Three Popular Recipe For Lemon Black Tea

Published: Sunday 15 October, 2017

  The tangy taste of lemon is the perfect accompaniment to the sublime flavour of a subtle red or black tea . It is a deceptively simple recipe, and as deceptively simple recipes go, it is an easy one to ruin too.
  If you’re looking for the perfect cup of lemon black tea to sip on a balmy evening, our tried and tested recipes might just help you. 

Lemon Black Tea with Cinnamon

Serves 6

Ingredients:
Water 6 cups
Black tea 1 tbsp
Sugar to taste
Cinnamon 1 stick
Lemon 1, thinly sliced. Extra for garnish

Recipe :
Take a large teapot. Add the tea leaves, cinnamon stick, and lemon slices to it.
Pour hot water over the ingredients.
Leave aside for five minutes to steep.
Strain and serve with lemon slices for garnish.

A little history
  There is no documented history of when lemon tea was first made, but since lemon is a fruit native to the Asian region, it is a safe assumption that this variety of tea must have originated here. The use of lemon in one’s diet is linked to lower cancer risks, blood purification, antiviral and antibacterial effects.


Russian Lemon Black Tea

Serves 6

Ingredients:
Water 3 cups
Black tea 1 tbsp
Lemon wedges 12
Sugar to taste

Recipe:
Warm the teapot with a little hot water. 
Place the tea leaves in the pot. Pour hot water and set aside to steep, for 4-5 minutes.
To serve, place two lemon wedges inside each cup. Fill half the cup with the tea from the pot, and the rest with warm water.
Sweeten with sugar.

A little history
  Russian lemon black tea is traditionally made using a samovar, but in the absence of one, you can use your normal teapot as well. This tea is usually made stronger than other recipes, which is why when adding the tea leaves you add one teaspoon for each cup, and ‘one for the pot’. To dilute the bitter flavour, fill only half the tea cup with the brew and then top it with water. 

The Sulaimani

Serves 6

Ingredients:
Water 6 cups
Black tea 2 tsp
Cardamom 4 pods
Cinnamon 2 one-inch pieces
Lime juice 4 tsp
Saffron, a few strands
Sugar, to taste

Recipe:
First, crush the cardamom and cinnamon with a mortar and pestle. Add these to the water and heat.
Once the water boils, pour it over the tea leaves.
Steep for one minute.
Add lime juice and saffron and stir.
Pour in cups. Add sugar or honey to taste.

A little history
  The Sulaimani is a famous post-lunch tea that originated in the Malabar region of India. It is refreshing, light, and cleanses the palate after a heavy meal. Some believe that the Prophet himself enjoyed a cup or two of Sulaimani tea, though of course in his times the tea was flavoured with dates and pepper. This bit of history is sadly unverified, but the addictive taste of this tea isn’t.