Thursday, January 21, 2016

Downton Worthy: Anybody want some tea? Or something for a snow day?

I know that many of us have had weather, and lots of it. Today is a "snow day" for me, though how one can actually have a "snow day" without any of the white stuff is a mystery, indeed.  But it's supposed to snow later today, and I have purchased the prerequisite toilet paper, just in case.

Meanwhile, I am thinking about hot drinks. Because, you know.

My Grandma Flossie, who was from Scotland, drank tea every night after dinner. While I am more of a coffee drinker (who am I kidding? If I could get caffeine intravenously, I would. But it has to be hot and black, none of these wussie-girl frappucinos or what have you. That's a waste of good coffee that I could be drinking, people. Have some compassion!), I do occasionally like a nice cup of hot tea.

Here's the way my grandma taught me to make it:

1. Get the teapot out of the cabinet. This is the teapot I inherited--it's a Brown Betty by Sadler and Sons. You can read about it here.

Then, you put the kettle on, but you DO NOT BOIL the water. You just get it really hot.

Then, with a little of the hot water, you rinse out the teapot to get it warm. (Plus, if you're me, you get the bonus of getting the dust out, just in case that teapot has been sitting awhile because you prefer coffee.)

One of the reasons I drink mostly coffee is because loose tea tends to be expensive. But honestly? It is SO MUCH BETTER than tea bags. I am not even joking. I will buy little tiny packets of loose tea when I can find them. I put them into my tea strainer (mine is a spring-loaded one, which I like because the catch can't come loose) and then pour the hot water over it. Then I put the strainer in the pot for just a few moments. I put the lid on the Betty, and pour myself some tea. (I take mine black, like (If Airplane is your favorite movie, you'll get the joke. If you've never seen Airplane, your education has been sadly neglected.)

I will not lie to you, however, so I will disclose that I normally use a tea bag. I prefer Red Rose, but it's hard to find in North Carolina, where they drink their tea cold with approximately 38 pounds of sugar in it.

Now, if you're snowed in (like I'm supposed to be tomorrow), you may want something to help you get through the first season of Making a Murderer (for which there are no words, peeps, except perhaps 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot') or, in my case, deal with a cat who wants to 'help' me on the computer.

This includes the hot cocoa of your choice, and

a little Irish. I like Bailey's, but there are other good brands out there.

I warm the Bailey's (which I keep refrigerated after opening) in my mug in the microwave for just a moment, then stick it under the Keurig and fill it up! (It'll warm the cockles of your heart, friends.)

(I just said 'cockles.')

There's another hot drink we like, which is hot apple cider (also for the Keurig) and Fireball whiskey, but I'm out and need to pick some up at the liquor store.

I guess I'd better get there before I get snowed in.


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

cockles... haha.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Okay, do you recommend watching Making A Murderer? I started but got distracted by a million and one Etsy shop orders - but should I resume?

Kathleen George said...

Getting your priorities right, hot drinks with a bit of Baileys and Fireball (cinnamon! With tea when you have a cold). Stay safe and warm during your blizzard.
Kathleen in Az

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate with Baileys..yum. Snow days indeed!

Art and Sand said...

We need to start watching Making of a Murderer. We saw the women who made the series on Trevor Noah and is sounds great. And, that I can watch on Netflix!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

This post warms the cockles of my heart :-). I like all of the above hot drinks minus the liquor (my poor head can't take it). I never ever drink tea first thing in the morning. That is when I need my strong cup of coffee as the first thing in my stomach of the day. Tea is for in between time when I am cold. Decaf coffee is for after dinner. Funny how we have our methods. I use a tea bag and drink it black. It is really good with some cream, once in awhile!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Lots of giggling going on here....but I do take cream in my coffee and in my Earl Grey. You'd better replenish your supply of Fireball before it's sold know the booze is the first thing to go in an emergency weather situation.

Andrea said...

Heeheehee...dusty teapot! Have you tried the salted caramel or cinnamon Bailey's? Just some thoughts for future snow days! I will happily send you Red Rose, btw!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

You are hilarious! I love coffee but chai tea comes in a close second. I hope you enjoyed your snow days.... we had a little freezing rain... nothing really but the schools were still closed.

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