Afternoon Tea is a tradition that was started in England. As dinner times were slowly pushed back to 8:30 or 9 pm, people found themselves famished at about 5pm. So born into necessity was Afternoon Tea, which usually consisted of tea and scones with clotted cream and jam. It was a nice jolt of caffeine to keep you going and a small snack to calm the hunger monster.
However, women decided to turn their “Afternoon Teas” into a social event. They’d often send out calling cards and invite other ladies over for some tea and chat time. Who doesn’t love tea, scones and gossip?!?
The tradition continued and is still pretty common place in England however I’ve read the hype has slowed down and “Afternoon Tea” has started to fizzle a bit. I’m making a pledge here to bring back Afternoon Tea.
It is a fantastic tradition of enjoying a cuppa tea, whether by yourself or with others. It comes at the time in the day when the weight of the day is heavy on your shoulders and the prospect of finishing out the rest of the day is looming over your head. If you are one who cannot have caffeine that late in the day, enjoy an herbal blend. If you need a small boost, enjoy a cup of green or white tea, which has less caffeine than black. Eat a small healthy snack and enjoy.
Most people are going to think I am crazy by suggesting a hot cup of tea during hot weather. Try it. It isn’t as bad as you think. In fact, it is common place to consume hot beverages in other areas of the world that have a hot climate. But if you just cannot stand to do this, grab a cup of iced tea and have at it (check out our recipes for iced tea).
Please DO NOT use powdered tea mix and think you are getting real tea. IT IS NOT. Instead, treat yourself to a whole leaf experience. Not only does it taste better, but it is better for your health.
If you have an afternoon tea, take a picture and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d like to start a gallery of people who are bringing back the Afternoon Tea tradition!
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