how-to-brew-tea


Yixing clay  Tea Pots :

My favorite Teas run from Earl Grey, Jasmine and oloong. My hubby and Son likes the black tea that are strong and robust. Whatever your choice you need a tea pot and yes ! I have a collection here’s a great guide to Chinese Tea pots http://www.thechineseteashop.com/how-to-choose-teapot.html

My hubby buys them for me for special occasions and They are not only pretty on a shelf but useful. And Yes ! I use them Lisa

Tea Drinkers ! Favorite Tea or Blend ??

Winter Polar Bear with Hot Spiced Tea

I am celebrating Winter in my Festival of Holiday’s with this cute Polar Bear card  as the center piece. The instant download stamp is from : from Craftin Desert Divas

 

Decorated in pastel colors and highlighted with gold stores and paper snowflakes  this is the perfect winter card. Lisa 

 

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So what is in the polar bears cup ? Hot Spiced Tea 

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Hot Spiced Tea 

  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 2 tea bags
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 can frozen orange juice
  • juice 3 lemons (1/3 C)

1 quart Water,2 tea bags,cinnamon and cloves in pot and bring to Boil. Let simmer and Strain. Add 1 quart of water,sugar,orange juice and lemon juice _ heat and serve .