A few favourite hot teas

A few favourite hot teas

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Mowie Kay

For years I have been trying to wean myself off my builder’s tea habit, but it wasn’t until I started experimenting with citrus and tea that I managed to limit it. The classic of course is highly perfumed Earl Grey with a slice of lemon – I like this with a slice of orange instead – but you can create any combination you like at home if you have a selection of different teas and some dried aromatics. Add dried citrus peel, fresh leaves or blossoms to your tea, either by putting it in the same caddy as the tea to infuse, or adding it at the same time as the water.

Moroccan mint and lemon verbena tea

Ingredients

Method

  1. Pour some boiling water into a teapot and swirl it round just to warm. Pour out. Put a teaspoon of green tea in the teapot with a few fresh mint leaves and a few fresh or dried lemon verbena leaves and add just-boiled water. Leave to steep for a few minutes, then serve with honey or sugar cubes to sweeten.

Black tea with orange blossom and orange

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
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Method

  1. This tea is served up in Sally Butcher’s Peckham café and Aladdin’s cave, Persepolis. For each person, use a teaspoon of black tea and add a teaspoon of dried orange blossoms. Steep until the tea is the strength you like. Serve with a slice of orange, another pinch of orange blossom and honey to taste.
  2. This is also lovely cold-brewed and is very refreshing on a hot day. Put a teaspoon of black or white tea in a bottle with a piece of dried orange zest and a teaspoon of orange blossom flowers. Leave for several hours or overnight then strain and serve in glasses over ice.

Bush tea

Ingredients

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Method

  1. This is a tea we used to make as a bedtime digestive when I lived in the Caribbean. It’s made with lemongrass, or citronella as it is called by the locals. Simply steep muddled lemongrass and lime leaves in freshly boiled water. In winter I will add a pinch of turmeric to this, as well as a sliver of cinnamon stick and a couple of allspice berries. Warming.
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