When you can't drink tea
I always have my cup of tea before bed and very often blog it on here, particularly if I haven’t described it before, or if I particularly enjoy it.
Today, however, I’m not feeling too healthy and I’m generally a bit bunged up and headachy, so I’m drinking Lemsip (a lemonny paracetamol-containing drink). I’d love to put it on Steepster but I don’t want this website to get clogged up with things that aren’t tea (like coffee or in this case medicine).
Instead of adding to the database I will explain here: I brewed it using boiling water and steeped the powder until it completely dissolved. It tasted very nice and I’ll be having it again, especially if I’m still feeling ill tomorrow!
What is stopping you from drinking tea today and what have you been drinking instead?
The only thing that would stop me from drinking tea is if I’m dying of thirst and only something cold will do and I don’t have any iced tea in the frige- then I go for water. Hence my New Year’s Resolution to always have iced tea made. The only other situation I can think of would be going to a place that didn’t have hot tea and my only other option would be sweetened iced tea. That’s the only tea I would refuse. But I can’t tell you what I would order in place of that because it’s never happened. If they had it, probably a glass of white wine. If they didn’t serve alcohol, probably water w/ lime no ice.
Almost every time I drink something else, it’s a personal choice- not a situation that’s out of my control. I normally have one cup of coffee a day. When I go out to eat I normally have a glass of wine w/ my meal or an alcoholic coffee drink as a dessert. But even if I do, I always drink a cup of tea before my meal.
Terribly steeped tea…I do appreciate the offer of tea but please, allow me to brew & steep the tea as I see fit…don’t squeeze that bag! Oh, how bitter…mask it with sugar?…maybe a spot of milk? … not to come across as a snob but, I am sure we have had an overbrewed cup of tea offered to us…over steeping…possibly an inferior tea that is oversteeped…that is what would stop me…(am I coming across as a snob?) ; )
I resort to coffee and cocoa on days temps struggle to get out of single digits. Looks like I may have several opportunities to do that this week! Brr!
We’re lucky to have decent tap water where I live. Occassionally, I drink fruit juice. Since I’m caffeine-dependent, if I can’t get a hold of black tea then I have cola or Excedrin (or both).
Water purifiers rock:)
I have a cold… and the house I am living in has some kind of strange feeling that makes a tea go “blah” ;) So I am drinking orange juice.
Missing my tea though…
hot cocoa is my go to beverage when i cant have tea.
Homemade hot chocolate is totally on par with tea in my book. Love me some chocolate. Otherwise, I love grapefruit juice, root beer, beer, orange juice, and sometimes I enjoy a glass of whole milk. Yum…
I didn’t make the hot chocolate myself, but check out my newest Matcha Kaze tasting note. Have you tried this tea? http://steepster.com/teas/thenecessiteas/7837-root-bear-float? There’s also this http://www.favatea.com/store/shopexd.asp?id=381. My cousin got this and a 2L bottle of carbonated water for a girl she babysits and Molly loved it.
I don’t drink this anymore, and in fact I’m pretty embarrassed to admit this.
I used to be a Mountain Dew addict.
I would bring a thermos of it to school and work and would drink it from 5:30 am up until about 5pm. I know, it’s totally disgusting. But it’s actually how I got into tea. I had become a total caffeine junkie, so I decided to switch to something that was better for you and had less caffeine.
So it’s terrible, but in a way I’m glad I became addicted because that’s how I discovered tea!
This reminds me of an old chinese saying I once heard, “better to go three days without food than one without tea.” On days that I cannot drink tea, I feel overwhelmed and off balance. The only way I can describe it is some days the only thing that can level me out is a warm cup of tea.
Sheer exhaustion from running around after my 10-week old baby is the most common thing that prevents me from drinking tea… cos I’m too anal to let anyone else make me a pot most of the time (takes too much energy to explain to them how to do it properly.) :) So in that case i mainly drink water. Cold-brewed ice tea is a lifesaver though, especially in the hot weather… increases my tea consumption markedly happy though
Veri-Tea, I personally find hot brewed iced tea more convenient because it’s ready quicker and the entire batch is ready in about the same amount that one cup would be. The only difference in the method is the amount of water you use. Just use enough to cover the leaves so they can steep properly and then add cold water after decanting. Usually this makes it cold enough for me to drink right away, at least one glass worth, then I put the rest in the fridge to chill completely. Want it colder? You have 2 options (the 1st one is my prefered) keep a supply of tea cubes in the frige to add to any beverage. To make these, simply make tea using your prefered parameters, let come to room temp, and put in ice cube trays. I especially like this method because I love mixing flavors of tea cubes and tea. Or, you can use regular ice cubes, but when steeping your tea make sure you use 2x leaf. I understand having a 10 week old baby is exhausting, and I hope my suggestion will not only save you time, but let you enjoy tea more often.=D And congrats on your blessing!