How to Make English Tea
Making a great cup of English tea is easier than most people realize. All you need is some tea and boiling water. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Step 1: Boil the Water
Bring some fresh, cold water to a full, rolling boil. Don’t use water that has been boiled more than once. It will not have the same flavor as freshly-boiled water. If you’re using a traditional teapot, make sure it’s heated first by pouring a bit of boiling water into it and swirling it around before pouring it out.
Step 2: Measure the Tea
Using a teaspoon for measuring, add 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup of tea to your teapot or cup or mug. Generally speaking, you should use 2 grams of tea leaves for every 6 ounces of water. You can also use a teabag if you prefer.
Step 3: Steep the Tea
Add the just-boiled water to your teapot or cup. Allow the tea to steep for 3-5 minutes to extract the desired flavor. If you’re using a teabag, steep for 3 minutes.
Step 4: Add Milk or Lemon (Optional)
To make a traditional cup of English tea, you can add a bit of milk to taste or a slice of lemon if you prefer. You may also add sugar or honey. I recommend adding the milk first and then the sweetener to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the cup.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Once the tea is brewed to your preferred strength, you can begin sipping and enjoying your cup of English tea. Enjoy!
Tips for Making the Perfect Cup of English Tea
- Choose quality tea: Ultimately, the quality of your tea will determine the flavor of your cup, so make sure to buy high-quality leaves. Look for organic, sustainably-grown varieties.
- Pay attention to the temperature of the water: Boiling water that is too hot may scald the tea, resulting in a bitter flavor. Make sure your water is at the correct temperature for the type of tea you are using.
- Find the brewing time that’s right for you: Brewing time can greatly affect the flavor of your tea, so experiment with different times to find that perfect cup.
- Experiment with different varieties: There are hundreds of types of tea, each with its own distinct flavor. Try out different varieties to find your favorite.