Please join me for a cup of homemade mint tea!
A couple of months ago I read an article in Tea Time magazine about making your own tea from backyard herbs. I thought I would try it; even though I'm not a fan of tisanes.
One of my goals as a blogger is to expand my palate as a tea drinker. I definitely prefer black teas but realize there are so many amazing tastes and health benefits from other types of teas.
(Excuse the background for the photos. Today is a dreary dark day with very poor lighting in almost every room...except the kitchen.)
It is an Aynsley teacup from England. I really like the white of the outer cup and dramatic curved handle.
A swag of bouquets of flowers repeats itself on the saucer and inner cup.
Many of you know I adore teacups with designs in the inner cup. I know others who prefer not to have any designs inside the cups. Do you have a preference?
1934-1950s marked Backstamp
Anysley is still in existence in Stoke-on-Trent, England. They currently are famous for their gold and platinum etched designs.
Aynsley Retail Store: photo from Aynsley website
The Aynsley website states there are factory tours, a coffee shop and a retail outlet on site. I don't know if I would have the self control to be in a store like this one.
Mint Tea Recipe
This is really not a recipe but a "procedure."
1. Pull four to five stems' worth of mint leaves.
2. Slightly crush leaves to release oils.
3. Place leaves in an infuser or loose in a teapot.
4. Pour boiling water over the mint and let steep 3-7 minutes depending on how strong you want your tea.
~Add sugar or honey, if desired.
The article "A Garden Steeped in Tradition" can be found in the March/April 2015 issue of Tea Time magazine. The author suggests many other herbs which produce a nice herbal tea.
Overall the tea tasted better than I thought it would. I would prefer peppermint over spearmint. I steeped my tea for five minutes and the tea was quite hearty and rich in color. Good choice of tea for an upset stomach.
Have a great tea week and thank you for all of your wonderful comments last week on my Paris post!