One might think that making a cup of tea is one of the simplest things on the planet, however, there's a lot of components that go into making the ideal cup of tea. From steeping time, to concentration of tea leaves, this guide will up your tea game.
First off- The Water
In ancient mythology water has been the base of life. In the art of tea, making water is the base of a relaxing cup of tea.
Boil the water and remove it from heat when your tea pot starts to whistle the tune of tea time. Boiling the water before the tea allows it to soak through the tea leaves and concentrate the water to change its color and taste.
Then picking the tea! ( the fun part!!)
I’ve included 5 of my favorites!
Peppermint- peppermint is a cooling tea that soothes a headache.
Green tea- This mild tea is known for helping clear your skin and improve your complexion.
Ginger- Ginger tea is often referred to as the best tea for soothing an upset stomach. Its mild sweet spicy taste adds a nice zing to your taste buds.
Licorice- Licorice tea is a personal favorite of mine because of its incredible soothing properties for a sore throat and stuffy nose, its sweet taste is like a gentle drop of nectar that washes over the irritation of a sore throat.
Camomile- This gentle tea is a very common resource for finding your ultimate calm.
Once you have your tea bag picked out, its time for steeping. In almost all teas I have made, I’ve found that steeping your cup of tea for 4-5 minutes is ideal. There is some tea that requires more or less time than that, such as green tea which only needs 2-3 minutes. As a rule of thumb it’s always best to check the packaging for the time.
Next, pour your tea in your favorite mug and cover while steeping. Then uncover and enjoy!
Story by Olive Donochod