I have always loved tea, from childhood on. We always had tea in our house, loose leaf and the teabag kind. I am not just talking black tea either, but also herbal tea. Peppermint, chamomile, and rosehip were my favorite at a very young age. And no, I did not add any sugar, strangely enough.
When I was a teenager, my best friend at the time introduced me to tea shops and the flavored black teas they sold. When others our age spent money on makeup, clothes, and hair products; we spent it on tea. One step inside one of these shops with the enticing smells and I was hooked. It still is one my favorite memories.
Now, I create my own concoctions and even steep things that aren’t considered tea. I put several tea bags of different flavors into one cup (like chamomile and lemon), slice up some ginger, and throw in a cinnamon stick for good measure. Yes, that makes very strong tea and no, I still do not put honey in (nor any other sweetener). Oh, I love honey, but I think it is wasted in tea. I eat it by the spoonful instead, especially when I have a sore throat.
It’s the one thing I look forward to when the weather turns damp and chilly – a nice, hot cup of tea. Well, on those days it’s more like a whole pot of it.