Lilac Lime

Tea is really easy to make, but not always easy to make well. I think this is why many Americans don’t like tea; they haven’t had a good cup. Like everything in life, making tea should not be a half-assed maneuver. This doesn’t mean it takes a lot of thought or effort, but it does take some knowledge and experimentation. After all, the point is to make yourself satisfied. Take the time to figure out what that means. Be authentic. (Making someone else a cup of tea requires listening; that’s a different virtue.)

First, what do you already have? Clean water? A heating element? A pot to boil water on the element? Huzzah! You’re half-way there! Do you have small bits of a non-poisonous plant? Look waaaaay back in your cupboard for a box labeled “tea.” Any kind. Doesn’t matter. Now put the tea in a mug. Heat up your water. Pour it over the tea. Read the box for how long to steep the tea. If you don’t know, just watch the steam for a couple of minutes and contemplate life. Take out the tea. Sip the liquid.

Do you like it? If so, repeat. If not, try again. Experiment: water more or less hot, brewing time longer or shorter, cleaner mug, or your tea could be really old and gnarly and you should probably go out and buy a new box (or two or three.) Be bold! Be creative! The only person you need to satisfy is yourself; how freeing is that? (Very) How many other daily events in life do you have complete control over? (More than you think, but let’s start with tea.)

My mother said she wanted to drink more green tea because it’s good for her, but she thinks it’s bitter. I suggested some possible fixes: don’t let the water boil crazy; green tea is delicate and can be ruined easily, then steep it for just one minute. If that’s too light, go for a minute and a half. She adjusted and said it tastes better, but still not her favorite drink. And that’s ok! Green tea just happens to be in the media a lot for its health benefits, but black tea is good for ya too. And all the herbal (tisanes) have various properties. (I still want to make her a cup of green myself just to see…)

Now that it’s warmer out, I am into cold-brewing. This is even easier than making a hot cup of tea because you don’t have to worry about the temp of the water or the length of time brewing (as much.) I am currently sipping Lilac Lime tea, a once a year treat. Try it out yourself. If you like it, repeat. If not, experiment!

Lilac Lime Tea
Place a bunch of lilac flowers in a pitcher. Slice a lime and put all the pieces in. Pour cold water in. Let steep for an hour or so (not longer than two or the lilacs won’t taste good anymore.) Enjoy outside on a warm day.

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