I usually am not a big fan of Tea AT ALL, yet I fell in love with an old fashioned Victorian tea about 10 years ago.
I was treated by a close friend of mine, to a very special CHRISTmas present one year. My sweet friend Mary Beth took me to an absolutely lovely and perfect old Victorian Farm House, for an authentic afternoon tea. The home was right down to the tiniest detail, perfectly restored to it's original time period. It was also the Lady's personal home as well as where she had her Victorian Tea Room business.
The farm/victorian home was called:
It was as close to being able to go back in time to **MY** favorite era as I will ever be blessed to do. I was instructed by my friend Mary Beth, to dress *UP* for the afternoon, making sure to take time & enjoy **prettying myself up** and to be dressed to the nine's. I was instructed to wear my best dress, and come prepared to be truly treated like a Lady of importance.
I so gratefully, completely, and happily enjoyed many things that day, but the top of my list was the tea that she served the entire afternoon. It was served both hot and cold, and it is equally delicious either way.
I was extremely hesitant to even try it, partly because I am such a visual person. If I can't get past how a particular food item looks, then I will not try it. Yet Mary Beth coaxed me into just a tiny little sip......and then I was in love.
The hostess/owner of that Tea Room/House, actually sold some of the Tea mixture and the instructions to take home with you. Well let me tell ya' that is one purchase I have come to be ever thankful for over the years.
I have had tea parties of my own and this Lavender Lemonade Tea is ALWAYS the main tea I will share with my friends.
So without further adue' here is a copy of the ORIGINAL Tea instructions/recipe for you to enjoy. I am also posting pic's of the batch that I just made this morning.
If you like the way lavender smells, looks, and makes you feel....then honey your gonna love this tea. It truly is ****THE BEST THING YOU CAN TAKE FOR RELAXATION****
On the copy of this recipe you will see 1 jar=9qts. That was a small jar in which the hostess had placed Dried Lavender Flowers. That's it...nothing fancy....just dried lavender flowers. So I went to my local organic grocery store and bought a tone of dried lavender flowers, and now I always keep some on hand and keep it stored in a glass jar that is air tight.
Also the exact amount of lavender flower to use is *tablespoons not teaspoons*. My original copy of the recipe had been written on by someone else.??
Here are the pics from the batch I made this morning.
Adding in the Lavender Flowers
Bring to a boil and then simmer 20 min's.
Pour everything through a strainer.
Here is the lemonade powder.
Here's the sugar.
And Here's the left over lavender flowers, after all the tea has gone into pitcher.