1 tbsp of loose leaf tea of your choice
1 cup filtered water
1-2 tbsp rock sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
Tea kettle (or saucepan)
Let's get started!
Step 1: Boil Water
Note: Each tea has a different recommended brewing time and temperature, but this mostly serves as a loose guideline.
I have found boiling water, or heating a tea kettle until steam releases, and letting it sit for 2-3 minutes afterwards generally works well across all tea types.
(Don't get scared! We mostly just want to avoid burning the tea... And we will.)
Step 2: Measure Loose Leaves and Pour Into Strainer
Note: Most tea strainers cost less than $5 USD. If you do not have a strainer, try using a cheese cloth.
Step 3: Pour Water Over Leaves and Let Sit for 5 Minutes
Let sit for 5-6 minutes, or until desired flavor is reached. Tea will darken, become more flavorful and more aromatic as it sits.
Step 4: Remove Strainer and Add Sugar
Add 1-2 tbsp of rock sugar. The thick bits of sugar will slowly dissolve, creating a sweet flavor in every sip.
Note: White sugar, honey, maple syrup, cream or milk can be substituted or used in addition to the rock sugar. We all have a sweet tooth, so use as much or as little as you wish.