I have to be totally honest, there is not much else that can make me go *ahhhh* like a cup of Rose Bud Tea (except chicken wings of any kind – that also makes me go *ahhhh* but in a different way). It smells like autumn and makes you feel oh-so-feminine, it’s a tea that truly lifts you up when you are feeling down and definitely won’t keep you up in bed (for the caffeine-intolerant like me) – so is perfect for sipping just before you hit the sack! I found these rose buds in Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok, and got me a couple of packs from a nice elderly couple who seemed to be the only ones in Chatuchak selling dried herbs, spices and tea.
Here’s how to make yourself a cuppa:
Rose Bud Tea
Tea Cup (or any other cup/ mug)
Tea Strainer (if you mind the buds floating – I personally don’t)
Kettle (to heat water)
Spoon (for stirring)
Rose Buds (used for tea)
1. Heat water in kettle until about 50°C.
2. Place rose buds in cup/ Place rose buds in tea strainer and place over/ in the cup (depending on the type of tea strainer you are using)
3. Pour hot water over rose buds into the cup.
4. Swirl/ Stir a couple of times and then allow to steep for about 45 seconds and then remove rose buds.*
*Note: you can choose to leave it in there for longer for a stronger flavour (cos I’m not a tea purist and cos I like to cheat), the 45 second rule was obtained from the Tea Purists at TWG – where I bought 2 other amazing teas – Silver Moon and Parisian Night. Can’t bear to consume them too quickly *heh*