Tea is the quintessential British drink, I venture to say. There's nothing I like so much as the idea of afternoon tea, reviving yourself after a hard day of writing letters and walking the estate by taking on a pot of tea and a selection of cakes and sandwiches.
There has been many recipes over the years on how to make the best cup of tea, and I'm sure that they are all very good. But allow me to put forward my method:
One - Kettle on
Don't fill it up too much, or you'll be waiting forever.
Two - Teabag in a mug
The choice of teabag shows your social standing. If you're using square teabags, you're salt of the earth. Pyramid ones are for those aspiring to the aristocracy. Everyone else has a decent round teabag.
Three - When the kettle boils, fill the mug about 75% full
Not too full! You can always put a splash in later if needed.
Four - Milk in
Don't even think about telling me that the milk should go in first.
Five - Sugar if required, otherwise, stir to a good colour
The right cup of tea should be a decent beige colour, not quite brown, but heading that way. White is a no-no.
Six - Drink it!
Ideally accompanied with a rich tea, digestive (even though you have to bite the edge of it before you can dip it in your mug), or a Chocolate Oreo if you're just a crazy fool who likes living life on the edge.
Tea - how do you take yours? Drop me a line in the comments :)