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Since ancient times people have enjoyed the cup that cheers - Tea. This versatile, low-calorie beverage has earned a glorious heritage for itself as an inexpensive drink that both refreshes and relaxes. The reasons Indian Tea is considered the finest in the world are self-evident to those who have sampled the subtle, exquisite flavour of Darjeeling Tea or the full bodied aroma of Assam Tea, Nilgiri Tea with its bristling flagrance, is exhilarating in its own right. Try any of these teas to experience the flavours of the finest tea the world has to offer.

And it's amazing how versatile you can be with tea. From Hot Tea to Ice Tea, there lies a complete spectrum of easy-to-prepare brews to cheer your heart.
 
  Ice Tea
 
  • Take fresh water and bring to a boil.

  • Put 2 teaspoons of tea into teapot for each person to get strong brew.

  • Pour in boiling water. Cover teapot and allow to steep for at least 5 minutes.

  • Fill three-fourths of a large glass tumbler with ice-cubes. Pour tea from the teapot. Add sugar syrup and sliced lemon to taste, but no milk. You can add a spring of mint.

  • Cool for a few minutes and imbibe straight or through a straw.

 
  Lemon Tea
 
  • Add a few drops of lemon into a piping hot cup of freshly brewed tea without milk

  • Add sugar to taste and stir.

  • Sip in the goodness of tea with the richness of lemon.

 
  Tea Punch
 
  • ˝ pint strong tea

  • 6 oz. Sugar

  • ˝ pint orange squash

  • 4 tbspns. Lemon juice

  • 2 small bottles ginger ale

  • 1 large bottle lemonade

  • 1 orange, sliced

  • Put the hot tea in a bowl, add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the orange squash and lemon juice and strain. Chill. Just before serving mix in the ginger ale, lemonade and orange slices. Sufficient for 12 people.

 
  Kahwa
 

In Kashmir, tea is made in a samovar which has burning charcoal surrounding a metallic pot, and loose green tea is added to boiling water along with sugar, crushed cardamoms and almonds. For special guests, a pinch of saffron is added and the preparation is called kahwa.

 
  HOT BLACK TEA
 

Take a Tea Pot with fresh boiling water. Add one tea spoon for every cup of tea.

BREWING TIME: Tea has two main ingredients - stimulating caffeine and calming tannin. During the brewing process, caffeine is released more rapidly than tannin from the tea leaves. Therefore, shorter brewing times result in a more stimulating cup of tea and longer brewing times in a more calming one. You can make good use of this rule : if you want a wake-me-up, use a little more tea and let it steep for no more than 3 minutes. If you want it to have a calming effect instead, take less tea and let it steep for five to six minutes. Add Milk and Sugar to taste

 

The English way, is to serve bacon and eggs and les muffins a la cannelle (cinnamon) with steaming black tea, and no meal is complete without it.

In France, they like it with salty tarts, sweet cakes, fruits and prommes grenailles in which case boiled potatoes halved and spread with salmon caviar or sour cream is also served. And iced tea with a sprig of mint and a dash of pineapple is the largest craze. As proof of its popularity, numerous salons de the (ea salons) have sprung up at busy street corners and small nooks in the towns of France.

 
  DARJEELING TEA
 

Take a tea pot with fresh boiling water. Add one tea spoon of Darjeeling tea for every cup of tea. Brew for three minutes. Strain and serve with sugar as desired. Milk may be added, but it is best consumed without milk.

A good Darjeeling tea will be mellow, golden yellow and bright with a wonderful aroma and flavour.

 
  GREEN TEA
 

Green tea is essentially consumed without adding any milk, though sugar and lemon may be added to taste. Brewing time should not exceed three minutes. Normally large quantities are prepared at a time and kept in a flask. Loyal consumers drink several cups of Green tea every day.

 
  SPICE/MASALA CHAI
 

Follow the same procedure as "HOT BLACK TEA". Add a pinch of your choice of spice from Cinnamon, Clove or Cardamom in crushed powder form, and stir well.

Ginger Tea

Follow the same procedure as for "HOT BLACK TEA". Add approx half tsp (per small pot of tea) crushed ginger, while brewing.

Masala and Ginger tea should be prepared only with the CTC Variety of tea.

 
 

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