A Millennial's guide to Afternoon Tea
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Image Source- PexelsThere are a few misconceptions in relation to afternoon tea. For one, afternoon tea is actually a completely different event to the term 'High Tea'. Visitors from others countries have a tendency to mistake afternoon tea for high tea or royal tea. The high tea is made up of mainly savoury items of food and is of a heartier nature, whilst royal tea includes a glass of proessco! Another misconception is that you need to stretch your little finger whilst drinking tea, aiding the balance of your cup- Sorry to break this to you all, but this is a myth which does not need to be followed through. British society is probably going to be devastasted by having to acknowledge this fact now! The Scone Debate:
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Is there a particular way to stir your tea?
Indeed there is! It is one of the traditional rules of an afternoon tea- Place your spoon at the 6 o'clock position with your cup, whilst folding your tea towards the 12 o' clock position. Alongside this tea stirring method, be sure to avoid your spoon making noise with your cup and to not leave your spoon in your tea after you have finished stirring.
An afternoon tea is made up of a selection of quaint sandwiches, including the memorable cucumber ones, a variety of cakes and pastries, as well as tea and of course, the beloved scones! An afternoon tea in your home is different to that at a professional tea shop and so on. Therefore, it is not etiquete to dunk any biscuits into your cuppa at a trandtional afternoon tea- Resist the urge to do so!
Image Source- UnsplashThere is not a rule on how long you should allow your tea to brew for, but bare in mind that the longer you let your tea brew, there is a higher amount of antoxidines within your tea, which through research has found a correlation with benefits for your health! The afternoon tea is an event which has taken a positive toll on British society and regardless of how much generations change, afternoon tea is likely to remain special and an enjoyable event for people of all ages. Happy National Afternoon Tea Week!