Today is a rainy day here in Pennsylvania and there’s nothing I enjoy more than hot tea on a rainy day…or cold day…or really any day! I am a HUGE tea drinker and love it in so many forms. Today’s post is going to touch on my favorite types of tea and the ways I drink them (why yes, there are different ways to prepare tea!). I hope this post gives you some inspiration for your own tea.
1 – Earl Grey
Earl Grey tea has been a favorite of mine for years. I think it was the first tea I ever drank. Those of you who like Earl Grey or know what it tastes like, I drank with black the first time and LOVED it. I still like to curl up with a warm cup of Earl Grey tea, but my favorite preparation is a little bit different. I make a latte with it! I take a shaker (for when you mix protein) and fill it about ¾ of the way with water and the tea bag. I put it in the microwave for about a minute, so the tea diffuses better (I have tried diffusing the tea in cold water and it does not work as well). I then mix the tea bag around, so it fully diffuses in the water and then remove the tea bag. The rest I adjust depending on what I am feeling. I’ll add skim milk and about a spoonful of sugar. I finish it off with ICE if it is hot or I add a bit more hot water if I want it to warm me up. This is by far my favorite tea drink right now.
I typically drink this tea at work as it keeps me warm in the ice box that is my office. I also drink this tea when my stomach is upset or when I am getting sick. It is a comfort tea for me. I drink it plain, no sugar or cream.
I drink this tea at work when I’m freezing cold and want to feel cozy and warm. I add one sugar and lots of cream. I will also do this with any black tea at work. I don’t like to drink it black, though I used to when I first started out. Now, the creamier the better! I’ll drink that at home too in the winter when I’m not in the mood for hot chocolate.
This is the perfect tea for the spring and summer. A co-worker of mine bought the loose tea for me as a housewarming present when the Hunky Engineer and I bought our house! She also bought me the cutest diffusing mug to drink the tea in at work. There is a bag version as well, but the loose tea is just a million times better! She also has a cucumber mint tea and it is divine for summer – so refreshing!
And that’s it! I have tried lots of different tea over the past year at my job and I love almost every single kind I try. These are my favorites right now! I’m sure next year they will change, and I’ll have a whole new post for you. Happy sipping!