Does anyone else have a slightly stinking hangover?

*raises hand*

Here is the solution: Tea.

You heard correctly, it’s those leaves in little bags you pour hot water and milk into and it magically becomes perfection liquefied (apologies to international readers, I understand that in the States it’s all about the iced tea and that in most western European countries it’s almost impossible to get a proper English Breakfast tea). However, there is so much more to the perfect cuppa then most people know. The water temperature affects the taste of the tea, sugar changes the flavour not just the sweetness, lemon enhances other scents and changes the experience entirely. I’m going to tell you a little more about the fine art of brewing in the hopes that hangovers will be well and truly bested by about 10am.

How to brew the perfect tea:

Everyone has their own preference in teabags. I am a fan of Teapigs Peppermint or any kind of Earl Grey I can lay my hands on. My mum ALSO likes Teapigs which annoys me as they are four squids a packet, but mostly she drinks your bogstandard English Breakfast as does my sister.

Here’s where it gets fun. Or slightly less boring. Maybe more, I don’t know..

After choosing your bag, steep it for the appropriate length of time for the type of tea. Here is a handy list of types and lengths of time

  • Black tea: steep for 3 minutes.
  • Green tea: 3-4 minutes.
  • Oolong: 3-6 minutes.
  • White tea: 7-9 minutes.
  • Red tea (Pu-erh): 3-7 minutes.
  • Yellow tea: 3 minutes.
  • Rooibos: 3-5 minutes.

Are you starting to get the feeling ‘tea’ isn’t even a real word anymore? We’re not done.

Whilst the tea is steeping, ALWAYS cover the top of the mug (or chosen beverage carriage) with something. A small saucer, a lid (if you’re making a whole pot), whatever. Just cover it. I noticed that in Holland when you order tea it comes in a glass mug (MIND = BLOWN) without the tea bag in and with a saucer over it. Huzzah! No more over steeped and slightly bitter tea!

Next:

There are four things you can add to the tea once the steeping is done. These are; Milk, Sugar, Lemon and vanilla essence. Vanilla essence? It sounds odd but don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it in green tea. Also it’s alcoholic, so hair of the dog might make this one a double whammy.

Milk works best in black teas, lemon in chinese teas. I like my earl grey with a little milk and a small teaspoon of sugar (adventurous I know). Please remember this for future reference.

I hope that you now know that there is more to the hangover cure than just plopping the bag in there and groaning inwardly at the thought of eating anything

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