Hot Tea January
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You're Invited to a Tea party!!
I've always drunk tea since I was a kid. Never really liked the flavor of coffee except once or twice.
Those 2 time I 'cheated' was after 9/11 I raised some money and a friend of the family knew one of the firehouses that lost the most guys so we donated there. They invited us in for coffee & cookies. I forgot what it was I think mom said something that I don't like tea, but I said I'd try the coffee. When they say firemen make good coffee they are not kidding! Surprise I gave the guy a big compliment. I ended up asking for another cup & mom was surprised & told him That's is a compliment! The 2nd time was I think someone made some sort of Starbucks coffee, which was good other than that I never liked the smell or taste.
Aside from that little inside look, I'm a tea freak! I went from regular tea with sugar or sweetener to being spoiled with drinking flavored tea. I cannot drink regular tea now without at least having lemon or maple syrup in it, or even lemon & some VO whiskey.
I also love those flavored Coffee creamers as well like Bailey's I currently have Golden Cheesecake flavor. But the REAL star of this lens FLAVORED tea.
I started drinking flavored teas when I started to pen pal (yes original Snail mailing) with my Pal Cindy in Italy. We started to exchange flavored teas and one of them was banana flavored. All I'll say is I wish I could find more! It's like throwing out chum for a shark!
I just wish being as my favorite chocolate is Godiva and they have their own Hot Cocoa & coffee, WHY NOT their own Chocolate tea?
So here for you, I have included some of my favorite flavors, and brands, as well as the various ways to drink teas & some other tea lovers supplies.
I am currently working on page 2 to sort out and organize the page (hopefully for the better)
January Is National HOT TEA MONTH
invite friends to a tea party
Treat yourself to a gourmet tea
Try a new flavor
Tea party Guide
Benefits of teas
Cream or no
How to make tea - Instructions
I won't even say a word if you are reading this & do not actually know how to make tea.
I will say though I do like my tea in a variety of ways mostly flavored Herbs, Fruits, berries even Lady Grey tea & others like that.
Sadly one of my favorite tea brands is hard to find here (well the flavors I look for) twinings.
Also, I use loose tea as well so you need an infuser for that.
- boil water
- while water boils....
put in tea (bag) (or put loose tea in infuser & put in a cup)
- put your preferred amount of sweetener substitute or sugar in a cup
- water all boiled???
Pour water over tea
- let steep for 5 minutes (for Green tea 1-2 minutes otherwise the tea gets bitter)
(you can dunk the bag or infuser if you like a few times as well)
- if like me you need it to cool it off faster, throw in a couple of ice cubes & drink
Regarding Preference poll
How do you drink it?
ingenuiTEA tea pot
My aunt gave me one. I LOVE Flavored teas including loose so I guess that's one reason why.
So after spending some time at her house when she dropped me back at mine, We had tea & I tried this out for myself.
All you have to do is boil the water first (not in this)
Keep in mind the one I have is 16oz (or 450 ml)
Throw in the preferred amount of tea a little or a lot (light or strong... in the top & don't forget you steep it for 1-5 minutes. (I made the mistake thinking it held more than it does, & put in too many tea leaves plus it steeped at least 5 minutes if not more & therefore it was too strong)
I don't really see the point in a 16 oz when I can just use my loose tea strainer, more than 16 ounces I can understand.
I think when you buy the bigger side it would be more worth it then you'll have a couple cups, & can even make it iced tea, just don't put the ingenuiTEA on top of anything other than your cup as when you do it automatically pours for you (no pouring through the lid!) The one I got even came with an Artisan Black tea of Roobios Vanilla to try.
I made another batch (haven't drank it yet, but when you are done with the tea leaves... you can always lay them out (if lavender or jasmine etc aromatic type) and reuse as potpourri!
1 Lump or 2
January Food quest nominee FAVORITE
Etiquette of afternoon tea
What is your favorite type of tea
History of Tea & Tea Lovers supplies
My Favorite Flavors & Brands
If I want Plain Tea its Tetley. The Tetley I usually will use one of those flavored creamers in, or I put some maple syrup or Lemon. When I'm sick I make my own 'medicine' and make the tea as usual only add a little honey (I don't like honey) some lemon, as well as I, think its a shot of VO Whiskey. (Or you can use Absinthe if they sell it in your area, but best to just take a shot of that! That ALONE will kick & knock the sick out of you! I'm sure it could be used as Rocket Fuel!)
otherwise, I like Stash Twinings Tazo & Bigelow
Stash Gojiberry Jasmine blossom green tea to name a couple specifics