Lemon Soleil Tea in a Bunch of Words:
Last weekend it was near 40 degrees (Fahrenheit), which is generally considered “balmy” this time of year for most northerners. Except it was a soggy and sleety 40 degrees, which somehow changes entirely how 40 degrees actually feels. It tends to seep in through sweaters and jackets and make your body feel heavy and your bones hurt even though it’s not really that cold. Then your body starts to tell you that you need to crawl back in to bed and cozy up next your significant other’s warm, napping body and doze off. Except, I hate sleeping. Truthfully I do because it’s so time consuming. (Does this make me weird?) So, I did the next best thing, which was root around in the box of Adagio Tea that had just been delivered to my apartment for something that would fill me with warmth.
I had several choices. There was Thai Chai, which blends warm spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger with exotic flavors like coconut and lemon grass. There was Coconut tea, which blends the creamy flavor of coconut with black tea. There was also Summer Rose, which blends dried rose petals with black tea. (Clearly, it was a cold day that had me yearning for Springtime’s warmth when I placed this order.) But, it was the Lemon Soleil I settled on because all I could think about was how badly I wanted sunshine on such a drizzly day.
I put the kettle on, and I let it whistle at me let me to know it was done. Then, I poured the water over just a skosh more than a teaspoon of tea leaves. I let it steep for three minutes, and I somehow brewed a perfect cup of tea on the first try. Ceylon tea, which tends to be citrusy compared to other types of black tea, pairs well with the lemon flavoring; it was medium-bodied, bright on my tongue, and felt refreshing. I also added a few drizzles of wildflower honey for a subtle sweetness. True to its name, Lemon Soleil is the kind of tea that makes a cold day feel like a sunny and balmy spring day, and it just made me feel so, so happy.
Now, fast forward a week, and the skies are blue in Michigan and the temperature is 75 degrees– surprisingly warm for mid-April. The window and balcony door are drawn wide open, Fargo (my cat) is chirping at the birds, and I couldn’t resist brewing myself another mug of Lemon Soleil. I’m in such high spirits, I even carved my sweet strawberries into little hearts!
Tell me, what is Springtime like in your neck of the woods?