Lavender Tea

This has been an extremely wet and cold spring. In years past, vegetable plots would be sprouting and flower beds a riot of colors by this time. Not so this year. Most people are still huddled indoors. Even the crocuses, daffodils, and tulips are out later than usual. While April showers bring May flowers, showers in May will drown the flowers. :cry:

The perfect antidote to inclement weather is to curl up with a good book and cup of tea. Use your favorite mug or treat yourself to that pretty antique teacup, which ever suits your fancy. There is no reason why pretty china should only be reserved for guests. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these moments of serenity. The sun will eventually emerge and there should be time enough to tend to the garden. If nothing else, tea will help you keep a stiff upper lip against that beastly weather outside. ;)



Lavender is calming and soothing. Combined with tea, it is a real treat for the senses. This delicious and fragrant tea was adapted from The Pleasures of Tea and is a perfect with my Lavender Almond Cookies.

Lavender Tea

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6** teacups

Lavender Tea

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoon Darjeeling tea
  • ½ tsp dried culinary lavender
  • 3 cups (24oz/720ml) boiling water (using standard 8oz measuring cup)
  • Honey (optional)

Instructions

Warm up the teapot by pouring in boiling water until half full. Set aside for 3 to 4 minutes. Discard the water.

Gently crush lavender to release fragrance. Put into tea infuser together with tea leaves. Place infuser into teapot. Pour in boiling water and let steep for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove infuser and serve tea with honey on the side.

Notes

**English teacups have a capacity of about 5 to 6 oz while American teacups can hold up to 7 or 8 oz.

http://www.rotinrice.com/2011/05/lavender-tea/


A tea warmer or tea cozy is a perfect companion to the teapot in colder weather. It adds to the cozy feeling while keeping the tea warm for a longer period of time. This tea warmer uses a standard tea light which burns for about 4 hours.



This is one of several fully reversible tea cozies I made during my pre-blogging days.



Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8)



37 Responses

  1. There’s nothing like a cup of your favourite tea for any kind of weather! I love tea! Your tea cozy looks lovely, I couldn’t help noticing the bee picture on the cozy and the beehive container with the spoon! Really cute and charming!

  2. Marelie says:

    Your post is very lovely..its calming and soothing!I wish Im having tea right now.Have a great weekend

  3. Another rainy day – so this would be perfect. I love your tee cozy!

  4. Nasi Lemak Lover says:

    This tea must be very fragrance, love your cute tea warmer.

  5. I love tea, and got a new tea pot. I love the way you made yours. I love your tea cozy too.

  6. Joanne says:

    This lavender tea sounds so refreshing!

  7. Jill Colonna says:

    Biren, I’ve never tried lavender tea before. I put it in macarons, financiers, chocolate cake but never thought about putting it in tea! This sounds just wonderful.

  8. Tiffany says:

    Beautiful photos! It’s been a SUPER wet spring here (pretty warm though)… I am drinking peppermint tea and … wearing lavender oil! I wish I had a cup of your tea!

  9. Anncoo says:

    Biren, I bought some dried lavender sometime ago and still sitting in my cupboard. I’m going to make tea soon… ;D
    Thanks for sharing and your lovely pics :)
    Have a nice weekend :)

  10. What a very comforting tea and wonderful tea warmer & cozy, Biren!
    Thanks for sharing it with us…
    Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

  11. I love tea, but usually just oolong and puer teas…should try to drink more flora tea.

  12. flavourful delicious tea

  13. I love your china! It’s so perfect to hold a fancy tea such as this

  14. tigerfish says:

    It’s going to get rainy here next week…:(

    I have some lavender with me, I can try to make this when I get the chance.

  15. Reeni says:

    I know what you mean – it’s going to rain for the next week here! I can’t think of anything better than to curl up with a cup of tea! Lavender is one that I never had.

  16. rebecca says:

    looks great may go to a lavender farm today and make it :-)

  17. This tea sounds so fragrant Biren! I just went to a tea infused dessert workshop and I can think of so many things this would go great with!

  18. Faith says:

    We have been having our share of cold, damp weather here too…and this frangrant tea sounds perfect! And I love your pretty teacup, Biren!

  19. Tea to me is such a comfort measure. I can only imagine the effect of a calming tea like lavendar

  20. You had me at “tea” :) You know how I feel about this stuff. Not only do I love the addition of the lavender to your tea, but I adore that seashell tea cup you served it in! I am planning on doing another Tea Week this year (hopefully soon) but am in the process of TRYING to find a fun prize to giveaway. I’m unemployed (still no luck in that department) so I can’t afford to buy something myself, but if you have any fun ideas or thoughts on companies I can contact, please let me know :) Definitely brainstorming…

    • Biren says:

      That’s a Belleek cup and saucer and I absolutely adore it too. :) Looking forward to your Tea Week. I will email you when I think of something.

  21. Hi Biren! Lavender tea sounds so nice, especially before going to bed. And a couple of comments on non-food stuff… I LOVE your teapot and the candle thing on the bottom (how you call this?). Absolutely in love. And…will you do a giveaway of your handmade tea cover thing??? LOL. They are so cute and I can’t believe (well actually I CAN believe) you made this. You are totally multi-talented! I’ve been seen at tea houses but now I’m on a mission to find a cute one for my tea pot!

    • Biren says:

      Nami, lavender tea is very calming and soothing and is good tea for the evening. :) That stand with tea light is a tea warmer. It is very pretty in the evenings because the light from the candle will extend through the point of each of those petals. I should have taken a picture of it at night so that you can see what I mean. As for the tea cozy, do stay tuned…..

  22. Lyndsey says:

    Hi Biren,

    I love the tea cozy it’s so cute, and you are so talented! Isn’t is funny how much time we had in our “pre-blogging” days? :)

    I have some lavender in my cupboard too, I used some in my Herbs de Provence recipe. This is a good idea for tea. Thanks!!

    • Biren says:

      Thanks Lyndsey! Sewing is my other hobby. :) Yes, food blogging does take up a lot of time and energy. Apart from the writing, there is the cooking and of course the photography. Although I only do 3 posts a week, I feel like I am constantly working on my posts.

      This is a good cup of tea to calm those frazzled blogging nerves. ;)

  23. Lavender is a favorite of mine and I as well find it to be so comforting :) Beautiful tea recipe…

  24. Dominica L says:

    Hi Biren

    I like your tea cozy, it is very beautiful. You are so talented. By following you in Facebook,
    and look at your food photos plus nice decoration of the food. It really inspire me to cook more.

    • Biren says:

      Thanks Dominica for visiting and for the kind words. I am glad to hear that you have been inspired to cook more. Homecooked food really is the best! :)

  25. Guin R says:

    I will be trying this very soon. I’ve had lavender tea in a sachet before and really enjoyed the taste.

  26. Suzanne Hanley says:

    Your shots are beautiful with great composition, not to mention the wonderful tea cozy among other things.

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