The Hindu

Darjeeling Honey Tea


One Sunday morning, after some hectic paperback-browsing at Oxford Bookshop on Kolkata’s Park Street, I felt it was the perfect time to walk down to Flury’s patisserie for a cup of Darjeeling black tea. As I sat sipping the tea, my mind travelled back to the 18th century when Darjeeling black tea was the preferred brew of the British colonials. Back home, I decided to give a healthy twist to the famous tea, and added a dollop of honey. Darjeeling honey tea is known to be packed with anti-oxidant polyphenol­s like theaflavin­s as well as flavonol glycosides. Polyphenol­s help lower cholestero­l, control blood pressure and even help fight cancer. Besides, the addition of honey to this tea helps prevent throat infection and enhances the anti-oxidant properties of Darjeeling black tea. 3 minutes

5 minutes 2 servings

2 teaspoons full of Lipton’s Darjeeling Leaf Black Tea; 2 cups of just-boiled water and 2 teaspoons of honey.

Warm a heat-proof glass teapot by rinsing it with a little warm water. Next, add the tea leaves to the teapot. Pour over the just-boiled water. Cover and brew the tea for two minutes. Add the honey and stir. Cover the pot and brew again for three minutes. Finally, strain the tea into cups and serve immediatel­y.

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