Start with high-quality tea, and make sure it is fresh. Loose whole-leaf tea is a great way to go. There are also a myriad of varieties, so be sure to experiment until you find one you love.
Fill a kettle or pot with fresh cold water and bring it to a rolling boil. To ensure that you get the most flavor from your tea, you must boil the water.
Put 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves (using an infuser basket or tea filter) or 1 teabag per cup into a teapot. Pour the boiling water over the leaves or bag into the teapot. Cover and let the tea steep for three to five minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove the leaves or teabags from the pot. Whatever you do, don't squeeze the tea bags – this tends to make the tea bitter.
Pour into cups, serve with milk, honey, lemon and/or sugar and enjoy. Nothing goes better with afternoon tea than some fantastic and simple tea sandwiches such as cucumber mint, goat cheese and watercress, salmon and dill or egg salad. Be sure to follow up with some delicious petit fours.
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