Brewing a Pot of Tea

Whether you're planning a special Afternoon Tea Party and want to impress your friends, or you simply love a good cup of tea yourself, here's the proper way to brew and serve a pot of tea:

1. Fill teapot with hot tap water to warm it up prior to adding tealeaves and boiling water.
2. Fill teakettle with fresh, cold, non-distilled water.
3. Place kettle on stove and bring to boil.
4. Just before kettle begins to boil, pour water from teapot and add one teaspoon tea leaves per cup to pot, plus an additional teaspoon 'for the pot'.
5. Remove kettle from heat right after it comes to a boil, and pour 6 ounces per cup into teapot.
6. Let tea steep 3 - 7 minutes depending on desired strength.
7. While tea steeps, ask a close friend to "do the honors" by serving the tea to your other guests.
8. Add cold, whole milk, or lemon to teacups depending on preference of guests.
9. Pour tea into cups using a strainer to catch loose leaves.
10. Enjoy!

Tips: For easy entertaining, host a Tea Party with assorted tea sandwiches and other goodies. Use a ceramic teapot rather than metal. Metal can affect the taste of the tea, and will cool the water more quickly. Keep boiling water available for second cups, to dilute tea that becomes strong while sitting in teapot.

The hot water is to remain upon it (the tea) no longer than whiles you can say the The Misere Psalm very leisurely.

Sir Kenelm Digby (1603-1665

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