Welcome to Friendship Tea, a blog about the daily happenings in the life of Linda, a tea enthusiast, who enjoys travel and trip planning, and is passionate about family, friends, life in Kentucky, and all things TEA.
My Saturday morning tea time is a little more relaxed than the rest of the week, but the tea accoutrements and the ritual are the same. I've used various electric tea kettles for about 15 years. I like this Chef's Choice® because the handle is on the side and not on the top. I bring fresh, drawn, cold water to a rolling boil. We are very fortunate to have great tasting, good quality tap water! After warming my 2-cup Brown Betty Chatsford teapot with hot water, I measure 2 spoons of my favorite blend of morning tea, Elmwood Inn Fine Tea's Mayor's Cup described as "a classic blend of single estate black teas from Ceylon, Darjeeling and Assam", into the infuser basket using the "1 cup of perfect tea" measuring spoon. I pour the boiling water in the teapot and turn over the "perfect tea timer" with individual timers for 3, 4 and 5 minutes. Instructions on the back of the Mayor's Cup tin say to brew 3 - 5 minutes, or to taste, and remove the tea leaves to prevent over brewing. If I'm lucky, the phone doesn't ring to interrupt this delightful ceremony, and I brew my perfect pot of tea for 3 minutes. Ahh..sip, savor and enjoy!
When the world is all at odds And the mind is all at sea Then cease the useless tedium And brew a cup of tea. There is magic in its' fragrance, There is solace in its' taste; And then laden moments vanish Somehow into space. And the world becomes a lovely thing! There's beauty as you'll see; All because you briefly stopped To brew a cup of tea. ~ Source unknown
"Friendship Tea Recipe" ~~ 1/2 cup instant tea, 1 cup sweetened lemonade mix, 1 cup Tang, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a an airtight container. To serve, put 2 to 3 tsp. mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of boiling water. Adjust amount of mix to taste. Enjoy!