Tea, water and coffee have been a big staple for me, in lockdown. Recently I wanted to step up my tea game, since all I have access to is cheap teabags. After some careful searching I think I came up with a pretty great way to kick your tea up a notch. Try it out and tell me what you think! Next up I’m going to try and step up my coffee game, so if anyone knows any good methods, send them my way!
- Tea bag or loose leaf black tea
- honey or sugar
- milk or cream
- Any variety of spices (I’ve been using pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and black pepper)
- Two mugs, or heat-proof glasses
- Fine mesh strainer (you could also use a coffee filter paper)
Boil some water. While it’s heating up, add your loose tea, honey or sugar, milk or cream and spices into one of your mugs. Stir to combine. I recommend going heavy on the tea, but easy on the spices. A few dashes of each is all you will need. When you water is just about to boil, take it off the heat and pour into the mug with the tea mixture. Let it steep for 5 minutes. Then, using your fine strainer, pour the liquid into your second mug. Don’t worry if you didn’t get every single piece of tea, you can strain it again in a second. Here’s the best part. What you need to do now is aerate your tea. This will make it smoother, richer, and creamier. To do this, pour the liquid back and fourth between the two mugs. You’ll want to do it kind of hard (not just a gentle pour, really sling that liquid around) so I highly recommend doing this over the sink. Using wider-mouthed mugs will make this easier, but it’s not impossible with small mugs. Once you’ve done that half a dozen times, you’re good to go (after you wipe up any spills). Strain a second time if need-be. Enjoy!